IFP newbies split $100,000


The indie film organization IFP distributed more than $100,000 to emerging filmmakers at its annual awards luncheon Thursday.

At the ceremony hosted by actress Melonie Diaz and sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter, directors from IFP's Independent Film Lab and artists in Filmmaker magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film" were introduced to the industry-heavy crowd.

The Adrienne Shelly Director's Grant of $10,000 went to Eunhee Cho for "Inner Circle Line." The award, given to a female director in honor of the slain actress-helmer, was chosen by a jury that included Hal Hartley, Bennett Miller, Paul Rudd, Keri Russell and Andy Ostroy.

The $5,000 Emerging Narrative Screenplay Award, bestowed by jurors Diaz, David Strathairn, Chris Eyre, Mark Duplass and Catherine Hardwicke, went to Avi Weider for "Zeros and Ones." Nir Paniry received the Rising Star Award for an Emerging Narrative Screenplay for "Kamikaze Dolls" and a product grant valued at $6,000 from Eastman Kodak.

The $10,000 Fledgling Fund Socially Conscious Documentary Award, presented by jurors Diana Barrett, James Longley, Barbara Kopple, Stanley Nelson and Julia Reichert, went to Landon Van Soest for "Good Fortune."

The $10,000 Fledgling Fund Award for Emerging Latino Filmmakers from Barrett, producer Elizabeth Avellan and directors Lourdes Portillo and Rick Tejada-Flores went to Yolanda Pividal for "Tijuana, Nada Mas."

The five winners of Panasonic Digital Filmmaking Grants are Frederic Collier for "M&N," Eric Lane for "Murmur," Philipp Wolter for "The State of Being," Nena Eskridge for "Stray" and Sean Patrick McCarthy for "Mohammed and Mary." Each received camera packages valued at $6,500.

The three Grand Prize Winners of the Panasonic Digital Filmmaking Grants are Jennifer Sharp for "Native Honkeys," Paola Mendoza and Gloria La Morte for "We Can" and Weider for "Zeros and Ones." Each of them will receive more than $8,000 in equipment rental fees and mentorships from producer Adam Brightman, production manager Lori Keith Douglas and GreeneStreet Films partner Tim Williams.