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Call for applications: No borders co-pro market

Australian producers with production-ready projects are invited to apply for IFP's No Borders Co-production Market.

Screen Australia has formed a partnership with IFP, enabling up to four Australian projects to be selected for this prestigious market, which chooses only 40 projects annually from around the world.

Screen Australia acknowledges the work that Screen NSW and Film Victoria have done in developing a relationship with IFP in recent years, and is pleased to be able to now extend the opportunity to Australian producers from all around the country.

No Borders is the oldest and most prominent co-production market in the US for narrative projects. The program is open to established American and international producers who have narrative scripts with 20 per cent financing in place. Producers will be selected on the strength and artistic merit of their projects in advanced development.

Selected producers will have access to a diverse range of carefully tailored activity:

  • Project Forum: Emerging Narrative, No Borders, Independent Filmmaker Labs and Spotlight on Documentaries programs.
  • Independent Filmmaker Forum: workshops, discussions and case studies providing access to innovators and icons of independent cinema.
  • Festival Forum: a gathering of international and US film festival programmers.
  • Sneak Preview Screening Series: where IFP alumni filmmakers introduce new works

Once selected, IFP will provide Australian producers with professional pitching and industry consultation prior to participation.

“IFP is dedicated to ensuring that producers receive the resources necessary to get their work made and, ultimately, seen by audiences around the world. We are thrilled to welcome Screen Australia as an international alliance member of our No Borders International Co-production Market and look forward to introducing talent from throughout Australia to tastemakers and decision makers this September," said IFP’s Deputy Director, Amy Dotson.

“Participation in No Borders has proved to be an exemplary stepping stone for producers looking for international financing relationships. It brings producers together with key players in the US and international indie marketplace, enabling them to hone their presentation skills and to gain insight into and feedback towards the ongoing development of their projects,” said Screen Australia’s Head of Marketing, Kathleen Drumm.

Screen Australia will shortlist projects before final consideration by the No Borders IFP Selection Team.

The No Borders Co-production Market will be held 18–22 September 2011.

Screen Australia’s announced partnership means Australian producers have an extended deadline for submissions until 20 May 2011.