Joana Vicente, Executive Director, IFP
Joana Vicente is a prominent leader in the New York film community. Along with her producing partner, Jason Kliot, she has produced over thirty films by such acclaimed directors as Jim Jarmusch, Miguel Arteta, Brian De Palma, Hal Hartley, Steven Soderbergh, Nicole Holofcener, and Todd Solondz. Vicente has long been a pioneer in the industry, having co-founded three separate and unique film production entities over the course of her career. Included among the many films that Vicente and Kliot have produced are acclaimed pictures like Tony Bui’s Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award-winner THREE SEASONS, Jim Jarmusch’s cult classic COFFEE AND CIGARETTES, Niels Mueller’s THE ASSASSINATION OF RICHARD NIXON, Todd Solondz’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE, Brian De Palma’s controversial REDACTED and Alex Gibney’s Academy Award® nominated documentary, ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM. Vicente’s films have garnered numerous accolades and awards over the years, including twenty-three total Independent Spirit Award nominations and four wins. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Made in NYAward for individuals who have made outstanding contributions to New York City’s entertainment industry. Vicente graduated from the Masters program at The Catholic University of Portugal with a degree in Philosophy and began her career as the press attaché for the Portuguese delegate—and former Prime Minister of Portugal—at the European Parliament. She later became a radio news producer for the United Nations before turning her attention to film. Joana served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Independent Filmmaker Project until December of 2009, when she was named IFP’s new Executive Director.