IFP will present a tribute to the New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the 17th Annual Gotham Awards on Nov 27.

Bloomberg will be recognised for his leadership in boosting the city's credentials as a film-making hub and for supporting economic, educational, and cultural initiatives throughout the five boroughs including the Made In NY programme.

During the Bloomberg administration, IFP launched, in collaboration with the City's Department of Small Business Services, a pilot programme to provide low-budget, independent productions with modest stipends to support on-the-job training for below-the-line production crew.

IFP regularly works with the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting on policy issues affecting the independent community and IFP executive director Michelle Byrd is a member of the City's Diversity Task Force and a Commissioner on the Latin Media & Entertainment Commission.

'The Bloomberg administration understands that independent production is the lifeblood of New York's film community, and its connection to the next generation of film and digital media makers,' IFP board of directors Ira Deutchman said.

'We share a mission in fostering ways to make sustainable the City's diverse and vibrant independent film-making community, and have worked together to that end. It is our honor that the Mayor has agreed to accept a tribute from the City's oldest independent film organisation.'