IFP taking act on road

Indie film org looks to acquaint, promote itself through interaction

The Independent Feature Project is prepping to tour the U.S. with a series of orientation events designed to acquaint indie filmmakers with the org’s mission and programs.

Presentations, to be given by industry execs and indie directors as well as IFP operatives, will be timed to coincide with film festivals in the selected locales.

First session is slated for April 17 during the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival and will include as participants Strand Releasing co-prexy Jon Gerrans, helmer Cauleen Smith (“Drylongso”) and IFP program director Karen Schwartzman.

“One of the things we feel really strong about is that while our film market has a national impact, it’s really as important for us to go out into communities and meet people where they are and where they’re doing the work,” IFP exec director Michelle Byrd told Daily Variety.

Sessions are especially dedicated to highlighting the org’s exhibition programs, which — in addition to the Independent Feature Film Market — include the lesser-known Independents’ Night (for documentaries) and American Independent Visions (a feature series co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center).

Next scheduled session is in Philadelphia on May 1, to be followed by dates in Washington, San Francisco and New York. For more information, visit http://www.ifp.org.

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