Ingrid Kopp, Tribeca Film Institute

TITLE: Senior Consultant, Interactive Programs

FUNDING AREAS: Digital and new media

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IP TAKE: By the looks of her Twitter feed,Kopp is "Endlessly thinking about documentaries, social media, engagement & technology. And robots!" Grantseekers who think they have something truly innovative could find a like-minded ear with this grantmaker.

PROFILE: Ingrid Kopp is the Director of the Tribeca Film Institute's Digital Initiatives, including TFI Interactive and Tribeca Hacks. She began her career in the documentary department at Channel 4 Television in the UK, then moved to New York in 2004 to work as a producer for a number of independent production companies. She eventually landed a position as Editor-in-Chief of Shooting People—an international network of creatives dedicated to the promotion and support of independent filmmaking—before moving to Tribeca Film Institute. Kopp also writes and gives talks on film, social media, and the web at various venues around the country. She has a very easily accessible online presence.

As head of Tribeca's Digital Initiatives, Kopp provides support for works that integrate film with content across media platforms, "from video games and mobile apps to social networks and interactive websites." Grants tend to range from $50,000 to up to $100,000 in various areas.

Knopp is a tech-head with an eye toward storytelling and Tribeca seems to be a perfect fit for what she's doing in the world of new media. TFI Interactive is another way she's helping creatives reach across platforms to tell stories. TFI Interactive is a program that seeks to assemble "the brightest thinkers and innovators from the worlds of film, media, gaming, technology and society to explore storytelling in the digital age." The program is still in its infancy, but has so far brought together an impressive group of innovators in its past couple of years.

Kopp is clearly energized about the field of new media and what these programs allow her to accomplish. As she said in a recent interview, "This field is so nascent and evolving. Being able to put money behind it is incredible... It can be overwhelming for filmmakers—and it's changing all the time. But the terms matter less than the work. It really comes down to the work. These are new ways of storytelling. Technology is a tool, like a camera. The more you view it as a tool, the less scary it becomes."

She's learning as she goes too. In fact, at the X Media Lab conference in Switzerland, Kopp gave a presentation bulleting the 10 things she's learned about transmedia storytelling, which she expanded to 15 items for Indiewire, many which are about how storytelling intersects with digital media. Or as she distills it in another recent interview:

"People who are doing the most exciting work right now are really thinking about creative code, and code as a creative tool in their work. I don't mean that they are learning code or becoming expert coders. I mean they are working with developers and designers to re-think how they tell stories. So, the idea of stories as software is something that's very interesting to me."

In this spirit, for the Tribeca Hacks program, Kopp regularly convenes a nationwide series of six workshops that bring together content creators and technology specialists to "increase understanding and broaden participation in the field of interactive storytelling." This idea of telling stories with new mediums isn't a new one, but it's a field that's growing by the nanosecond and Kopp is proud to be involved and connect the right people together.

As Kopp further explains, "You need to know what the possibilities are for your creative vision and your audience. Our role [at Tribeca] is to help put those teams together. It can be easy to get carried away with the hype. But films and books are not broken; we have analog living along digital. It works best as a natural incorporation in to your work, not something that's forced. The aspect of craft is still important."

Kopp also programs Tribeca Storyscapes for interactive and transmedia work at the Tribeca Film Festival. Storyscapes is a collaboration with Bombay Sapphire Gin and is described as a "multi-platform transmedia program celebrates new trends in digital media and recognizes filmmakers and content creators who employ an interactive, web-based or cross-platform approach to story creation."

If you have ideas in the realm of new media storytelling, Kopp is your woman. Like any good digital media innovator you can follow her on Twitter (see below).


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