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IFP sets finalists in Parks filmmaking competition

Winners to receive cash prize, product grant, software

The Independent Feature Project has announced the finalists for this year’s Gordon Parks Independent Film Awards.

Annual IFP Market event recognizes outstanding directing and screenwriting achievement by emerging African-American filmmakers.

Presentations will take place Oct. 3 at Gotham’s DGA theater, followed by a 15th anniversary screening of Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It.”

Both winners will receive cash prizes of $10,000. In addition, Eastman Kodak will provide a $5,000 product grant to the winning director, and Final Draftwill provide script software to the winning screenwriter.

Finalists were selected from direct submissions and the pool of eligible projects at this year’s IFP Market, which runs Sept. 30-Oct. 5 at the Angelika Film Center and neighboring SoHo locations.

All nominated films will screen during market week. Actor-director Bill Duke, actor-director-writer Cheryl Dunye, producer Deborah Martin Chase, actor-director Malcolm D. Lee and actress Tonya Lee Williams will decide the winners.

Nominees for the screenwriting prize include Aida Croal (“Blow Baby Blow”) Sabu Quinn (“k”), Matt George (“Soul Alley”) Yaphet Smith (“The Supermarvelous”) and Jono Oliver (“The Other Ones”).

The directing finalists are Vanessa Middleton (“30 Years to Life”), Jacques Thelemaque (“The Dogwalker”), Allen Harris (docu “E Minha Cara/That’s My Face”), Darien Sills-Evans (“X-Patriots”) and Ryan Richmond (“Money Matters”).

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