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International Project Discovery Forum (IPDF)

The 9th International Project Discovery Forum will take place June 7-11th, 2023

about IPDF


The International Project Discovery Forum (IPDF) is the industry section of LAGFF.

IPDF is a Los Angeles pioneer in the promotion of international independent film development. Utilizing the innumerable resources that exist in Los Angeles, we aim to create a bridge between two very different worlds – those of American and Greek/Balkan independent cinema.
We look for films that have an original approach and are made by independent filmmakers that have a unique voice. The stage of development of the selected projects varies from inspiring and promising treatments or scripts in the early stages – which we want to nurture through their journey – to more advanced projects with complete scripts – which we connect with producers, distributors, sales agents, or programmers that can actively offer support. We wish to create a network of creative professionals from Greece, the Balkans and the US that share the desire to preserve film as an artistic expression, always searching for new and inspiring ways of telling stories through sight and sound.
The Forum includes a 4-day development lab with 6-8 selected filmmakers, as well as a series of roundtables, workshops, and masterclasses that are free and open to the public.
For the participating filmmakers, the development lab culminates in an audiovisual presentation by each project’s representative(s) before a jury of professionals. The IPDF Award accompanied by $1,000 is given to the most promissing project. The award is presented during LAGFF’s Orpheus Awards.
Our goal is not only to promote Greek and Balkan filmmakers by helping strong, local stories with international appeal, but also to create an occasion for a lively exchange between European and American professionals. We provide a venue where dialogue is encouraged and creative collaborations are formed.