What is Film Independent’s Fast Track?
Fast Track is a three day film financing market, held during the Los Angeles Film Festival and designed to help producer-director teams “fast track” their projects forward through sixty meetings with top executives, financiers, agents, managers, distributors, granting organizations, and production companies. During three days of intensive meetings, participants gain valuable exposure and build vital relationships as they propel their films towards completion.
Application deadline: February 22, 2016.
- A pass to the Los Angeles Film Festival
- Attendance at the annual Film Independent Forum
- A pass to the American Film Market
- Year-round support from Film Independent
Alfred P. Sloan Producers Grant
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will award one participant of Film Independent’s Fast Track a $20,000 production grant.
Sloan’s Film Program encourages filmmakers to create more realistic and compelling stories about science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes about scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. Sloan has partnerships with some of the top film schools in the country and supports screenplay development programs at Sundance, Tribeca, the Hamptons International Film Festival, Film Independent (Producing Lab and Fast Track) and has developed such film projects as Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game, Rob Meyer’s A Birder’s Guide to Everything, Musa Syeed’s Valley of Saints, and Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess.
To apply for the Sloan Fast Track Grant, a filmmaker must apply to Fast Track and provide a statement on how the project 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.
At this time, documentaries and science fiction projects are not eligible for the Alfred P. Sloan Fast Track Grant.
Who Can Apply?
Fast Track is open to any directing and producing team attached to a full-length narrative or documentary film. Narrative films must be in the development or pre-production stage at the time of application, while documentaries may be in principal photography or post-production. The program is open to experienced and first-time filmmakers, so long as their projects are actively seeking financing. Writers seeking script sales or representation, or working without a directing/producing team will not be considered. At this time, short film and television projects are not eligible to apply.
How to Apply:
Applicants must submit the following materials for consideration:
- A cover letter explaining your interest in Fast Track
- One complete, feature-length screenplay or detailed documentary proposal
- A logline and synopsis
- Bios of the director, producer and other attached key cast and crew
- Project status and history
- A detailed finance plan (a budget is recommended but not required)
- A narrative director’s prior work sample, or a rough-cut/clip reel for documentary works-in-progress (via DVD* or online link)
- A non-refundable application fee of $45 for Film Independent Members; $65 for non-Members
* Please note that materials submitted on DVD will not be returned.
Film Independent is looking for talented filmmakers and determined producers with feature-length, narrative film or documentary projects that are compelling, original, and demonstrate a unique vision. Projects need not have full or partial financing in place at the time of application; however, it is vital that each application demonstrate serious attention to the film’s budget from the creative team as a whole, and that applicants be able to articulate the reasoning behind their budget level.
The Fine Print
Beyond the application fee, there is no cost or tuition to participate in any of Film Independent’s Artist Development programs.
Film Independent membership is not required when applying to Artist Development Labs; however, all participants accepted into the labs are required to join Film Independent at the standard annual membership rate of $95.
Those applicants who are invited to participate in the program should plan to be in Los Angeles for the four-week duration of the Lab. Film Independent is unable to subsidize any travel, lodging and/or visa expenses for any participants attending from outside of Los Angeles. Participants are expected to attend all sessions in person.
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