IFP puts its money where indie filmmakers are

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IFP handed out $130,000 in cash and in-kind prizes Thursday at its annual Independent Filmmaker Awards.

Joseph Cashiola received IFP's inaugural $50,000 Independent Filmmaker Lab Finishing Grant for his feature directorial debut, the drama "A Thing as Big as the Ocean."

Other awards at the ceremony hosted by Ally Sheedy and Kevin Corrigan included the $10,000 Adrienne Shelly Director's Grant given to Dia Sokol for her feature debut, "Sorry, Thanks." The Adrienne Shelly Foundation and Artists Public Domain funded the prize.

The $10,000 Kodak Grand Jury Screenwriting Prize went to Benjamin Bates for his "Walrus Eating Baloney," one of 150 works-in-progress in Independent Film Week's current Project Forum.

Another feature in the lineup, "The Promise of Freedom," earned filmmaker Beth Murphy the $10,000 Fledgling Fund Award for Socially Conscious Documentaries.

Eight other filmmakers won Panasonic Digital Filmmaking Grants. All winners were assigned producers as mentors, and each of the winning projects will be assigned a producing mentor. Confirmed producers include Ged Dickerson, Jared Ian Goldman and Sean Fogel. (partialdiff)
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