IFP/West has reached an agreement with the L.A. Film Collaborative to take over production of the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival and incorporate it as an ongoing program of IFP/West.
IFP/West, which co-produced this year’s fest with the LAFC, will provide a year-round home for the festival’s management and infrastructure and will develop sponsorship and strategic alliances for the festival.
Festival director Richard Raddon, programming director Thomas Ethan Harris and marketing/publicity director R.J. Millard will remain in place.
“Although the festival will no longer be a program of the LAFC, we will continue our mission of supporting emerging filmmakers through consultations and grants,” said LAFC president and festival founder Robert Faust, who launched the event in 1995.
LAIFF director Richard Raddon added, “As L.A. Independent has continued to grow, the need for year-round support and additional monies has become more apparent. With the resources and reputation of IFP/West, the festival can increase its activities and further the services and opportunities for filmmakers selected for the festival.”
The deal was negotiated on behalf of the festival by Faust and festival managing director Linda Rattner. Repping IFP/West was its executive director, Dawn Hudson, and managing director Michael Harrison.