IFP Seeks New Executive Director

IFP Seeks New Executive Director

IFP Chicago has launched a search for a new Executive Director, who will oversee development, programming, and membership services following the departure of Nicole Bernardi-Reis, who led the organization through a period of renewal and growth.

The new Executive Director will fundraise through cultivating donor relationships, writing grants and developing corporate sponsorship programs, oversee the Chicago Underground Film Festival, continue to develop programming to assist members with professional development and networking, and grow the organization to become an essential resource for filmmakers in the Midwest.

“The ideal candidate will have not only a passion for independent film, they will be the go-to source for media, government and academia for independent filmmaking in the Midwest,” said IFP Chicago Board President Lisa Swanson.

The new Executive Director will work with the Board of Directors to refine the organization's mission, develop a five-year strategic plan, cultivate current and new relationships with corporate sponsors, and form strategic partnerships with other film organizations and festivals. For additional information on the position or to apply, please contact the search committee and board member Christopher Johnson at ChrisJ@ifpchicago.org.

During her tenure as the Executive Director, film industry veteran Nicole Bernardi-Reis increased membership, launched a fiscal sponsorship program for 26 film projects, developed “The Pitch”@Industry Days with the Chicago International Film Festival, produced numerous events and new programs like the PA Bootcamp, and forged industry partnerships with organizations like Stage 18 and 2112.

“First as Board President and then as Executive Director, Nicole led IFP Chicago through a time of growth and revitalization, providing a much-needed support network for Chicago’s independent filmmakers. She worked hard to help nurture filmmakers through the entire filmmaking process, from creative to distribution. We wish her success in her future endeavors,” said Board President Lisa Swanson.

Throughout the year, IFP Chicago produces programs and networking events such as: the Chicago Underground Film Festival, IFP Member Spotlight, IFP Master Series, Fiscal Sponsorship Program, and 75 Mins With…. For a complete schedule of events and programs, please visit IFPChicago.org.