IFP helps out emerging filmmakers

Film unit doles out $100,000 in donations

IFP doled out some $100,000 in donations and services to emerging filmmakers at a luncheon Thursday.

Along with those gifts, the event at Chinatown Brasserie included a presentation of directors from IFP’s Independent Film Lab, a national program connecting films at the rough cut stage with mentors before they are completed and ready to enter the festival circuit. Actress Melonie Diaz hosted the awards luncheon.

The event signaled the close of IFP’s 29th Independent Film Week, a series of panels, pitch sessions and meet-and-greets geared toward uncovering the next generation of film talent.

Winners included:

  • Eunhee Cho, the winner of the $10,000 Adrienne Shelly Director’s Grant for her film “Inner Circle Line”

  • Avi Weider, winner of the $5,000 Emerging Narrative Screenplay Award for “Zeroes and Ones”

  • Nir Paniry, the winner of The Rising Star Award for an Emerging Narrative Screenplay for “Kamikaze Dolls.” The win netted a product grant valued at $6,000 from Eastman Kodak

  • to Landon Van Soest, the winner of the $10,000 Fledgling Fund Award for Socially Conscious Documentaries for the film “Good Fortune”

  • Yolanda Pividal, winner of the $10,000 Fledgling Fund Award for Emerging Latino Filmmakers for the film “Tijuana, Nada Más.”

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