FILM INDEPENDENT: CHANGING THE FACE OF THE INDUSTRY
Diversity is a key component of Film Independent’s mission and we are deeply committed to increasing diversity in the film industry. Film Independent’s Board of Directors, filmmakers, staff, and constituents are comprised of an inclusive community across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual-orientation and diversity is reflected across all of our programs.
Each year, Film Independent invests nearly $1,500,000 in developing and training the next generation of talented filmmakers. Our Artist Development programs select approximately 80 filmmakers annually, from a competitive pool of over 1,500 submissions, who become Film Independent Fellows. Offered free of charge to accepted filmmakers, the Program supports filmmakers from all backgrounds, encouraging them to express their unique voices through original story-telling. Fellows are selected based on demonstrated talent, promise in his or her chosen discipline, and a strong, original voice. Ensuring a diverse group, including underrepresented minorities, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered filmmakers is a priority. Over 70% of Film Independent Fellows come from communities under-represented in the film industry. They include a mix of African American, Asian Pacific Islander, Latino/a, Native American, mixed race and Caucasian filmmakers.
Project Involve is Film Independent’s signature diversity program. It is a free, intensive nine-month program that cultivates new talent through a broad spectrum of support, including mentorship, master workshops, short film production, career development, and screenings designed to provide participants with access and a competitive edge in the marketplace. In an industry with no defined “career ladder,” Project Involve provides a vital bridge from film school to a career in the film industry – helping talented filmmakers and emerging executives hone skills and professional relationships necessary to “break in” to the industry.