What is Fast Track?
Fast Track is a film financing market that takes place during the Los Angeles Film Festival designed to help narrative and documentary filmmakers move their current projects forward.
During three days of intensive meetings, Fast Track connects filmmakers with financiers, production companies, and other industry professionals. This highly selective program is open to established as well as up-and-coming filmmakers with exceptional projects still seeking funding.
Participants accepted into Fast Track are also eligible for a $20,000 production grant awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Film Independent membership is not required when applying to Film Independent Artist Development Labs. However, all participants accepted into the Labs are required to be Film Independent members.
Fast Track Fellows receive:
- A pass to the Los Angeles Film Festival
- Three days of intensive, high-level industry meetings with financiers, producers, agents and managers
- A pass to Film Independent Forum, which runs in the Fall
- Inclusion in the FIND Talent Guide
- Year-round support from Film Independent
Past Fast Track projects include: Robbie Pickeringʼs Spirit Award-nominated Natural Selection; Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchezʼs Burn (2012 Tribeca Film Festival); Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrallʼs Call Me Kuchu (2012 Berlin International Film Festival); Cherien Dabis’ Amreeka (nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards in 2010); Courtney Hunt’s Academy Award and Spirit Award-nominated Frozen River; Jennifer Westfeldt’s Ira and Abby; Jessica Sanders’ After Innocence; Sheldon Candis and Jason Berman’s LUV and Scott Prendergast’s Kabluey.
Applications for Fast Track are currently closed
How to Apply:
To be eligible, you must be a directing and producing team on a feature-length narrative or documentary film. Narrative films must be in the development or pre-production stage. Documentaries may be in the work-in-progress stage. Applicants must submit the online application, which includes:
- Cover letter explaining your interest in Fast Track
- Complete feature-length screenplay or detailed documentary proposal. Treatments for narrative submissions will not be accepted.
- Logline and synopsis
- Biography of director and producer(s), as well as any other key personnel attached to project
- Project status and history
- Finance plan and budget (budget is recommended but not required)
- Director’s prior work sample or rough-cut/clip-reel for documentary works-in-progress (DVD or online link)
- Non-refundable application fee ($45 Film Independent Member; $65 Non-Member)
- Non-Member applicants accepted into Fast Track are required to become current Film Independent Members at the standard rate of $95 or above
Short film, and television projects are not eligible to apply. Submitted DVD materials will not be returned.
WHAT SELECTION CRITERIA ARE USED IN EVALUATING FAST TRACK SUBMISSIONS?
We are looking for talented filmmakers who have feature length film projects, narrative fiction films as well as feature-length documentaries that are compelling and original, and demonstrate a filmmaker’s uniqueness of vision. Fast Track is open to documentaries that have begun or completed production and are seeking finishing funds. Narratives must not have begun principal photography.
We prefer projects that have directors and at least one principal producer in place. We do not require that the project have any financing in place, but want to see evidence that the creative team has given serious thought to the budget and can articulate why they have budgeted the film at a particular level.
Writers who are chiefly interested in selling their screenplays or securing representation will not be considered.
WHAT DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM?
Aside from the application fee, there is no tuition to attend Film Independent’s Artist Development Programs.
Film Independent offers the Filmmaker Labs and Fast Track to support emerging writers, directors, and producers in the development of their craft as well as their projects. We ask that once completed, films that have been supported by the Labs include the end credit “Developed with the help of the Film Independent Filmmaker Labs” with the Film Independent logo.
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For more information, please contact Angela Lee, Artist Development Manager, at 310.432.1262 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALFRED P. SLOAN FAST TRACK GRANT
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will award one participant of Film Independent’s Fast Track a $15,000 production grant. The grant is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which seeks to create and develop new scripts and films about science and technology and to see them into commercial production with national and international distribution. The Sloan Foundation has screenplay development programs with the Tribeca, Sundance, and Hamptons Film Festivals, as well as other select independent partners and film schools.
To apply for the Sloan Fast Track Grant, the filmmaker must apply to Fast Track and provide a statement as to why the project is deserving of the grant and fulfills the mission of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The applicant must be attached as producer and possess the rights to the script with which they are applying. The screenplay should have a scientific, mathematical, and/or technological theme and storyline or have a leading character that is a scientist, engineer, or mathematician.
Documentaries are not eligible for the Alfred P. Sloan Producers Grant.