IFFCON in San Fran

The International Film Financing Conference has set Jan. 14-17 for its sixth edition. The venue will be Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and KQED Studios, San Francisco. Deadline for submissions to IFFCON 99 is Oct. 23.

Sparked by the success of the Rotterdam Cinemart, IFFCON selects 60 projects annually to participate in seminars, panels and information sessions related to the financing, sales and distribution of independently produced features, documentaries and miniseries. Producers of the selected projects have the opportunity to meet with resource people and potential buyers and financiers during the four-day conference.

“I realized when I began to produce that it can take a lot of dribs and drabs to finance a film,” said conference organizer Wendy Braitman. “Someone told me about Rotterdam and, after attending the first time, I just said that there ought to be an event in America that brings filmmakers and buyers together.”

Braitman said that positive aspects of IFFCON include participants becoming aware of potential markets for their projects and becoming more savvy about how to present their films to possible buyers and investors.

Generally speaking, accepted films have come from producers with some prior experience and with at least a modest amount of sales or development in place.

This year will also mark the second session to include an Asia-Pacific component. Five filmmakers from Southeast will be invited to attend.

Information packets and applications are available by calling IFFCON 99 at: (415)-281-9777 or at its Web site: http://www.iffcon.com.

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