The Independent Film Initiative (IFI)

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Chicago Film Office Announces Bea Cordelia and Daniel Kyri as the Independent Film Initiative
2018 Filmmakers In Residence

Bea Cordelia and Daniel Kyri


Movie crew filming along Lake Michigan with Chicago skyline in the background (Photo credit: Chuck Hodes)(click on image to enlarge)


The Independent Film Initiative (IFI) is a program of the Chicago Film Office – a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events – designed to retain, promote and provide career enhancing opportunities for local film industry professionals and media makers with the goal to foster a more sustainable and robust independent film industry in Chicago.

Through increased convening, marketing, communication and professional development strategies, IFI will promote Chicago as a hub for independent film and media across all sectors, including production, financing, exhibition, education and distribution. The program is intended to nurture industry growth, talent retention, and provide local producers with incentives, resources and promotional opportunities created exclusively for Chicago's independent filmmaking community.

IFI will support and partner with existing Chicago-based independent film organizations with the goal to increase the sustainability and quantity of independent media production and increased workforce participation by emerging film and media makers.





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