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|IndieGoGo Brings "DIWO" To IFP Independent Filmmaker Labs and Internet Week NY|
Six Projects Find Fundraising Success on Online Social Marketplace for Filmmakers and Fans
Berkeley, California, May 7, 2008-IndieGoGo, the online social marketplace that connects filmmakers and fans to make more independent film happen, announced the Independent Feature Project (IFP) as a new addition to its partnership network. IndieGoGo and IFP kicked off their collaboration this week with a seminar at the IFP Documentary Filmmaker Lab discussing DIWO-(Do-It-With-Others) filmmaking and the online trends affecting film financing, production and distribution. Since launching in January, six projects have successfully used IndieGoGo to raise funds and IndieGoGo has become home for 260 projects, thousands of visitors, and nearly $50,000 in fan contributions.
"IFP has helped to find and cultivate some of independent film's top talents. Their programs and IndieGoGo's tools are an exciting combination for emerging filmmakers", said Slava Rubin, IndieGoGo Founder and Chief of Strategy and Marketing.
IFP is a 30-year old membership organization which has supported 7,000 films and engaged more than 20,000 filmmakers in its activities, including Michael Moore, Kevin Smith, John Sayles, Spike Lee, Mira Nair and others. Annually it fosters the development of 200 feature and documentary films through Independent Film Week and its Labs; offers educational seminars and mentorship in the art, technology and business of independent filmmaking; publishes Filmmaker Magazine; and celebrates independent films with the Gotham Awards.
"No one makes an independent film on their own," says IFP Executive Director Michelle Byrd. "IndieGoGo has been immensely proactive in reaching out to the indie community with their DIWO message and we're pleased to partner with them on our Independent Filmmaker Labs and Internet Week NY."
IndieGoGo and IFP will be participating in Internet Week NY, June 3-10, 2008, hosting a series of events under the banner, Where Internet & Film Collide. "Best of the Internet" will be presented at the IFC Center on June 5th at 7:30pm, a panel discussion with digital filmmakers and Internet pioneers will be at the Apple Soho store on June 8th at 3:00 pm, and a party celebrating the collision of Internet and Film will commence later that evening at Chinatown Brasserie.