Gotham’s 29th annual IFP Market and third Filmmaker Conference begins a five-day run of indie film-focused activities on Sunday. Event is based in Soho’s Puck Building.
Formal kickoff takes place on Monday with the New York preem of John Sayles’ “Honeydripper,” followed by a 15th-anniversary party for IFP’s Filmmaker magazine.
Some 2,000 industry attendees are expected over the five-day run.
IFP market meetings will be skedded for 168 accepted projects, mainly in the development stages. They include new films from producers Peter Herrmann (“Nowhere in Africa”), Effie Brown (“Rocket Science”) and Paul Mezey (“Maria Full of Grace,” “Half Nelson”). Directors Fred Schepisi, Josh Marston, Paul Morrison and Patricia Cardoso will be shopping new projects as well.
Mart is divided into three sections: Emerging Narrative, for writer-directors looking for producers; No Borders, a co-production market for projects with partial financing seeking additional funds from the global marketplace; and Spotlight on Documentaries, for docu projects in the works needing funding and distribution.
As part of a renewed IFP partnership with the Brits, the U.K. Film Council will present highlights from its New Cinema Fund projects in a showcase to be held Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Angelika. Event is set up primarily for festival programmers but is aimed at the Gotham indie community, too.
At the Filmmaker Conference, a conversation series will feature bizzers such as Sayles and his producer Maggie Renzi, Participant Prods. head of docus Diane Weyermann and QED topper Bill Block.
Daily panels will include speakers such as musician Moby, producer Ted Hope, Picturehouse’s Bob Berney, Sony Classics’ Dylan Leiner, Maximum Films’ Charlotte Mickie, ThinkFilm’s Mark Urman, IFC Center’s John Vanco and attorney Steven Beer.