IFP/Chicago Announces 2014 Conference Line Up


Signature IFP/Chicago Event Returns to Columbia College Chicago on Friday, October 10 - Saturday, October 11

CHICAGO (September 29, 2014) --  IFP/Chicago (www.ifpchicago.org) is excited to release its preliminary schedule for the 2014 Filmmakers Conference, which will be held Friday, October 10 - Saturday October 11 at Film Row Cinema at Columbia College Chicago (1104 S. Wabash, 8th Floor, Chicago).

One of IFP/Chicago's most enduring events, the Conference screenings, panels, case-studies and guest speakers address topics important to the industry in 2014.  Passes are on sale now at www.ifpchicago.org/conference-passes. IFP/Chicago members receive a significant discount on conference admission - to join, visit www.ifpchicago.org/benefits/.

Below are a sampling of Friday and Saturday sessions. For a complete list of events and speakers, visit www.ifpchicago.org/conference.

Breaking In and Making It: Starting Up and Getting Ahead in the Illinois Production Industry - How does filmmaking create jobs and develop a skilled workforce? How does independent filmmaking contribute to the production landscape of Illinois? What are the career paths available? How can I continue my professional development? How can Illinois residents from under-represented communities break into the business? From small-scale web series, to mega-budget blockbusters; from home-grown indie films, to global advertising campaigns, each type and genre of motion picture is created in Illinois. We will examine the unique and varied production industry of Illinois and describe various available career pathways. We will also describe the numerous opportunities available for Illinois filmmakers to develop and build their skillsets.

More Than One: Producing the Documentary Series - From traditional broadcast and cable to the web, what does it take to successfully produce and distribute documentary series for different outlets and audiences? Join us for a look at some of the most exciting new series being produced in Chicago today.

Meet the Programmers - What do festivals look for when assembling a line-up? How can filmmakers best position their work for consideration? What are the do's and don'ts of festival submissions? This panel will provide you with insight into the programming and curating of film festivals.

Show Me the Money: Filmmakers Talk Financing - This panel of filmmakers will discuss their strategies for raising funds for their projects: shorts, narrative, documentary. What worked? What will they try next time? Hear the lessons they learned that you can apply to your work.

Women at the Helm - Join in on this conversation of women who have written, directed and produced films in Chicago. What breakthroughs have women made in the entertainment industry in the last 10 years. Do women get the same respect as their male counterparts on set? What problems and/or benefits are associated with a woman being the person in charge?

2014 Conference Sponsors: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, Columbia College Chicago - Cinema Art + Science, Digital Professional Institute, The Illinois Arts Council Agency, Illinois Film Office and SAGIndie.

About IFP/Chicago

Independent Filmmaker Project/Chicago (IFP/Chicago, www.ifpchicago.org) is a non-profit organization committed to the idea that independent film is an important art form and a powerful voice in society.  We provide resources, information and avenues of communication 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.  Our events include screenings, workshops, the "75 Minutes With ..." conversations and the IFP/Chicago Filmmakers Conference.  In addition, IFP/Chicago proudly sponsors the Chicago Underground Film Festival (www.cuff.org) which just celebrated its 21st year.