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Exclusive: Independent Filmmaker Project Launches IFP EDU Initiative

College students will gain knowledge and experience through a virtual internship program.

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The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) announces today that their IFP EDU initiative will now include a virtual internship program. The program allows college students the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in the New York film and media industries. Adding a virtual format will enable the program to continue to grow and thrive in an ever-changing industry.

The internship program began Monday, June 8th. Over the next seven weeks, students will participate in a series of projects and master classes to introduce them to the industry, and will be mentored directly by industry leaders. IFP EDU interns will work with IFP staff on a wide range of year-round programming, which includes IFP Week, IFP Labs, Filmmaker Magazine, and the IFP Gotham Awards. The internship will end with a final project in July.

The program provides students with new topics each week, from film production and distribution to festival programming, PR and marketing. IFP EDU is offered through Symba, an internship platform working to save internships during the ongoing pandemic.

IFP EDU partner schools include Colgate University, Columbia University, Lincoln University, Ohio State University, Princeton University, Rhode Island School of Design, Rutgers University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Virginia.

IFP Executive Director Jeff Sharp said:

“We are excited to provide students with an opportunity to gain new perspectives of the film industry by expanding their horizons as it relates to potential career paths during a very uncertain time as a way of encouraging the next generation of filmmakers. We appreciate the generous support of all our partners, including our founding partner Colgate University, for their support of this program and allowing us to expand our reach to schools throughout the U.S.  We hope that this program will not only inspire our students to pursue their dreams in the film and media arts industry but also to explore those dreams in the New York region.”

Colgate University President Brian W. Casey said:

“Colgate is very excited to partner with this leading film and arts institution, and to work with our fellow colleges and universities. This opportunity with IFP provides a strong internship experience during a time when so many industries have contracted in response to the global pandemic.  We believe this artistic and academic collaboration will flourish in exciting ways for many years to come.”

The IFP EDU Internship Program is supported by the Burke Family Foundation and Variety Insight.

For more information on IFP EDU and to learn how to apply for future internships please visit

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Written by Karen M. Peterson

Karen Peterson is a writer from Southern California. When she is not at the ballpark cheering on her LA Angels, she can usually be found in a movie theater or in front of the television. Karen is obsessed with awards shows, and loves everything from the smallest indie film to the biggest of big budget spectacles. She is also unapologetically in love with Tom Cruise.


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