IFCO was created in the summer of 1991. It began as a result of the vision of a small, enthusiastic group of up-and-coming filmmakers. This vision was to create an organization which provided filmmakers in the Ottawa area with the facilities, training and funds required to make independent Super 8mm, 16mm and/or 35mm films. IFCO remains, to this day, the only organization which provides this service in Ottawa.
IFCO initially consisted of five founding members (Monica Szentesky, Scott Galley, Wayne Meade, David Chow and Glen Cross) and several volunteers who helped initiate and develop the programs and services that IFCO offered to the region.
IFCO was incorporated as a non-profit co-operative corporation in January 1992, and in June 1992 received office space in the Arts Court Building, located in the heart of downtown Ottawa. In June 2009 IFCO became a registered charity.
29 years later, IFCO has supported the creation, by its members, of over nearly 400 independent film productions, by providing access to training programs, equipment rentals, on-site facilities, production grants and more. We now have a solid membership base, and continue to occupy a prominent position within the Eastern Ontario arts community.
IFCO earns revenues through workshop fees, equipment rentals, and annual membership dues; plus in-kind and/or financial support from foundations, private funders and corporate sponsors.