About

Mission Statement

It is the stated purpose of the Ivy Film Festival by its founders to first and foremost provide a venue for the creative efforts of student filmmakers enrolled at universities worldwide, and in particular those students with significantly diminished access to filmmaking resources. The Ivy Film Festival also seeks to provide aspiring filmmakers with the opportunity to interact closely with a variety of industry professionals during the course of the festival weekend, thus promoting an educational sense of community for all involved.  Finally, it is a goal of the festival to promote and support interest in film and the filmmaking industry for all those involved in the festival.

The Ivy Film Festival is among the largest student-run film festivals in the world and offers students from domestic and foreign universities a place to exhibit their work.The festival occurs annually in the spring, spans a full week, and is held on Brown University’s campus. Each year, thousands of filmmakers and enthusiasts flock to Brown to attend filmmaker screenings, keynote speeches by entertainment industry executives and celebrities, panels and workshops by industry professionals, cocktail receptions, and parties. Past industry guests have included Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone, Wes Anderson, Adrien Brody, Laura Linney, Wes Craven, Park Chan-wook, Aaron Sorkin, James Franco, and Lena Dunham, among many others.

The festival features four separate competitions, each with its own individual awards: the domestic undergraduate film competition; the graduate school film competition; the international film competition; and the screenplay competition. 

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Staff

General Coordinators

The general coordinators are responsible for leading the Ivy Film Festival and organizing the various departments at a high level. General questions about submissions may be directed to director@ivyfilmfestival.com, while technical questions may be directed to webmaster@ivyfilmfestival.com. For information regarding the other departments of IFF, please refer to their respective sub-pages.

Contact

director@ivyfilmfestival.com
webmaster@ivyfilmfestival.com

Executive Directors

Elizabeth Woodward
Supreeti Sharma

Associate Directors

Tarek Shoukri
Giri Suarsana

Events Coordinators

John Palmer
Paulina Tarrant

Student Film & Screenplay Curator

Paul PFWD Lebot

Outreach Coordinator

Maggie Hire

Web Master

Elías Martínez Cohen
Erica Oh

Business

The Business Department is responsible for raising the financing that enables the festival to operate each spring. Our funds are obtained through grants, corporate sponsorships, individual contributions and support from Brown. If you are interested in partnering with the Festival, please email us at iffbusiness2014{at}gmail.com.

Contact

business@ivyfilmfestival.com

Coordinators

Angela Guo
Solveig Xia

Staff

Fran Whitehead
Catherine Jeong
Antonia Chapman
Douglas Saper
Zeve Sanderson
Asli Angin
Will Walant

Graphic Design

The graphic design department is responsible for designing the face of the festival – everything from submissions posters to event tickets for festival itself.

Contact

graphics@ivyfilmfestival.com

Coordinators

Ingrid Chen
Cecilia Bodin

Staff

Elizabeth Goodspeed
Koko Nakajima
Kris Louie
Olivia Pecini

Industry

The industry staff is responsible for initiating and maintaining contact with industry proffessionals, such as agents, managers, and filmmakers themselves. They work year-round to bring screenings and panels to our campus during the festival and in the months leading up to it.

Contact

industry@ivyfilmfestival.com

Coordinators

Margot Hauer-King
Rachel Stern
Oakley Friedberg

Staff

Alexandra Kordas
Blake Nosratian
Madeline Chin
Rebecca Hansen

Programming

The programming department screens and judges 300+ submissions received each year from festival participants. They are responsible for assembling a list of winners for the festival as well as organizing the 48-Hour Film Competition in the fall. During the festival itself, the programming staff welcomes visiting filmmakers to campus and coordinates their accomodations.

Contact

programming@ivyfilmfestival.com

Coordinators

Dan Fethke
Gabbie Corvese

Staff

Alex Rapport
Jade Donaldson
Kent Smith
Polina Godz
Paul “PFWD” Lebot
Cristina Ballarini
Jake Anderson
Matt Jackett
Ryan Paine
Nate Burke
Daniella Balarezo
Angelica Johnsen
Tim Ittner
Brendan Stone
Broghan Zwack
Brittany Comunale
Jules Kortenhorst
Meher Ali
Oliver Goodman-Waters
Joanna DeBoer

Publicity

The Publicity team coordinates festival publicity, both by soliciting film and screenplay submissions and by promoting the festival itself. Their responsibilities include publicizing the festival on campus and to local, national and international markets, developing and maintaining relationships with the film departments of colleges and universities, and developing new ways of promoting and executing the festival in order to reach new audiences. They work closely with the Graphic Design team to establish and expand the IFF brand.

Contact

publicity@ivyfilmfestival.com

Coordinators

Toye Adegboro
Yongha Kim

Staff

Ben Vila
Gabrielle Bufrem
Chris Barwick
Bailey Life
Tonya Riley
Nadim Silverman
Taylor Bantle
Ellen Taylor
Keillor Irving
Alexa Effron

Screenplay

The 13th annual IFF Screenplay Competition will judge short and long form screenplays written by students at the undergraduate and graduate level. A panel of qualified student judges will read each submission and select four semi-finalist screenplays according to an established set of guidelines. These criteria include concept, character development, dialogue, and story. Once selected, the finalist works will be sent to industry professionals (agents, producers, creative executives, writers, directors) who will choose the winning screenplay, to be announced during the festival in April. The winners for each category will receive prizes, and their work will be read during the festival. Submissions will be accepted from September through February.

This year’s categories are:

  1. Undergraduate Long-form Screenplays
  2. Undergraduate Short-form Screenplays
  3. Television Pilots
  4. Feature-Length Screenplays

Contact

screenplay@ivyfilmfestival.com

Coordinators

Sam Samore
Sam Torres

Staff

Drew Williams
Bryan Smith
Henry Staley
Devika Girish
Taylor Williams
Mackenzie Carlson
Elbert Wang
Camilla Brandfield-Harvey
Blair Johnston
Nina Perrotta
Marcus Sudac

Tech

The Tech Department is in charge of all technical aspects of the film festival. We handle the audio/visual aspects of the festival and are in charge of all the screenings, panels, and discussions. We gain a thorough understanding of the technical layouts of Brown’s lecture spaces such as the Martinos Auditorium in the Granoff Center. In the Spring we receive all selected student films, format and compile them into student blocks, and then burn them to DVD. We make sure everything runs smoothly from a technical standpoint.

Contact

tech@ivyfilmfestival.com

Coordinator

Luke Perez

Staff

Ludwell Chase
Carolyn Rachofsky
Makana Tavares
Tian-Mei Lee
Kaitlyn Rothamer

Past Sponsors:

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Please contact iffbusiness2014@gmail.com