Indie Project Seeks O’seas Funds

The Independent Feature Project/East, which helps indie filmmakers get money and domestic distribution, is using its new position as U.S. rep for the Directors Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival to find foreign coin and distributors for alternative films.

Sandy Mandelberger, IFP program and market director, and Karol Martesko, acting IFP director, are collecting and screening unknown films; deadline for submissions is March 5. They and Directors Fortnight curator Pierre Henri Deleau will make the final selection of the 12 or so films that get showcased in France. Previously, the IFP was limited to helping indies in competition get meetings with possible distributors.

The IFP East, said Mandelberger, also will be at the American Film Market for the first time, trying to lure foreign buyers to the annual IFP Market in New York this fall.

“We’re trying to convince as many filmmakers, producers and tv and film buyers that if they really want to see what’s new in American independent work, this is the place for them to come,” said Mandelberger.

About half of the films shown at Sundance make their premieres at IFP – usually before they’re picked up distributors. That includes “Sex, Lies And Videotape” and “Slacker,” a pic that has been picked up Orion Classics.

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