IFP Film Week

Other 10–4pm
  • Regular $350
  • Media Center Members FREE



Taking place from September 17th –  22nd during IFP’s signature event, IFP Film Week, the Screen Forward Conference features public programming, panels, and the opportunity to meet with today’s most exciting independent filmmakers, content creators, and industry leaders.


Creators get funding, advice, and opportunities. Industry insiders get to discover new talent and ideas. The public gets to screen cutting-edge work. It’s a space where doors open, info is exchanged, and everybody gets creative.


The first wave of Conference programming includes special appearances from Academy Award winner Laura Poitras (CITIZENFOUR), actress and activist Rose McGowan, Rebecca Hall and Antonio Campos (of the upcoming Christine), Ezra Edelman (O.J.: Made in America),comedian and podcaster Phoebe Robinson (2 Dope Queens), Refinery29 CCO Amy Emmerich in conversation with writer and comedian Jacqueline Novak, and case studies of 2016 hits Weiner, The Fits, Hello, My Name is Doris, and The Witch, with more programming to be announced in the coming weeks.


Presentations include:

Is VR the new Indie Film? – We Examine how new VR opportunities are opening up for traditionally independent filmmakers and storytellers.


META.isThe Art of Being There: Why Multi-Sensory Experiences Matter, A look at how interactive experience designers are shaping the way we interact with the world.


New Innovators – Musical approach to visual storytelling: How do you compliment a piece of music visually and in what ways does this differ from other ways of filmmaking?


When There’s Smoke: An Emergent Creative Process- Lance Weiler explores his new film and interactive experience — with some surprises


BRDG- Creativity and Clients: How to Bridge the Gap, Working with clients and keeping creativity can be a challenge. The experiential studio BRDG reveals their process.


An advance look at “Scenic VR” – Get a sneak preview of works-in-progress from the innovative and freshly formed virtual reality studio.


Past Participants Included:

Christine Vachon (Carol)

James Schamus (Brokeback Mountain)

JC Chandor (Margin Call)

Lee Daniels (Precious)

Lena Dunham (Girls)

Alex Ross Perry (Listen up Philip)

Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost)

A.O. Scott (The New York Times)

Kevin Smith (Red State)

Beau Willimon (House of Cards)

Cara Mertes (Director of Ford Foundation’s JustFilms initiative)

Producer Ted Hope (American Splendor)

Eugene Chung (Oculus’ Director of Film & Media).


Presented by: Independent Film Program


Price: $350 All access Week Pass, $100 All Access Day Pass


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