IFP Chicago is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to the idea that independent film is an important art form and a powerful voice in our society. We provide information, community, education and professional development opportunities for independent filmmakers, industry professionals and independent film enthusiasts. We encourage quality and diversity in independent production and assist filmmakers at all levels of experience in realizing their unique vision.

Staff & Board of Directors

IFP Chicago Staff

Executive Director: Nicole Bernardi-Reis

Assistant Director: Tommy van Arsdale

Chicago Underground Film Festival Programmer & Artistic Director: Bryan Wendorf

Board of Directors

Lisa Swanson, IT Strategist

Vice President
Ines Sommer, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Percolator Films

Vice President
Jonah Zeiger, Northwestern University

Christopher Johnson, Founder, Johnsonese Brokerage LLC

Travis Life, Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC

Past President
Carrie Holt de Lama, Independent Producer

Executive Director, Past President
Nicole Bernardi-Reis, Independent Producer

Jeff Becker, Chair of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Entertainment and Media Law Practice Group

Meggie Cramer, Assistant Director, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Amelia Dellos, Writer & Producer, Corn Bred Films

Jessie Fairbanks, Producer & Project Manager

Angie Gaffney, Producer & Manager, Black Apple Media

John Mossman, Director, Mossman Films

John Otterbacher, Producer & Director, Orange Chair Productions, Ltd.

Laurel Ward, Independent Producer

Keaton Wooden, Independent Producer & Director


Contact Us

Phone: 773.998.1082

Email: info@ifpchicago.org

Mailing Address: 2558 W16th Street, Stage 18, Chicago, IL 60608