What is OIF?
The ORGANIZATION OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS (OIF) is a diverse and open organization of talent, crew, and other individuals in the arts.
From new entrants in the field to veteran filmmakers, we hope to help share experiences and expand upon the knowledge base of the craft so all may benefit.
Independent filmmakers and artists are welcome to participate in programs and events we sponsor.
Talent and Crew of all levels are welcome. If you want to learn more, improve your craft, network and engage with other like-minded artists and filmmakers, you’ve come to the right place.
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The Mission of the Organization of Independent Filmmakers is to promote learning and participation in Cultural Arts. We help interested people prepare for participation in Film and related Arts and help them gain life experience as well as enhancing personal and professional skills while developing artistic expression.
Our main methodology for advancing this mission is by creating and sponsoring programs that encourage collaborative environments where knowledge, practice and execution is shared with others.
Promoting activities that help individuals gain hands-on-experiences in real world productions.
Workshops, Challenges, and other educational activities where learning opportunities are only limited by the individual’s appetite.
Collaboration on producing events that will engage participants and generate their excitement in the arts.
The Organization of Independent Filmmakers, (OIF), traces its roots back to the Spring of 2016 when a couple reached out to like-minded individuals wishing to collaborate on film production. They later founded a Facebook group named the Orlando Independent Filmmakers.
Today, the Orlando Independent Filmmakers is a large vibrant group which continues to contribute to our Organization in various ways and has helped thousands of individuals advance their careers in film and related arts.
We are intent on opening opportunities and welcome more individuals into the independent film community so they may enrich others by bringing stories to life.
FOCUS ON FILM, OPEN TO ALL ARTS
While the main focus of this group may be on filmmaking, we realize art is interconnected by nature and therefore remain proponents of all art forms.
In filmmaking, you may find set designers, musical composers, make-up artists, graphic designers, dancers/choreographers, special effects artists, and many more. We are an open community and welcome all artists.
AFFILIATE ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
Since inception, this organization had close ties to a local collaborative film association, the Orlando Independent Filmmakers. That association, which shares the same acronym as ours, has built a local vibrant community and helped hundreds of people improve their skills. They have provided a unique platform for artists to network and engage in the film arts. We are proud to continue our affiliation with them and expand on some of their work on a national level.
We co-sponsor activities with qualified parties that can help put forth events that highlight filmmakers and their creations. This allows more talent, crew, and artists to showcase their creations and share them with their peers.
Fiscal sponsorship may be provided to qualified groups and individuals for special activities and events that are in line with our mission.
The creatives can focus on creating while we help facilitate the provision of helpful environments.
WHERE WE OPERATE
Our approach is to facilitate the direct individual engagement and participation in collaborative film projects, we engage filmmakers locally. We welcome local film groups to join us in growing outward from our base in Central Florida to include filmmakers everywhere.
These affiliates are led by independent filmmaking groups sharing our vision and mission goals. Active affiliate status opens possible aid in the form of funding, awards, discounts and additional incentives provided to their community.
Here are some of the ways we aid and engage independent filmmakers:
- Educational workshops.
- A networking environment to exchange ideas and make connections
- A collaborative environment for the Independent Filmmaker
- News and articles of interest to Independent Filmmakers.
- Programs that promote participation and involvement
- Special Programs to benefit those in Independent Film Production
- An arts-friendly community
- Opportunities for participants to gain hands-on experience
- Environments where knowledge can be easily shared with peers
- Providing a platform for greater exposure to deserving independent filmmakers
- Promoting the distribution of independent films