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Attention Filmmakers Going Into Production: Apply Now for a Canon Filmmaker Award

Film Independent is now accepting submissions for our quarterly Canon Filmmaker Award. Four times a year, we select one filmmaker to receive a Canon Cinema EOS package loaned to the recipient. Only Film Independent Fellows, Los Angeles Film Festival alumni and Spirit Awards nominees and -- continue reading →

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FIND Answers: How To Work With a Location Manager to Find That (Affordable) Dream Location

We asked location manager Kristin Dewey (Celeste and Jesse Forever, In a World…) to answer your questions about how to get the most out of working with a location manager, consolidating locations to save money, and understanding a location manager’s needs from pre-production through principal photography. What -- continue reading →

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Piece of ‘Cake’: Director Daniel Barnz Talks About His Toronto Success

Among the talented filmmakers who screened at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month was Film Independent Member Daniel Barnz, director of the film Cake which premiered in the Special Presentations section and has since been getting a lot of buzz—much of it for -- continue reading →

Brigitte Bardot in Jean-Luc Godard's CONTEMPT (1963).  Courtesy of Film Forum/Rialto Pictures.

Who Are the Top Six Screenwriters of All Time? Next Generation Writers Weigh In

The 2014 Film Independent Screenwriting Lab is underway! We asked the new Screenwriting Fellows about the screenwriters, screenplays and movie lines that have stuck with them or inspired them, and their answers did not disappoint. No two Fellows had the same answer to any question, -- continue reading →


Meet the Next Generation of Indie Filmmakers

This past Monday, ten filmmakers officially joined the ranks of independent artists making and screening movies in the city of Los Angeles. They made their debut at Film Independent at LACMA, where their work premiered for a raucous crowd of fans, film lovers, peers, family -- continue reading →


What’s On the Minds of Groundbreaking Artists and Industry Innovators? Find Out at the Forum

Next month, we’re hosting the Film Independent Forum, our annual conference for independent filmmakers that proves it actually is what you know and who you know—not either/or. It’s a special year for the Forum, partly because it’s its tenth anniversary and partly because we’ve got -- continue reading →

Film Independent At LACMA Presents "The Skeleton Twins" Screening And Q&A

Skeleton Twins Stars Hader and Wiig Unleash Their Comic Chemistry at Film Independent at LACMA

Last night, the fourth season of the Film Independent at LACMA Series kicked off with a screening of The Skeleton Twins, followed by a lively Q&A with co-writer/director Craig Johnson and stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. Series curator Elvis Mitchell introduced the film, a -- continue reading →


Hey, Risk-Taking Filmmakers! There’s a New Distribution Company Looking for You

This past summer, right around the time the Los Angeles Film Festival screened the US premiere of Adam Rifkin’s Giuseppe Makes a Movie, the quirkily beautiful doc about “trailer-park auteur” Giuseppe Andrews was picked up by Cinelicious Pics. That’s great news not only for Rifkin, -- continue reading →

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3 Things Hollywood Could Learn from Japan

Takenori Oue is one of the outstanding interns who contribute their time and talent to Film Independent. Born in Hiroshima, he moved to Los Angeles last year to go to USC film school, where he’s majoring in critical studies. Takenori was inspired to be a -- continue reading →


Want to Make Your Film Better? Directing Lab Encourages Experimentation

There’s a reason we call them “Labs.” Four times a year, we invite directors, screenwriters, producers and documentarians into a space where they can experiment with their projects, learning what’s working and what’s not, discovering ideas for making them better. Now, Film Independent is looking for -- continue reading →

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