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All the Buzz on Film Festival Awards, Celebrity Tributes and the Film Awards Season.

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2017 IFP Gotham Award winners announced





This past Monday evening we announced the winners of the 27th Annual IFP Gotham Awards at our awards ceremony hosted by John Cameron Mitchell and held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.


Luca Guadagnino's Call Me By Your Name won the Best Feature and Breakthrough Actor (Timothée Chalamet) awards, while Jordan Peele's Get Out took home Breakthrough Director, Best Screenplay, and the Audience Award.


New CharityBuzz item up on the IFP page: The original Call Me By Your Name novel signed by director Luca Guadagnino, Breakthrough Actor winner Timothée Chalamet, and Armie Hammer. Bid quickly


The award for Best Documentary went to Strong Island, director Yance Ford's examination of family trauma and years of unanswered questions wrought by the loss and unprosecuted murder of his brother by a white man in 1992.


Winning the award for Best Actor was James Franco for his impeccable comedic and passionate incarnation of Tommy Wiseau, director of the notorious The Room (the "Citizen Kane of bad movies") in The Disaster Artist, which Franco also directed. 


Saoirse Ronan was voted Best Actress for Lady Bird, in which, as the self-named titular character, she rages against everything that reminds her she is trapped in Sacramento, awaiting flight from her senior year in Catholic school to a far, far better place...hopefully New York.


Career Tributes were also given during the ceremony to actors Nicole Kidman (presented by Reese Witherspoon) and Dustin Hoffman (presented by Elizabeth Marvel), director Sofia Coppola (presented by Tamara Jenkins), producer Jason Blum (presented by Ethan Hawke), cinematographer Ed Lachman (presented by David Byrne), and a Humanitarian Tribute to Al Gore (presented by Dan Rather).


For the full list of this year's award winners, please click here.

To watch the ceremony on Youtube, please click here.




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For more information on this year's ceremony, please click here.


IFP Alumni on Screen





Opens Friday, December 1st at the Quad Cinema at 34 West 13th Street


Directed & Produced by Oren Jacoby


Predating Banksy by more than a decade, the late Richard Hambleton sparked the street art movement in 1980s New York, alongside contemporaries Basquiat and Keith Haring, painting hundreds of looming, shadowy figures all over Manhattan's public walls. 


Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Oren Jacoby's film is packed with rare archival footage of New York's underground art scene, immersing us in the chaos of Hambleton's life and creative process-from his meteoric rise to his struggles with addiction and free fall into homelessness, to his miraculous career comeback. A Film Movement release.


Shadowman is an alumnus of Spotlight on Documentaries at IFP Week. For more information, please click here.



32 Pills: My Sister's Suicide


Opens Friday, December 1st at the Cinema Village at 22 East 12th Street


Airs Thursday, December 7th on HBO. Check local listings.


Directed by Hope Litoff and Produced by Beth Levison


She's beautiful, artistic, loved and can't stand to be alive. 


32 Pills traces the fascinating life and mental illness of the filmmaker's sister, New York artist and photographer Ruth Litoff, and the filmmaker's struggle to come to terms with her sister's tragic suicide.


32 Pills: My Sister's Suicide is an alumnus of Spotlight on Documentaries at IFP Week. For more information, please click here.





Opens Friday, December 1st in Philadelphia at the Ritz at the Bourse


Opens Friday, December 8th in Manhattan at the Quad Cinema at 34 West 13th Street


Directed by Jonathan Olshefski and Produced by Sabrina Schmidt Gordon


A veritable feat of vérité filmmaking shot over the course of a decade, Quest intimately follows a North Philadelphia family-music producer Christopher "Quest" Rainey, his wife Christine'a (aka "Ma Quest"), and their daughter PJ-and its perennial struggle to get by. Granted remarkable access by his endlessly compelling subjects, director Jonathan Olshefski makes the everyday extraordinary, capturing the doubts, hopes, frustrations, and joys over several tumultuous years of American life. A First Run Features release.


Quest is an alumnus of IFP Labs. For more information, please click here.


Made in NY Media Center by IFP News and Events



Cyfest Presents: Cloudy with a Chance of Pixels - Opening Reception


Thursday, December 7th at 6pm


The Made in NY Media Center by IFP is proud to once again partner with Cyfest for our December 2017 exhibition. Cloudy with a Chance of Pixels is a collaborative work made specifically for the 27-screen video wall by Blake Marques Carrington's Interactive Studio I class at Pratt Institute's Department of Digital Arts.

Taking inspiration from the festival theme of "Digital Cloudiness", a team of 9 digital arts students explore ideas around pixelated nature, universal simulation, and the data cloud as a new form of environment. These young artists investigate possibilities for tearing open analog reality, finding consciousness and meditation in a torrent of data.


For more information, please click here.


IFP Recommends 



Low Budget Film Contract Workshop


Thursday, December 14th from 6pm - 8pm


Learn how to hire professional actors for your independent film! 


Join SAGindie staff and SAG-AFTRA Theatrical Business Representatives to walk you through the process of signing SAG-AFTRA Low Budget Agreements from start to finish. Workshops are held in Los Angeles and New York on the 2nd Thursday of every month from 6 to 8pm and are FREE. 


Workshops fill up quickly so register now!


To read more, please click here.


This week on Filmmaker Magazine



"If You Were a Real Filmmaker, You'd Have a Fancier Camera": Oren Jacoby on Shadowman


by Erik Luers


One of the most celebrated street artists of the 1980s, Richard Hambleton created a collection of equally eccentric and harrowing work that decorated the walls, alleyways and sidewalks of New York City. Along with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hambleton was an unrivaled challenging artist and, as his contemporaries tragically died before middle age, one of its remaining beacons of inspiration. While known for his "murder art" - chalk outlines of fictitious crime scenes splattered with red paint resembling blood - and his Marlboro Man paintings crafted from a thick tar-like substance, Hambleton's most iconic pieces serve as the namesake of Oren Jacoby's new documentary in theaters this week.


To read more, please click here.


Recommended Classes Taught by The Edit Center



Documentary Editing for Filmmakers


Two-day class: Saturday Dec 2nd and Sunday, December 3rd from 10:30am - 5:30pm


Editing is at the core of documentary filmmaking. Yet there are few resources to learn about editing from the director's perspective. As a result, even relatively experienced filmmakers find the post-production process stressful and overwhelming. And for first-time filmmakers, it's a major stumbling block.


This two-day workshop, taught by Emmy-award-winning editor and producer Adam Bolt, will teach you how to think about editing in order to make better decisions while shooting and how to plan and manage a successful edit to get the most out of your budget and schedule. We'll also explore different storytelling strategies and discuss the most common editing pitfalls, using examples from real projects.


To read more, please click here.


Call For Entries



Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival


Regular Deadline: December 6th, 2017


This is your chance to submit for the 2018 Hot Docs Festival (April 26 to May 6, 2018) and premiere your film to industry leaders and the world's best audiences. 


Late Deadline: January 8, 

late fees apply


For more information, please click here.



Media Arts Assistance Fund (MAAF)


Regular Deadline: January 15th, 2018


New York State Council on the Arts in partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund for individual artists provides up to $10,000 in support for the distribution of a recently completed work (within 2017) in all genres of time-based and moving image media, including emergent technology. Distribution Grants enable new work to reach public audiences and advance public engagement in the media arts. Artists in all regions of New York State are eligible to apply for funds. Deadline January 15, 2018. Guidelines and application here.


For more information, please click here.



SFFILM / Westridge Grant


Regular Deadline: February 2nd, 2018


SFFILM / Westridge Grant awards $200,000 annually to support US based independent narrative filmmakers in screenwriting and development stages in grants of $20,000 - $25,000. This grant supports filmmakers who are telling stories addressing significant social issues and questions of our time. There is no Bay Area pre-requisite for this grant and additional support includes mentorship from SFFILM and Westridge, as well as a week intensive of meetings and mentorship in SF. Check out the announcement in Filmmaker Magazine and on the SFFILM / Westridge Grant website."


For more information, please click here.


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