New Monthly Movie Meeting – Get Feedback!

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 in Featured, Member News

A monthly educational opportunity for local amateur and professional filmmakers in the greater Phoenix area. These meetings are designed to improve filmmaking skills by allowing filmmakers the opportunity to have work they have produced or are in the stages of producing  screened in front of a peer audience and receive constructive, immediate feedback.

Scheduled Meetings

May 7th, 2014

June 4th, 2014

July 2nd, 2014

Monthly Event Details

When: 1st Wednesday night of every month, most months

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Cost: FREE event – Open to the public

Where: Grand Canyon University, Saguaro Hall

Event Format

Participants should bring with them a short film or a scene from a work on any topic and be ready to engage in interactive Q&A session following the screening of their work.

These meetings are ideal for:

• Filmmakers currently in the rough cut stage of their production seeking input on technical aspects for their final version.

• Filmmakers seeking critiques of previous work in order to apply lessons to subsequent productions.

• Any beginning filmmaker interested in learning how the important core aspects of filmmaking are applied and improved upon.

How To Sign Up

Fill out a quick form here, and you are in!

In the case of more films then time, screenings will be determined by a random drawing with preference given to paid members of IFP/PHX.


Grand Canyon University (GCU), 3300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ

Hosted and Moderated by

The monthly event is hosted by IFP Education Director Matt Connolly.  

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Crowdfunding Seminar – Coming May 31st!

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 in Featured, Member News, Seminars and Workshops

A Filmmaker’s Introduction to Crowdfunding

You want to make your next film! You want to pay your cast and crew! You want to up the ante with professional color correcting and sound design! You have no money! Wait…have you heard of…crowdfunding?

Officially, crowdfunding is “the collection of finance to sustain an initiative from a large pool of backers—the “crowd”—usually made online by means of a web platform.” Unofficially, it can be a great way for you to raise the funds you need from backers all over the world to make the project you want. The increase in popularity of this funding method has enabled a unique opportunity for independent filmmakers to raise project monies and promote their work. This seminar will examine different crowdfunding platforms, the keys to creating a successful campaign and allow attendees to learn practical tips and tricks from both crowdfunding professionals and experienced local filmmakers.

The guest panel includes:

Dan Abrams (via Skype) – A New York based award winning film producer and well-regarded speaker on raising money via Kickstarter and crowdfunding.
Erica Anderson (via Skype) – Director of Crowdfunding and Community Manager at the crowdfunding platform of Seed&Spark.
Kieran Thompson – Tempe, Arizona filmmaker, director and producer. Kieran successfully funded his film Broken Leg via a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Nathan Blackwell - Phoenix, Arizona writer and director of the web series Voyage Trekkers. Nathan created a successful funding campaign using indiegogo.

What we will cover:

  • Choosing a crowdfunding platform
  • The basic tenants of a successful campaign
  • Effective methods of campaign promotion
  • Creating effective campaign perks for your funders
  • Money management

Seminar Details

Date: Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Location: North Lecture Hall on the campus of Grand Canyon University, 3300 W Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85017

Cost: FREE to all

Special IFP Member Perk

At the end of the seminar, one lucky IFP member will win a free consultation (as well as a script notes session) from Dan Abrams to help them “kick off” their own campaign! Be sure to bring your you member card to be eligible for the selection.

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Filmmaker Fusion – Going Pro

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 in Featured, Filmmaker Fusion

Coming April 16th!  What is Filmmaker Fusion?  Filmmaker networking with a purpose!  Making professional contacts, referring and recommending fellow filmmakers, meeting new people and learning about a hot topic from a panel of industry professionals.  The third Wednesday of the month, most months.

April 16th, 2014 is the next in the monthly series called Filmmaker Fusion, hosted this month by IFP Phoenix Co-Program Director Aaron Kes.  April brings the topic “Going Pro – How to Get Professional Work” and will feature local experts discussing the how to take it to the next level in filmmaking.  Come find out answers to important questions such as:

“How do you get people to pay you for what you do?”

“What sort of work does a professional filmmaker do?”

“Where do I look for work?”

Bring your questions and talk to our panelists!  AND…bring your business cards for networking with others in the local filmmaking industry and a door prize. Although you DO NOT need to be an IFP Member to attend any Filmmaker Fusion events, if you are an IFP Member, bring your IFP Membership card for a chance to win a special prize!

Confirmed March Panelists

Get more general details about what the Filmmaker Fusion monthly networking meeting is all about!

Event Details

When: Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Who: Directors, Writers, Producers, DP’s, Editors, Actors…  Anyone interested in filmmaking!

Cost: FREE event – Open to the Public

Where: University of Advancing Technology, Room 136 (enter back of building by security) (2625 W Baseline Road, Tempe AZ 85283)

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Welcome our new Filmmaker Challenges Director – J. Andy Moreno

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 in Featured, Filmmaker Challenges, IFP/PHX

IFP is proud to introduce our new Filmmaker Challenges Director – J. Andy Moreno!

After much searching and interviewing, we have selected a Filmmaker Challenges Director.  Andy is extremely passionate about film in Arizona, and we think he’ll be a great addition to our team.  His first challenge as director will be our Breakout Challenge- so register now and be a part of his inaugural event.

A little bit about Andy…

Digital Cinematographer, Writer, Director and owner of The Mighty Motion Picture Company, LLC.
J. Andy Moreno is currently a student attending Full Sail University and Owner of The Mighty Motion Picture Company, LLC. As a Digital Cinematography Major projected to graduate in March of 2014, Andy has been active in the student body community, served as a Mentor in the Digital Cinematography Bachelor of Science Mentorship Program, was awarded an academic Student Success Scholarship in 2011 for academic achievement and is active in the local Phoenix filmmaking community. Andy also has worked with local non profits including The Arizona Animal Welfare League, where he donated his time to produce two awareness videos for the organization this past year. (
Andy has an extensive background in the arts, plays multiple instruments and has a passion for both film and music. In addition to his formal education with Full Sail University, Andy has received a Certification in Radio Broadcasting and Audio Production from Alpha Pacific Institute and is working towards an ACE Certification in Adobe Premiere Pro. 
With multiple awards under his belt for short films he showcased this past year for the IFP Filmmaker Challenges, Andy has begun to create a name for himself in the independent filmmaking community and has become well known for his exhaustive preproduction process that has allowed him to be exceptionally efficient on set. His motto is “Be an artist in preproduction and a tactician on set.” This belief has allowed him to produce wonderfully cinematic short films at significantly reduced budgets. 
Currently, Andy lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his beautiful and wonderfully supportive wife, Zein who has starred in many of Andy’s films and provides wardrobe consultation and script supervision on his productions. 
Favorite quote? “I am not remotely interested in just being good.” – Vince Lombardi.
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Ask A Pro – Diane Cleland

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 in Featured

Ask A Pro

“Ask a Pro” is a new section of our site where we ask film and media professionals who are actively working in Arizona to offer insight and advice to our members. The goal is to connect people who have aspirations in the field with those people who are making a real living in film, right here in Arizona.

This Week’s Pro – Diana Cleland

Diana Cleland is a professional Sound Mixer from All Ears Audio.  Diana has extensive credits, including commercial work, reality shows (as little as possible), independent features (Netherbeast Incorporated, Goats, Queens of Country) and documentaries. She has local clients as well as out of town production companies.  She answers your questions about sound, the film industry, and recording.

Visit the article here!

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