IFP Film Week Expands to Include TV, Digital

IFP Film Week Expands to Include
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The Independent Filmmaker Project is expanding its IFP Film Week to support television, digital, web, VR and app-based series as part of its 45-project slate, Variety has learned exclusively.

The event, set for Sept. 17-22, is moving after 37 years in Manhattan to Brooklyn.

“IFP Film Week is delving into such exciting new territories this year,” says IFP executive director Joana Vicente. “In this changing technological landscape, it’s imperative to give voices to those who think outside the box and look to not only film and television, but also web, digital, and VR platforms to get their stories out there. We’re also thrilled that these voices will belong to more and more women, people of color, and members of the LGBT community.”

IFP’s goal is to champion the future of storytelling by connecting artists with essential resources at all stages of development and distribution.

IFP noted that more than 50% of the participating projects in this year’s Film Week are inclusive of a range of races, genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities and physical abilities in key creative positions. Under the curatorial leadership of deputy director/head of programming Amy Dotson and senior director of programming Milton Tabbot, 45 projects have been selected.

The projects include:

— “According To My Mother,” a comedic series from actor Daniel K. Isaac (“Billions”)

— “Awkward Celebrity Encounters,” an animated web-comedy from Caveh Zahedi (“The Show About the Show”)

— “Big Fun,” a French/American thriller series from producer of France’s “Hero Corp”

— “House of Psychotic Women,” from the producer of “The Greasy Strangler”

— “The Illegal,” from the team behind the Canadian miniseries “Book of Negros” and the executive producer of OWN’s “Greenleaf”

— “Love & Stuff,” a limited non-fiction series from director Judith Helfand (“Blue Vinyl”)

— “The Order,” a dramatic thriller from director Jim Mickle (“Cold In July”)

— “Sex Ed,” a drama from producers of “Teen Mom & Serial: Season 2”

— Untitled Flint police project, a non-fiction series from the team behind “T-Rex”

— “Shugs & Fats” (2015 Gotham Award breakthrough series)

— “The Come Up” (2016 Series Fest winner) and “Namaste, Bitches.”

All projects will also participate in Screen Forward Pitches, an all-day, exclusive live pitching session with top television, new media and digital execs.

(Pictured: IFP executive director Joana Vicente.)

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