"Excellent time at the festival. Ryan Sharp was excellent. The love and care they have for cinema and for Veterans was quite impressive and touching. Definitely a worthwhile experience." - Jeremiah Jahi, Military Veteran Filmmaker
"It is a new and refreshing way to help filmmakers. Thank you very much for accepting my film and thank you even more for the feedback. It was excellent feedback and it is nice to have fresh eyes on this project." - Kevin Almodovar, Director of "Until Death"
"We are humbled by your kind words of The Coming Convergence." - Carrie Miller of Ingenuity Films
"Many thanks and what an honor it is to be included in the fellowship. Thank you for your critique and very useful comments on our production." - Jason Meath, CEO of Meath Television Media LLC
"Again. Thank you. Your evaluation really helped me understand my film more and is also helpful for my future projects." - Roman Sotelo, Producer of "Grief"
"Excellent fellowship with great communication." - Michael Gavino, Writer, Director, and Producer of "For Greater Good."
IFI Membership is an entry into an exclusive fellowship of film artisans, enthusiasts, and practitioners.
Independent Film Festival, aka IFI, was created to provide a quality venue for filmmakers to present quality works that illustrate mastery of the craft. The mission of IFI is to provide filmmakers with a platform to connect, learn, and reach people with quality stories via the video and film craft. Our films not only entertain but encourage conversation. We are proud to be an official fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project. We encourage donations to this and other worthy Veterans groups. We honor American Veterans with by providing a discount to veteran filmmakers. We showcase veterans films, stories about service, and donations to Veterans organizations.
We do everything we can to help filmmakers improve their craft and promote the filmmakers in our festival. There are multiple ways we do this and fulfill our mission:
1) Unlike most festivals and as a thank you to filmmakers who submit their films to us, we provide an evaluation of every film as a courtesy. Our judges panel is made up of professionals who work in various parts of the business. Their evaluations give each filmmaker professional tips, tools, and advice they can use to improve their film and craft.
2) We have educational articles, tips, and videos we share with filmmakers and provide a lot of audience feedback/interaction.
3) Multiple ways and opportunities to connect and build relationships with other filmmakers, movie fans, and friends in the community through round table discussions, online events, and conversations.
Instructional films, documentaries, short shorts, shorts, features, and all types of films are accepted. However, films must not contain nudity, sexual content, glorified violence or foul language.
Films are of various genres and have powerful stories to tell. They have been narrowed down from hundreds of films throughout the world by our staff of professional filmmakers. They are chosen because they are technically sound, thought-provoking, and powerfully entertaining. Memberships are available. Members help review and award our filmmakers. They can vote on their favorite films in each category, and have the opportunity to provide valuable feedback to our filmmakers.
MEMBERSHIPS AND SPONSOR OPPORTUNITIES
We greatly appreciate all members, donors, and sponsors.
If you would like to inquire about becoming a sponsor, or for more information, please contact IFI Director, Ryan Sharp, at 727-798-1101.
IFI also offers a variety of membership packages for filmmakers and movie fans alike.
See the membership packages and read more at: independentfilminstitute.com