October 20, 2015 at 11:44 am #364038
IFP Announces Two New Award Categories For Annual IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards
by Erik Luers on September 17, 2015
New York, NY (September 17, 2015)
– The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s premier member
organization of independent storytellers, announced today that two new
awards will be given for the first time at the upcoming 25th Annual IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards. Two Breakthrough Series awards will single out outstanding achievement in serialized content in television and new digital media.
In recognition that the spirit and vision of the best of ‘independent
film’ is also realized in content created for a variety of platforms in
a variety of lengths and formats, the IFP Gotham Independent Film
Awards will acknowledge television and new digital media programming
with awards given for series content.
The awards will honor exceptionally realized new series that expand
the possibilities of creative, independent storytelling in serialized
content. The series should be realized with an economy of means, and
characterized by innovation, risk taking, creative freedom and vision,
and the introduction of new voices and non-traditional subject matter
that enrich the landscape or push the boundaries of ‘television.’
“IFP programs have long supported independent and innovative
storytellers, and we continue to do that across a growing diversity of
content strands and platforms,” says Joana Vicente, Executive Director
of IFP and the Made in New York Media Center by IFP. “On the 25th
Anniversary of the Gotham Awards we thought it was time to acknowledge
significant accomplishment in the field of serialized content – and to
do so in the manner that the Gothams honor other “breakthrough” talent.”
Breakthrough Series awards will be given in two formats: Long Form
(for continuing or limited series with episodes running 30 minutes and
longer) and Short Form (for continuing or limited series with the
majority of episodes under 20 minutes). Focusing on “debut” series, only
series that premiered within the last year (September 1, 2014 – August
31, 2015) will be eligible. Full criteria for the Breakthrough Series
awards are available at http://gotham.ifp.org. Nominations for the
awards will be announced along with nominations for all competitive
category awards on October 22nd, 2015.
Nominations will be made by committee recommendation and not through
open submission review. Committees will be comprised of critics,
journalists, curators, programmers and others not directly engaged in
the production and distribution of TV and new media content.
The IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards’ 10 competitive awards will be presented on Monday, November 30th
at Cipriani Wall Street, along with previously announced Tributes to
filmmaker Todd Haynes, actors Robert Redford and Helen Mirren, and
producer Steve Golin. Haynes’ Carol,
distributed by The Weinstein Company, will open theatrically in
November, while Robert Redford can currently be seen in Broad Green
Pictures’ A Walk In the Woods and in the upcoming Truth, distributed by Sony Pictures Classics. Mirren will next be seen on screen in Bleecker Street’s Trumbo, and in 2016 in Bleecker Street’s Eye in the Sky. Golin’s upcoming films include Spotlight (Open Road Films), The Revenant (Twentieth Century Fox), Triple 9 (Open Road Films), and The Meddler (Sony
Pictures Classics). Golin also executive produces several TV shows
including “True Detective” on HBO and “Mr. Robot” on USA Network,
recently renewed for a second season.
For the fifth year, IFP will present the euphoria Calvin Klein Spotlight on Women Filmmakers ‘Live the Dream’ grant,
a $25,000 cash award for an alumnus of IFP’s Independent Filmmaker
Labs. This grant aims to further the careers of emerging female
directors by supporting the completion, distribution and audience
engagement strategies of their first feature film. The 2014 winner of
this grant was director, writer, and producer Chloé Zhao, whose film Songs My Brothers Taught Me premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. In addition, euphoria Calvin Klein will present the annual Best Actress award.
The Premier Sponsors of the 25th Anniversary IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards are Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and The New York Times,
and Platinum Sponsors are euphoria Calvin Klein and Greater Fort
Lauderdale/Broward Office of Film, Music & Entertainment.
Additionally, the awards will be promoted nationally in an eight-page
special advertising section in The New York Times in November 2015.
The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) champions the future of
storytelling by connecting artists with essential resources at all
stages of development and distribution. The organization fosters a
vibrant and sustainable independent storytelling community through its
year-round programs, which include Independent Film Week, Filmmaker
Magazine, the Gotham Independent Film Awards and the Made in NY Media
Center by IFP, a new incubator space developed with the Mayor’s Office
of Media and Entertainment. IFP represents a growing network of 10,000
storytellers around the world, and plays a key role in developing 350
new feature and documentary works each year. During its 36-year history,
IFP has supported over 8,000 projects and offered resources to more
than 20,000 filmmakers, including Charles Burnett, Edward Burns, Barbara
Kopple, Mira Nair, Jim Jarmusch, Kevin Smith, Michael Moore, Debra
Granik, Miranda July, Dee Rees, and Benh Zeitlin. More info at http://www.ifp.org.
About the Gotham Independent Film Awards by IFP
The Gotham Independent Film Awards by IFP, selected by distinguished
juries and presented in New York City, the home of independent film, are
the first honors of the film awards season. This public showcase honors
the filmmaking community, expands the audience for independent films,
and supports the work that IFP does behind the scenes throughout the
year to bring such films to fruition.
For information on attending: http://gotham.ifp.orgOctober 21, 2015 at 7:09 pm #364040
I didn’t know IFP awarded TV shows!October 29, 2015 at 6:37 am #364041
These are the nominees:
Breakthrough Series – Long Form
“Jane the Virgin,” Jennie Snyder Urman, Creator (The CW)
“Mr. Robot,” Sam Esmail, Creator (USA Network)
“Transparent,” Jill Soloway, Creator (Amazon)
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, Creators (Netflix)
“UnREAL,” Marti Noxon, Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, Creators (Lifetime)October 30, 2015 at 6:36 pm #364042
YAY FOR UNREAL AND JANE THE VIRGINNovember 30, 2015 at 4:35 pm #364043
Mr. Robot leads are both attending tonight. Sounds like they won.December 1, 2015 at 4:49 am #364044
Mr. Robot leads are both attending tonight. Sounds like they won.
Yes, Mr. Robot won its category.