Ifan Ismail just realized in college that he had been a film-buff since he was a child. Through his activities in the Student Film League (Liga Film Mahasiswa/LFM) in ITB, he was immersed even deeper in the world of cinema. He tried his hand first into a production for feature film Ada Apa Dengan Cinta? (AADC) as a propman and onion cutter. After that, he jumped into television and filmmaking mainly as a screenwriter, for such variety shows like Extravaganza to feature films such as Habibie & Ainun and Sultan Agung. This profession took him to join the residency program, two of which are ASEAN in Residence, held by the Ministry of Culture of Thailand, and Kyoto Filmmakers Lab in Kyoto. Both in 2014.
Since 2017, he serves as the Coordinator Program for kineforum, an alternative film space, operating under the Film Committee of Jakarta Arts Council (DKJ). Until now, he still manages the kineforum program and writes screenplays.