In the juried awards, IFP presented the inaugural $50,000 Independent Filmmaker Lab Finishing Grant to Joseph Cashiola for his debut drama A Thing As Big As The Ocean and the $10,000 Adrienne Shelly Director's Grant to Dia Sokol for her debut Sorry, Thanks.
Two other juried awards saw the $5,000 Kodak Grand Jury Screenwriting Prize go to Benjamin Bates for Walrus Eating Baloney and the $10,000 Fledgling Fund Award For Socially Conscious Documentaries presented to Beth Murphy for The Promise Of Freedom.
Eight participants in IFP's Project Forum Of Panasonic Digital Filmmaking Grants received support. The five winners of the Panasonic Digital Filmmaking Grants were: Damian Lahey and Ian Ogden for Child In The Dark; JP Chan for Chinos Y Negros; Pascal Leister and Nissar Modi for Gringo Bay; Leah Meyerhoff for Unicorns; and Shiva Ramanathan for The Unseen. Winners will each receive a three-week rental of a Panasonic A6-HPX500 Package.
The three Grand Prize Winners of the Panasonic Digital Filmmaking Grants were: Annie Howell for Black Kid; Susan Youssef for Habibi Rasak Kharban; and Matthew Porterfield for Metal Gods. Winners will each receive a three-week rental of a Panasonic A6-HPX500 Package and P2 Gear.
IFP also announced that each of the winning projects will be assigned a producing mentor. Confirmed producers mentors include Ged Dickerson, Jared Ian Goldman and Sean Fogel.