Become an IFP Chicago Fiscally Sponsored Project:
When you join IFP Chicago's diverse membership, you qualify to apply to our Fiscal Sponsorship Program.
Receiving funding is one of the most challenging parts of independent filmmaking. Many foundations, corporations and governmental grant making organizations restrict funding of independent projects to tax-exempt organizations (aka not-for-profits or 501c3 organizations).
IFP Chicago's Fiscal Sponsorship program was created to assist members applying for these funding opportunities. Additionally, this arrangement enables individuals to take contributions to sponsored projects as charitable contribution deductions on Federal tax returns.
Your project can be anywhere from pre to post production when you apply. Not only do we help you with funding, but we also help mobilize your project through our marketing and social media campaign. There are two easy steps. First, become an IFP Chicago member and start taking advantage of the full spectrum of IFP Chicago member benefits! Second, apply to our fiscal sponsorship program. High five! You're on your way!
We are always here to answer questions, so just contact us!
IFP Chicago is incredibly proud of the cast and crew of SIGNATURE MOVE, one of our fiscally sponsored projects, which had its world premiere at this year's SXSW!
SIGNATURE MOVE is a comedic and heartfelt look at modern families and the complexities of love in its many forms. Zaynab (Fawzia Mirza) is a Pakistani, Muslim lawyer living in Chicago who begins a new romance with Alma (Sari Sanchez), a confident Mexican-American woman. Zaynab’s recently widowed mother Parveen (Shabana Azmi) has moved in and spends her days watching Pakistani TV dramas while searching for a potential husband for her only daughter. Alma’s mother is a former professional Luchadora which Zaynab finds fascinating as she's recently taken up lucha-style wrestling with a former pro wrestler. Zaynab tries to keep her secrets from her mother who knows more than she lets on.
About SIGNATURE MOVE's experience as an IFP Chicago Fiscally Sponsored Project:
"Membership in IFP has helped me and my projects in so many ways. The larger community of IFP members and supporters continues to intersect with my own organization's efforts, and I'm so thankful to have such a vibrant independent filmmaking organization in Chicago. IFP's fiscal sponsorship and support for Signature Move's Indiegogo campaign (we raised over $30,000!) was tremendous, and that support has continued beyond the formal crowdfunding campaign."
Wednesday, May 10 | 6:30-8:00pm | Tribeca Flashpoint College
Emilie Upczak is an independent filmmaker, originally from Boulder, Colorado. She lived and worked in Trinidad and Tobago over the past 10 years. Emilie’s experimental video installations have been exhibited at PG Contemporary in Houston, AIR Gallery in Brooklyn and the Festival International Signes de Nuit in France, while her short films have played at a number of Caribbean and African Diasporic Film Festivals.
Emilie is currently in post-production on her debut feature, MOVING PARTS, which was shot in Trinidad in 2016 and will be screening as a rough cut on Wednesday, May 10 at Tribeca Flashpoint College. This event is free to IFP Chicago Members. Simply RSVP here to reserve your seat.
Moderated rough cut screenings are an important part of the filmmaking process, and are available to every IFP Chicago member as a resource.
"I became an IFP Chicago member in November and soon thereafter applied for Fiscal Sponsorship, which has enabled me to raise funds through tax deductible donations to complete MOVING PARTS. Their support of the film has been a tremendous boost and I am excited to work with IFP Chicago on future projects." - Emilie Upczak
IFP Chicago is thrilled to announce our new PA Essentials Workshop! There has never been a better time to break into the Chicago film and television industry than right now. The city is booming and all types of productions - from big broadcast show to independent films - are looking for reliable people to hire. In this day long course, participants will learn the essential skills needed to become a production assistant, a entry-level position that is the first step to becoming a film professional.
The workshop covers:
Film Set “Lingo”
Essential Tools (How to build a kit)
Lock-downs and dealing with the public
How to find work, get hired and keep getting hired.
And common mistakes of Rookie PAs . .. that you will never make.
If you are interested in enrolling in the workshop,
please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the waitlist and we will let you know as soon as the next class is scheduled!
For our inaugural course on March 4, 2017, IFP Chicago & Free Spirit Media Pathways teamed up with Anthony Cabral, a working Assistant Director and Director’s Guild of America member to lead the course! The day long course featured instruction from Key PA Justine Marcantel, Assistant Director Stephanie E. Clemons, Director and Producer Heston Charres, Assistant Director Andy Spellman and Office Production Assistant Hayley Mellish. The small group workshop was a fast-paced, hands-on and incredibly fun introduction to the skills and information needed to get a job as a production assistant.
Check out some photos from the March 4 course:
We've only printed 50 of these limited edition, hand signed and numbered screen-printed posters. $30 poster + $10 S&H. Don't wait!
IFP CHICAGO MEMBERS: Remember, you receive an additional 15% off of early bird passes! Email email@example.com or more information.
Film Festivals play a critical role in the launch of a film and a filmmaker's career, yet many filmmakers festival plans are anything but strategic. In this Member Sessions at Stage 18, we'll get down to the nuts and bolts of creating a strategic festival plan including: Where to premiere, When to say yes (and when to say no), Budgeting for fests and even how make a little money.
Film Festival Strategies is April 13 at 6p.m. at Stage 18, 2558 W 16th Street, Chicago IL 60608. IFP Chicago members can attend this event for FREE. RSVP here for directions and parking information.
On the fourth anniversary of his death on Tuesday, April 4, friends, family and fans of acclaimed film critic Roger Ebert will gather at his lone star in front of the Chicago Theatre to celebrate his life and legacy, and to champion one of his favorite principles: Empathy. And toward that end, the Ebert Foundation that he and his wife, Chaz, founded together will award grants in Roger’s honor of $1,000 each to 21 organizations that are working to improve the lives of Chicagoans and advance the arts including IFP Chicago.
The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. outside the Chicago Theatre at 175 N. State Street.
Special guests will include Steve James and Gordon Quinn of Kartemquin Films; Marlene Iglitzen, widow of Gene Siskel; Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church; Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times chief film critic; Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune chief film critic; Steve Cohen and Paula Froehle, co-founders of the Chicago Media Project; Nicole Bernardi-Reis, executive director, IFP Chicago; Dann Gire, board president, Chicago Film Critics Association; Rich Moskal, director of the Chicago Film Office; and Christine Dudley, director of the Illinois Film Office.