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IPF is the annual celebration of independent photography, its application and practice.



Joe Miranda, Founder 
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I first started bothering Rob Cordiner (who was then hiding out in the dank, freezing cold Parts & Crafts garage-studio) and Penny Modra (who was very busy creating, writing, and organising The Internet as supreme commander of ThreeThousand) in late spring of 2012 about making a thing called the "Melbourne Independent Photography Festival". I wanted (needed) something that would bring some of our local and international friends who were creating amazing, progressive work together to show in Melbourne. This thing would also give us all something not just to talk about but to look at and be in. Rob and Penny were keen, and we knew we weren't the only ones feeling as though something was missing, but I'm pretty sure even they didn't think anything would eventuate from these chats.

Nonetheless, with an accumulative cash budget of about $80 plus whatever we could generate through long shifts in coffee shops or ask nicely for, donated spaces and resources, and a ridiculous number of hours, favours, and effort from so many of our friends in the creative community, we've managed to create something we think is pretty special.

Our first show, the IPF 2012 Photo Prize at Tinning Street in Brunswick had 300 of us out on and up late on a Monday night and it's been on like that ever since.

Every November since then, IPF has produced a genuinely inclusive program of memorable shows, events that have offered otherwise elusive platforms, and opportunities that have done a fair bit to inform independent practices within Melbourne's creative landscape. The annual program comprises a diverse nine-day series of solo and group exhibitions, publication launches,  and premiere screenings by Australian photographers and international guests, guest speakers, practical workshops, and a photo prize that welcomes submissions from all interested photographers around the world.

But we're just getting started. This year we're taking things worldwide, taking IPF out of the 3000's and across to London, New York City, Los Angeles, and up to our pals in Sydney.

If we're gonna do it, we're gonna do it right. And to do it right, we need a bit of help.


Slices of the action

It wouldn't be fair to whatever you had planned for today to put even half of the amazing work that's featured in the IPF programs of our first 3 years, but to whet the appetite as they say, here're a few images from some of the shows, photographers, and creators we're so pleased to call 'CREW':

Alessandro Simonetti
Nicholas Hawker
Ryan Cookson
James WhinerayScottie Cameron
Sam HarrisSean FennessyEric Brittain

That's all Pozible can handle sorry guys. See you at the festival, hey?

How The Funds Will Be Used

It's really important to us and integral to the ethos of IPF that it is free and accessible to attend and be a part of, and remains as independent as it ever can be. That will never change. The money we’re asking for here will go a long way in keeping the festival running, and easing the pressure of costs we can’t cover ourselves through all the blisters, sweat and hard work.

We will still rely on the invaluable time of volunteers to hang shows and staff the events and exhibitions. Hundreds of artists will create and produce photographic works, send in prints to the photo prize, and publish their books and zines; independent printers, galleries, project spaces and local business will donate and discount their resources; and we will collaborate with locally run international business to deliver a series of programs across 5 cities that will build on our impressive output.

Over the past 3 years we've produced 4 iterations of IPF, totalling 25 days, 20 photo shows, 49 featured artists, 5 Australian premieres, 1500+ hung images (that's 4400 + pins), a million + printed pages, and it’s gotta be at least 372 slabs of cold beer.

We've done all that on just under $0 and the elbow grease of A Few Good Mates (a fraction pictured here)



But it's time to get bigger, and there's only so much we can do alone.

Money will be used to fund:

- Printing (posters, programs, catalogues, room sheets, stacks on stacks on stacks)
- Postage (some of those 300+ prints need returning at some point)
- Transport (we're still waiting on our zine-run cars & goodwill-powered trucks)
- Ice (keeping those brews icy doesn't happen on it's own)
- Web hosting (not to mention the genius behind it. Or is it genii?)
- Design (looking this good doesn't come easy)
- Distribution (putting programs in spots to put in hands to put peeps at shows)
- Feeding volunteers (late nights, hard work, hungry bellies)


The Challenges

To date, IPF has been entirely funded from the pockets of its founders, Joe Miranda (Hard Workers Club), Rob Cordiner (Smalltime Projects) and Penny Modra (The Good Copy). Our pockets are shallow and full of coffee grindspaper cuttings, and different coloured pens.

We're committed to presenting yet another year of stellar photography and photographic practices from arguably some of the best photographers in Australia and the world. Apart from this small issue of funding (above), the only thing(s) that will stop us achieving this could include:
- a string of cancelled air travel
- a global ban on printed matter
- a San Andreas starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson-style scenario

We gon' deal with all that.

IPF 2015 is going to happen. Your support right here will really help it to happen in the best way it can.
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A$10 +IPF 2015 AcknowledgementEveryone that pledges to support IPF 2015 will have their name included in our printed broadsheet program and on independentphotographyfestival.com! If that's all you want out of this, chuck us a tenner or more!
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A$65 +Ben Clement Mos Def PrintIPF collaborator, featured artist, and general OG, Ben Clement, is offering up a clutch of exclusive A2 B&W xerox print of Brooklyn's Finest, Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def performing at his headline Melbourne show, 2011. Plus we gonna put your name in the broadsheet program! www.benclementphoto.com
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A$74 +All GoneThe Bloom Publishing PackIPF 2012 featured artist, Lloyd Stubber, is offering a pack from his publishing house, Bloom Publishing. Nab this Bloom tote with a copy of Ana Kraš and Marija Strajnic's 'LIT', the '35ppm' exhibition catalogue, and the OG Bloom group title (featuring 52 images of Australia taken by local & international photographers), 'Oasis'! Your name will be in print too – in the IPF printed broadsheet. www.bloompublishing.com.au
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A$75 +The Filmme Fatales PackEvery issue (#1 - 5) of Filmme Fatales - Brodie Lancaster's quarterly print zine about the places where film and feminism intersect! Plus your name in the IPF printed broadsheet. www.filmmefatales.com
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A$100 +All GoneIPF x Doomsday NFTW PrintFrom the IPF Archives, we're offering up 3 of the last few Alessandro Simonetti's featured exhibition prints from his IPF 2014 show 'Never Forget The Warriors' presented at Doomsday Store in association with Oakley. Plus your name in the IPF printed broadsheet. www.independentphotographyfestival.com/program/nftw www.alessandrosimonetti.com www.doomsday-store.com
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A$105 +All GoneThe Blackmail PackOne of our absolute favourite publications around (and from Melbourne no less!), The Blackmail, have blessed us with an Offline #2 tote crammed with 2 copies of The Blackmail Offline #3 featuring Mimmo Cozzolino + Jonathan Zawada, 1 copy of Offline #2 with Ricky Swallow and the full steez the Blackmail Cap! Plus, y'know, your name shouts in the IPF printed broadsheet.
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A$210 +The Doomsday Store PackThe Doomsday Store crew are putting these three packs up, each containing the official Doomsday AFL Football, a Doomsday tee, the Happy Hour Ashtray, and a pack of Kuumba Incense! Plus your name in the IPF printed broadsheet. www.doomsday-store.com
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A$250 +All GoneNic Hawker Tourisms PrintOne from the IPF archives, this edition-of-one Nicholas Hawker print taken in Eisjberg, Norway featured in the IPF x Tourisms 2013 show, 'Our Place', at Colour Factory. Signed, numbered, delivered. It's yours. Plus your name in the IPF printed broadsheet, of course. www.6-x-7.tumblr.com www.touris.ms
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A$255 +Ryan Cookson IPF PrintAnother exclusive 1 of 1 print from the IPF x Tourisms 'Our Place' group show of IPF 2013, Ryan Cookson's portrait taken in Amsterdam printed in superior quality colour at Colour Factory, Melbourne. Plus your name printed nice in the IPF broadsheet. www.ryancookson.com www.touris.ms
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A$260 +All GoneSarah Pannell PrintTwo-time IPF Photo Prize People's Choice Award winner, Sarah Pannell, has offered us this print of the New Mosque in Gaziantep, from her 2014 show East of Euphrates. 24 x 28.6in Giclee Print printed by Thirds Fine Art Printing, Melbourne Plus your name in the IPF 2015 broadsheet program! www.sarahpannell.com
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A$300 +All GoneSean Fennessy GOLD PrintFrom the IPF archives, featured artist Sean Fennessy has gifted us the last in an edition of 10 framed prints from his IPF 2013 show 'GOLD' (the one at The Hungry Workshop remember?) Plus your name writ large in the IPF printed broadsheet. www.seanfennessy.com.au Note on delivery: this item is available as Melbourne pick up only.
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