IFP market: Timeline

From 20 films to a partnership with Cannes

1979

The first Independent Feature Film Market unspools 20 completed feature films, including “Street Corner Stories,” directed and produced by Warrington Hudlin, and Martha Coolidge’s “Not a Pretty Picture.”

1980

Umbrella org Independent Feature Project is founded.

1991

First Gotham Awards presents tributes to Jonathan Demme, John Turturro, Richard Price, d.p. Ernest Dickerson and producer Michael Hausman. Jennie Livingston wins the Open Palm Award for “Paris Is Burning.”

1992

The IFP and IFP/West launch Filmmaker Magazine.

1993

Inspired by Richard Linklater’s successful “Slacker” screening at the 1991 market, Kevin Smith unspools “Clerks” at the IFFM.

1995

No Borders Intl. Co-Production Market added to IFFM.

2002

Narrative features are discontinued at the IFFM.

2004 IFP becomes an official partner of the Cannes Producers Network in May. Gotham Awards move to the fall, the start of awards season.

2005

Narrative Works-in-Progress program is discontinued at the IFFM, replaced with the Independent Filmmaker Lab for narrative and docu rough cuts.

2006

IFP partners with Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP), Pusan’s co-production market.

2008

IFP rebrands the IFP Market as Independent Film Week.

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