What is OIF?
The ORGANIZATION OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS (OIF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, a diverse and open organization of filmmaking communities and individuals in the arts.
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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Our mission is to promote education and participation in Filmmaking and the Cultural Arts.
We accomplish this mainly by sponsoring events and activities where people can learn and practice a craft in these areas.
We help provide opportunities to gain hands-on experience, network with peers, exchange knowledge, and advance careers in the film industry.
Our unique approach is focused on facilitating film group activities which lead to a fun and exciting way to learn and develop skills. One community at a time, yet all sharing common goals.
Recognizing community leaders and individuals for their contributions to promoting participation in cultural arts and related events. Collaborating with these individuals and groups to nurture the career goals of independent filmmakers.
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 in the Spring of 2016 with a handful of like-minded individuals wishing to collaborate on film production.
The Orlando Independent Filmmakers (sharing the same “OIF” acronym), continues to be a vibrant and dynamic group. It has a large, active, and diverse film community in Central Florida.
We are growing our film community one locality at a time to enable as many as possible achieve their personal goals in the film industry and enjoy the opportunities our platform opens up for them.
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
We enable sponsor participation in local Challenges and Screenings. Creating materials and conducting activities such as putting together periodic theatrical screening productions.
We currently have three OIF Affiliates in Florida and will be welcoming more to extend our programs and events to local independent filmmakers and other artists everywhere.
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
Since our approach is to facilitate the direct individual engagement and participation in collaborative film projects, we are growing outward from our base in Central Florida. We are currently developing collaborative programs with affiliated film groups and leaders in Tampa and Jacksonville.
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.
Our platform engages filmmakers by providing the following:
- Educational resources and activities
- 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