The International Project Discovery Forum (IPDF) is the industry section of LAGFF.
Now in its seventh edition, IPDF is a Los Angeles pioneer in the promotion of international independent film development. Utilizing the innumerable resources that exist in Los Angeles, we aim to create a bridge between two very different worlds – those of American and Greek/Balkan independent cinema.
We look for films that have an original approach, and are made by independent filmmakers that have a unique voice. The stage of development of the selected projects varies from inspiring and promising treatments or scripts in an early stages – which we want to nurture through their journey – to more advanced projects with complete scripts – which we connect with producers, distributors, sales agents or programmers that can actively offer support. We wish to create a network of creative professionals from Greece, the Balkans and the US that share the desire to preserve film as an artistic expression, always searching for new and inspiring ways of telling stories through sight and sound.
The Forum includes a 4-day development lab with 6-8 selected filmmakers, as well as a series of roundtables, workshops, and masterclasses that are free and open to the public.
For the participating filmmakers, the 4-day development lab culminates in an audiovisual presentation by each project’s representative(s) before a jury of professionals. The Aegean Award ($1,000) and a free tuition at the Mediterranean Film Institute are given to the best projects. The awards are presented during LAGFF’s Orpheus Awards.
Our goal is not only to promote Greek and Balkan filmmakers by helping strong, local stories with international appeal, but also to create an occasion for a lively exchange between European and American professionals. We provide a venue where dialogue is encouraged and creative collaborations are formed.
The 7th IPDF will take place at the Egyptian Theatre, June 3-9, 2019.