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IPF 2015 Pozibilities
Written by Max Olijnyk — 20th May 2015

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Joe Miranda is a nice guy whom we really like. Along with a crew of others (including our very own Penny Modra and Brodie Lancaster), Joe presents the Independent Photography Festival, known to its mates as IPF. This year, Joe and his mates are running a Pozible campaign to fund the whole operation and make sure it keeps getting bigger and better while remaining, you know, independent. As I said, we like Joe and we like his festival. I got on the blower and asked him a few questions.

Max: How goes the fundraising?
Joe: I’m a little bit nervous because you have to make all the money you’re asking for, and we’re a little bit over halfway. It’s going well and I’d just like to see it home, you know?

How have you done this without funds in the past?
I don’t even know! With the goodwill and grace from our friends and supporters. People have given their time and skills for free, which is amazing and I wish it was different, but it has had a great community spirit.

Is it hard to be independent and sponsored?
Definitely. I feel that the definition of ‘independent’ is as ambiguous as any other word, and obviously there is no way to make anything in this world without some capital investment or interest. In order for us to do our thing, we still have to be able to pay the rent on our houses, and also put deposits on gallery spaces, get prints made, buy ice to keep the beer cold—all those things that can’t be free.

It strikes me that this crowdfunding thing you’re doing is the epitome of what these sites are best used for.
It’s a way of keeping the way we pay for this thing internalised, or in the interests of our supporters. I’ve been reluctant to do it for the past three festivals, because I thought for it to be independent, it should just operate as it wants to. But we’ve sort of reached the ceiling on that.

There are some great incentives available for people who make donations, right?
Yes, we still have the Good Copy pack, the Doomsday pack, a Ryan Cookson print from his show in 2013—what else? A lot. I’m going to put some extra things up over the next few days as well, like a Ben Clement print and some other secret things.

What plans do you have for this year’s IPF?
Sarah Pannell and Benjamin Lichtenstein are having shows in Melbourne, for starters. We’re working with people in New York and London to present shows there as well as here and Sydney. We’re also looking to present more shows across the year outside of the program, because there aren’t enough photography shows happening here.

What is the importance of IPF?
I hope it’s a tangible way of delivering a high standard of photographic endeavour. Everyone involved is excited by photography—the photographers, the printers, the framers, the spaces—they’re all engaged with it. It’s such an accessible medium, but it’s not shared as much as it could be, especially here in Melbourne.

I suppose it’s lucky we have you here now.
Well, we definitely have the content. People are producing great stuff—we’re just helping by promoting it and putting it in the right spaces. I feel like IPF is positioned now to do even more in that realm, you know?

I think it’s pozible Joe.
Anything’s pozible.

When is the due date?
The campaign finishes on June the first.

We’ll put the word out and try to help you reach that target.
Would that be pozible? Thanks!

Go to this link to find out more and help make IPF 2015 happen.
Here are some images from IPFs of yore.

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(1) Photo by Sarah Pannell

(2) Photo by Lukasz Wierzbowski

(3) Photo by Lloyd Stubber

(4) Photo by Jason Hamilton

(5) Photo by David Boyson Cooper

(6) Photo by Chris Shonting