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 (Bldg 46), Room 105

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), 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ

Saguaro Hall (Bldg 46), Room 105

Campus Map

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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Breakout Challenge Screening Tickets on Sale!

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 in Filmmaker Challenges, IFP/PHX, Member News, News

The 2014 IFP Phoenix Breakout Film Challenge is now in progress.  Our teams will have until January 27th at 7pm to get their films turned in.  In the meantime, get your tickets to the screening! 

In our last challenge of the 2013-14 season, we want to help Arizona filmmakers get their films out into the world.  The prizes for this challenge will be free submission to film festivals across the country.  However, we are also giving away a Cavision director’s viewfinder for the winner of best cinematography courtesy of The Mighty Motion Picture Company!

Last year, our winners submitted their films to more than 10 festivals, so don’t miss this great opportunity.

How the challenge works

We will provide each team with a theme, and they will submit a 3-5 minute film (including credits).  That’s it!  We want to see how creative you can be.  

Important Dates

Kick off:  Friday, January 3rd @ The Duce from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

Turn in: Monday, January 27th

Screening: Thursday, February 6th, 2014 at the Phoenix Art Museum.  (cocktail hour at 6pm, movies screen at 7pm, awards to follow screening) TICKETS FOUND HERE!

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New Workshop on FourWalling and Social Media Strategy with Mindplate

Posted on Sep 27, 2013 in Events, Member News, News

IFP is proud to announce a new learning opportunity!

The team from Mindplate is partnering with IFP and GCU to offer a FREE workshop on FourWalling.  

What is Four Walling?

Let’s say you have made a film, and you want people to see it.  Traditionally, you may show it in a theater, and the theater takes a percentage of your total ticket sales Four Walling offers an alternative to this model where you pay a flat fee for the room, and then any profits you make back over that amount are yours to keep.  This model gives you flexibility in your ticket pricing and allows you to reach out to viewers at any price that you want.

Bonus Content on Social Media Strategy

Mindplate will also be offering tips and tricks on how to successfully reach out to viewers through social media. They have developed a 5 step strategy to allow filmmakers (and artists of all kinds) to make meaningful connections with their audiences.

Unique Format

We are encouraging all participants to bring in laptops or any device of your choice in order to make this a working session. It’s not just a lecture, we want this to be active and useful time for everyone.


When: Saturday, October 12th from 1-3pm

Where: Grand Canyon University

Cost: FREE!!

Sign up now!

Send an e-mail to to register for this unique event.

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Filmmaker Fusion – Be Your Best On Set

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 in Filmmaker Fusion, Member News, Networking Events


Coming July 17th!  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.

July 17, 2013 is the next in the monthly series called Filmmaker Fusion, hosted by 2012 Arizona Filmmaker of the Year Diane M. Dresback.  July’s meeting will feature the topic “Be Your Best On Set” and will feature local experts discussing set rules and set etiquette needed by both cast and crew in order to be successful on an indie film shoot.  Come find out answers to important questions such as,

“How do I gain a good reputation for my behavior on set?”

“What should you never do while on an indie film set?”

“How can I make an impression that gets me onto a set in the first place?” 

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 gift card!

July Panelists

  • Kevin Phipps - A.D., Director
  • Larry Niemi - 1st A.D.
  • Linda Waymire - Actor, Acting Coach
  • Steve Wargo - Director, Producer

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

Event Details

When: Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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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TITUS Wins Best Sci-Fi at 2013 Phoenix Comicon

Posted on May 28, 2013 in Member News

In October 2012 Jump Ship Productions ( submitted TITUS ( to the IFP Phoenix Masterpiece Challenge. Since then Jump Ship ( has entered it into several film festivals including the 2013 Phoenix Comicon. ( TITUS ( won Best Science Fiction, and the team couldn’t have been more surprised! For more info on the film check out Jump Ship Productions’ Website ( or like TITUS on Facebook. (

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