FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS (SPRING)
The Film Independent Spirit Awards has made a name for itself as the leading awards event for the independent film community. It’s a celebration of the spirited pioneers who bring a unique vision to filmmaking. Winners are chosen by those in the know: Film Independent members, with voting privileges extended to IFP members. Voters attend nominee screenings and view select nominated films through a screening program before choosing the Spirit Award winners. Visit spiritawards.com for more information.
LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL (SUMMER)
The Los Angeles Film Festival is a major cinematic event, showcasing the world’s best independent features, documentaries, shorts and music videos. The Festival connects the movie-loving public to critically acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals, and emerging talent in the heart of Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world. For more information, visit lafilmfest.com.
FILM INDEPENDENT FORUM (FALL)
Covering production, distribution, documentary, and emerging media, Film Independent’s Filmmaker Forum provides case studies and presentations on some of today’s most interesting new works as well as thought provoking discussions, and one-of-a-kind networking sessions. For more information, visit filmindependent.org/forum
DIRECTOR’S TOOLKIT (FALL/WINTER)
Get your bases covered before you dive in to the shoot. To get your story and vision into the screen you need to know exactly what you want, understand what you’re asking for, and be able to communicate it with your creative team. With four jam-packed sessions, our Director’s Toolkit is designed to help you bring your vision to life.
DIRECTOR’S CLOSE-UP (WINTER/SPRING)
Film Independent’s Directors Close-Up gives you an intimate look at the craft of directing straight from the visionaries behind the camera. During five weeks of inspired conversation, you’ll hear first-hand from prolific film directors whose originality, ingenuity, and talent have set them apart as the leaders in their field as they discuss the craft, collaboration, and art of filmmaking.
PRODUCER’S TOOLKIT (WINTER/SPRING)
Film Independent’s annual Producers track offers three stand-alone classes that will help you learn – or brush up on – the fundamental skills every producer needs to know to budget, finance and release an independent feature film.