IFP makes Filmmaker Lab selections

One project to receive inaugural $50,000 grant

NEW YORK -- IFP has selected 11 narrative films for its 2008 Independent Filmmaker Lab, and announced an inaugural $50,000 Independent Filmmaker Finishing Grant for one of the projects.

The filmmakers will be mentored by such indie vets as Chris Eyre ("Smoke Signals"), Rob Hardy, Peter Phok and Susan Stover, then participate in the June 10-13 lab with producers Gretchen McGowan, Scott Macaulay and others.

They will receive advice on technical, creative, and postproduction issues, and one project will be given the $50,000 grant (from an anonymous donor) at the IFP's juried Independent Filmmaker Awards ceremony in September. Female lab participants are also eligible for the $10,000 Adrienne Shelly Director's Grant.

Spanish, Arabic, Tagalog, and Kashmiri-language films are included in this year's lineup. The eleven-film slate includes Ricky Shane Reid's "At the Foot of the Tree," Dia Sokol's "Sorry, Thanks" and David Lowery's "St. Nick." The Narrative Lab will be held at Soho House in Manhattan.