The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) champions the future of storytelling by connecting artists with essential resources at all stages of development and distribution. It fosters a vibrant and sustainable independent storytelling community, represents a growing network of 10,000 storytellers around the world, and plays a key role in developing new feature and documentary works. IFP guides storytellers through the process of making and distributing their work. It offers creative, technological and business support through year-round programming, which includes Filmmaker Magazine, Independent Film Week, Envision (a unique partnership between IFP and the United Nations Department of Public Information), The Gotham Independent Film Awards, and the Independent Filmmaker Labs.
Its latest initiative, the Made In NY Media Center by IFP is an incubator space developed with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, where storytellers from multiple disciplines, industries, and platforms can create, collaborate and connect.
IFP Executive Director Joana Vicente at MINY Media Center
“The Media Center is the perfect platform to carry forward the mission of IFP,” says Executive Director Joana Vicente, who came on board in 2009, and sees the Center “as a means to create community among a new breed of story-tellers and provide support for their projects.”
Vicente’s experience in production provided plenty of exposure to the ever-changing technology that was shaping how content is made and consumed. She co-founded Open City Films and HDNet Films with her husband Jason Kliot, whose films have been selected numerous times for the Cannes, Berlin, Venice, and Toronto film festivals and have garnered winning trophies at The Sundance Film Festival. The Media Center, she believed was the next step for IFP. It was “the way for us to grow – by finding storytellers and connecting them to resources.”
In October 2013, the Media Center opened on the corner of Jay and John Streets in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Facilities that are open to the public include an education center, featuring multiple classrooms designed to host a wide array of educational programs including hands-on workshops, live demonstrations and expert seminars; a media arts gallery, showcasing cutting-edge, new-media storytelling installations from artists within the international art and filmmaking community; a 72-seat screening room for exhibiting and sharing the latest work from the Center and around the world; and a 1,600-square-foot café encouraging casual collaboration and discussion in a social setting. The state-of-the-art Media Center aims to bring together professionals from the film, television, advertising, new-media, gaming, marketing and branding industries for collaboration and new opportunities.
The Media Center is an expanding and creative community of established and up-and-coming entrepreneurs, and offers different levels of membership and participation. To learn more, visit www.nymediacenter.com.