The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) has announced during Independent Film Week the first five projects to get week-long theatrical runs at the Made In NY Media Center’s theatre as part of the Screen Forward initiative.  

Starting on October 17, the programme will give filmmakers in the process of self-distribution the opportunity to gain a New York theatrical run, with IFP working alongside each filmmaking team on a range of support including audience engagement and grassroots outreach strategies, publicity and a revenue split.

The fall slate includes: Josephine Decker’s Butter On The Latch and Thou Wast Mild And Lovely; Paul Harrill’s Something, Anything; Onur Tukel’s Summer Of Blood; and Madeleine Olnek’s The Foxy Merkins.

“Screen Forward is a natural outgrowth of our mission to foster and celebrate the work of emerging artists,” said Joana Vicente (pictured), executive director of IFP and the Made in NY Media Center. “With the Media Center’s state-of-the-art facilities, and IFP’s 36-year-history elevating new works in the marketplace, we’re able to provide filmmakers with a truly unique theatrical launch.”

Earlier in the week IFP and Durga Entertainment announced Eleanor Burke as the recipient of the 2014 Durga Entertainment Filmmaker Grant, established for an alumnus of IFP who is balancing a filmmaking career with parenting. The grant provides a $20,000 unrestricted prize to encourage the recipient to continue making quality films.