IFP Filmmaker Conference: The Future of Film

By , posted 6 September 2010

The President of HBO Documentary Films, Sheila Nevins, and founder of Cinetic Media, John Sloss, will headline the Filmmaker Conference at the 32nd Annual Independent Film Week, Sept. 19-23 in New York. The event is presented by IFP, the nation's oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers.

To capture the "Future of Film" theme, IFP also brought on Liz Rosenthal, cross-media expert and founder of Power to the Pixel, to help headline the event. Rosenthal will discuss the expansion of film narratives into other media.

Each day of the conference will kick off with a "Conversations With" series sponsored by Kodak. The series will feature one-on-one, in-depth discussions with notable writers, directors, execs and new-media experts about their experiences in the industry and where filmmaking is heading next.

The conference will also feature daily case studies on the break-out indie films of the year, featuring the Duplass Brothers' "Cyrus," Sundance 2010 Grand Jury Prize winners Debra Granik's "Winter's Bone," Tim Hetherington's and Sebastian Junger's "Restrepo" and Lena Dunham's "Tiny Furniture."

"IFP is taking the initiative to change the high-low speaker/audience dynamic of traditional conferences by providing audiences everywhere ample opportunity to add their voice to the future of film," said IFP Deputy Director Amy Dotson in a statement. "Starting today of IFP's website, a number of new online opportunities will be available to filmmakers and film lovers all around the world to help guide the discussion and participate, including: forums with select panelists in advance of the event, live streaming of select discussions, crowd-sourced questions to panelists, and online contests offering attendees the opportunity to pitch live at the conference to top producers, executives and financiers."

Read the rest of this article at Film Slate Magazine.

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