More than half of the Independent Filmmaker Project’s (IFP) 140 titles at the upcoming Project Forum in Septembers’ IFP Independent Film Week hail from women.


Announcing the slate on Wednesday, IFP executive director Joana Vicente noted the strong representation of women when she praised the organisation’s “long-standing history of supporting diverse voices.”

In recent years IFP has played a key role in launching the first films of many of today’s most adventurous women filmmakers including Desiree Akhavan, Anna Boden, Rama Burshtein, Debra Granik, Leah Meyerhoff, Laura Poitras, Gillian Robespierre and Dee Rees.

Under the curatorial leadership of deputy director/head of programming Amy Dotson and senior director of programming Milton Tabbot, this year’s nexus for filmmakers and executives comprises RBC’s Emerging Storytellers programme, No Borders International Co-Production Market and Spotlight On Documentaries.

RBC’s Emerging Storytellers highlights creative visionaries and showcases narrative features and web series in development new to the independent scene.

Short filmmakers such as Jennifer Reeder and Dean C Marcial present works alongside projects from Charles Poekel and Andrew Semans.

The Web Storytellers Spotlight returns to Project Forum with five web series in various stages of development. All five projects are written and directed by women, including Emily Carmichael, Chanelle Pearson and the second season of web-series Eat Our Feelings from Emma Jane Gonzalez and Sasha Winters.

No Borders International Co-Production Market, the only international co-production market in the US, showcases 45 projects from more than 20 international partners including, for the first time, features from Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, Greece, Mexico and the UK.

There are feature scripts from writer-directors Andrew Haigh, Lawrence Michael Levine, Sophie Barthes, Talya Lavie and Saschka Unseld.

Spotlight on Documentaries presents 60 projects includes new work from non-fiction directors such as Doug Block, Heather Courtney and Anayansi Prado, Catherine Gund, Senain Kheshgi and Lana Wilson.

Click here for the full slate of projects and descriptions.