The Gotham Film & Media Institute

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The Gotham Film & Media Institute
Legal statusActive
Key people
Jeffrey Sharp (executive director)
Formerly called
Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP)

The Gotham Film & Media Institute (also simply the Gotham), formerly known as the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to independent film.[1][2] It offers programs that assist independent filmmakers in connecting with film-industry professionals and, ultimately, audiences,[3] and presents the annual Gotham Awards.

It was founded in 1979 by independent filmmakers as the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP). Under the IFP umbrella, the New York City organization has over 5,000 members. Affiliated regional organizations are based in Chicago, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Phoenix, and Seattle. Since March 2019, Jeffrey Sharp has been the executive director of the organization.[4]

In January 2021, the IFP announced its rebranding as the Gotham Film & Media Institute.[2]


  1. ^ "About". The Gotham Film & Media Institute. 8 July 2011. Retrieved December 4, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Lindahl, Chris (January 6, 2021). "IFP Kicks Off 2021 by Rebranding as The Gotham Film & Media Institute". IndieWire. Retrieved December 4, 2021.
  3. ^ Filmmaker magazine
  4. ^ Hipes, Patrick (March 6, 2019). "Producer Jeffrey Sharp Named New Head Of IFP". Deadline. Retrieved December 4, 2021.

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