(Above: Filmgoers take in a screening at the 2013 IFP Labs Sneak Preview Showcase, part of Independent Film Week in New York City.)

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), a grantee of the Time Warner Foundation, kicked off its 34th annual Independent Film Week with a free, public outdoor screening event Monday night in partnership with Rooftop Films. The IFP Labs Sneak Preview Showcase gave audiences a first-look at excerpts from 20 new films currently in the works. These yet-to-be-completed films are helmed by a diverse range of emerging talent currently taking part in the 2013 IFP Independent Filmmaker Labs, a year-long mentorship program that supports first-time feature filmmakers working with budgets below $1 million with the completion, marketing and distribution of their films. Participants accepted into the Labs begin their mentorship with a one-week intensive program known as the Time Warner Foundation Completion Labs, where they are introduced to their mentors and begin their journey.

Sneak peeks of both documentary and narrative films were screened at the showcase. You can view the full list of films, as well as a description and information about each filmmaker here. Screenings were preceded by live music and followed by Q&As with filmmakers.

Established in 1979, IFP is the oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers in the U.S. Today, they represent a network of 10,000 filmmakers in New York City and around the world. Each year, IFP fosters the development of 300 feature and documentary films. A proven advocate of diverse, emerging filmmakers, IFP is proudly supported by the Time Warner Foundation, whose mission is to seek innovative ways to discover, nurture and celebrate the next generation of storytellers.

See photos from the screening below.

Attendees mingle while waiting for the next screening to begin at the at IFP Labs Sneak Preview Showcase

Attendees mingle while waiting for the next screening to begin at the at IFP Labs Sneak Preview Showcase

The Rooftop of the Old American Can Factory in Brooklyn

The Rooftop of the Old American Can Factory in Brooklyn

Amma Whatt Performs at the IFP Labs Sneak Preview Showcase

Amma Whatt Performs at the IFP Labs Sneak Preview Showcase

Photo Credit: Douglas Ross / Rooftop Films