Event to focus on scripts, pix in need of coin

NEW YORK — The Independent Feature Project has announced its screenings slate for the 23rd annual IFP Market, to unspool Sept. 30-Oct. 5 at downtown Manhattan’s Angelika Film Center and environs. Selection includes 90 fiction scripts, 120 works-in-progress, 60 completed narrative and documentary features and 60 shorts.

Indie event, known for showcasing a vast array of filmmaking on a shoestring, will train its attention this year on scripts and works in need of finishing funds — which together account for 68% of the slate.

“Over the past few years … the area in which we have been of real benefit to filmmakers has been in the work-in-progress and development area,” IFP exec director Michelle Byrd said. “With increased opportunities for completed films in the festival circuit, we have decided to reduce the screening time for features and give more visibility to those projects that need exposure to continue to move forward.”

Roughly half of this year’s picks are docus. Examples from previous years include “Southern Comfort,” which screened in the 2000 market, and “A Long Night’s Journey Into Day,” which screened in 1999 and went on to earn an Oscar nom and grand jury prize at Sundance.

Among current docu highlights will be Oscar-winner Barbara Kopple’s “The Road Home: Stories of Children of War” and John Osman’s “Justifiable Homicide,” produced by Oscar and Emmy nominee Jonathan Stack (“The Farm: Angola, USA”).

In addition, the IFP will host more than 40 seminars and workshops as part of its annual IFP Market Filmmakers Conference and run its separate No Borders co-production market concurrently at the Tribeca Grand Hotel.

Awards will include the second annual $10,000 Pipedream Script Award; two $10,000 Gordon Parks Awards for an African-American director and screenwriter; a $5,000 Eastman Kodak product grant to the Gordon Parks helmer; and prizes of Final Draft script software to the two winning screenwriters. The 11th annual Gotham Awards, hosted by Andy Dick and honoring Robert De Niro, will take place mid-market on Oct. 1.

Organizers expect more than 400 companies to attend this year’s market. Sponsors include Eastman Kodak and HBO.

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