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Alumni Spotlight


Congrats to our Four Fellows and 15 Members Taking Their Films to Tribeca!

Film Independent is proud to announce that 15 of our Members will screen their films at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, which kicks off today. Two of them, Jimmy Goldblum and Adam Weber, are also Film Independent Fellows. Their documentary, Tomorrow We Disappear was invited […]


Doc Lab Success Story: Dancing in Jaffa Hits Theaters Today

Tonight in New York City and next Friday April 18 in Los Angeles, Dancing in Jaffa is being released theatrically by IFC Films. We’re especially proud of the new documentary by Peabody Award winning director/producer Hilla Medalia because it went through our Documentary Lab in […]

Rich hill

Welcome Film Independent Doc Lab Fellows!

Seven filmmakers joined the Film Independent family this week when we announced the Fellows who have been accepted into our 2014 Documentary Lab. “We are delighted to kick off the fourth year of our Documentary Lab with such a talented group of filmmakers and esteemed […]


Thawing Out, Catching Up: Film Independent Breaks Down Sundance

As we emerge from our post-Sundance haze, here are some fave films and memorable moments from the Film Independent staff who made it to Park City and back in one piece! Which films made the biggest impression on you? Whiplash is outstanding. I also enjoyed […]

Stephanie Allain

Film Independent Celebrates 25 Fellows Screening at Sundance

Last night in Park City, Utah, hundreds of filmmakers, enthusiasts and supporters packed into Zoom on Main Street for the annual Film Independent party, celebrating the 25 Film Independent Fellows screening at Sundance this week. “Our mission is to champion the cause of independent film […]

Free Ride

How the Daughter of a Drug Smuggling Mom Turned Her Story Into a Successful Feature

You have your script – first step taken. Only a few thousand more steps to go before your film might be available to the masses. And good, bad or ugly, there’s no path to follow. Every single filmmaker needs to blaze her own path to […]

What I Learned from My Mentor

What I Learned from My Mentor

Making a film is like raising a child in more ways than one. Both take a village, no doubt. Building relationships with collaborators, peers and supporters is integral and essential to the process, which is why mentorships are a valuable part of the Project Involve […]

Barbara Stepansky

WRITERS ON WRITING: When a Script Won’t Let You Go

For writers who find themselves grappling with the same script year after year after year, it’s always heartening to hear a success story that revolves around a project that’s been more than a decade in the making. This is one of those stories. Twelve years […]

What's your philosophy?

GREETINGS FROM THE TRENCHES: How a Successful Producer Developed Her Philosophy

Independent producer Karin Chien is a four-time Spirit Award nominee and the winner of the 2010 Independent Spirit Producers Award  We don’t talk much about developing a philosophy of producing in this business. But I’d argue that a producing philosophy is as important as a […]

They got the deal...

GREETINGS FROM THE TRENCHES: How an indie filmmaking duo perfected the pitch that scored an ABC development deal

This photo is the way it happens in your dreams. In your dreams you are pitching a room full of enraptured execs, all leaning forward in their seats, nodding, smiling. The handshakes are firm and sincere. You go down the elevator, step out of the […]


Apply Now for a Canon Filmmaker Award

Film Independent is now accepting submissions for the Canon Filmmaker Award. Four times a year, we select one filmmaker to receive the award: a Canon Cinema EOS C300 package loaned to the recipient. Only Film Independent Fellows, alumni of the Los Angeles Film Festival and […]


Apply Now for a Sound Mix Grant

Film Independent is accepting submissions now through September 3, 2013 from Film Independent Fellows, Los Angeles Film Festival or Film Independent Spirit Awards alumni for the Wildfire Post-Production Sound Grant, a complimentary sound mix on a feature film project. For most filmmakers, the sound design […]

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