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TO UPCOMING FORUM (October 24-26)

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 7, 2014) — Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival, announced today the addition of 9 new panelists to the upcoming Film Independent Forum. Full list of additional confirmed panelists below. This is the 10th annual Film Independent Forum, which will be held at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Los Angeles. Also announced today, the eleven filmmakers who will be participating in this year’s hackathon: Michael Barnard, Erick Castrillon, Justin Calen Chenn, Ricky Fosheim, Emily McAllister, George Reyes, Selga Sanders, Amber Sealey, Brittney Shepard, Iliana Sosa, and Mckenna Stephens.


Additional Panelists Announced

Jake Avnet, executive producer, WIGS

Paul Audley, President, FilmL.A., Inc.

Kenya Barris, writer/executive producer, Black-ish

Albert Berger, producer, The Leftovers and Nebraska

Paula Manzanedo-Schmit, Vice President, Film Finances Inc.

Raymond McKinnon, creator/executive producer, Rectify

Victor Moyers, President of Production, Broad Green Pictures

Ben Travers, Assistant TV Editor, Indiewire

Peter Trinh, Agent, International and Independent Film, ICM Partners


The three-day event kicks off on Friday, October 24 with a special screening of Open Road Films’ Nightcrawler written and directed by Dan Gilroy and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Bill Paxton. There will be a post screening Q&A with writer/director Dan Gilroy and producer Jennifer Fox. Writer/director Jill Soloway (Transparent, Afternoon Delight, United States of Tara, Six Feet Under) will deliver the Filmmaker Keynote address kicking off the Forum on Saturday, October 25. This will be followed the next day by the Executive Keynote address given by Tim League, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Drafthouse Films and Fantastic Fest, on Sunday, October 26.

At the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Reception on Saturday, October 25, the Sloan Producers Grant, which provides a $30,000 production grant and acceptance into Film Independent’s Producing Lab, will be awarded to a Film Independent Fellow developing a narrative film with a scientific, mathematical and/or technological theme. The Producing Lab is one of Film Independent’s highly selective Artist Development programs.

The 2014 Film Independent Forum is presented by Indiewire. Additional sponsors include Premier Sponsors Directors Guild of America, SAGindie, IMDbPro, Indiegogo and Principal Sponsor the Montana Film Office.


About Film Independent Forum

Now in its 10th year, the Film Independent Forum is the pre-eminent conference for independent filmmakers and content creators in Los Angeles. Off-the-record conversations with working filmmakers make this the must-attend fall event for filmmakers and industry professionals. If you are anywhere near production or close to entering the festival circuit, join your peers for a weekend of solution-driven strategies, success stories, and opportunities to connect one-on-one with working artists and industry pros.

The 2014 Film Independent Forum takes place October 24-26 at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Los Angeles, CA. For a full schedule of events, speakers and to register, visit


About Film Independent

Film Independent is a non-profit arts organization that champions independent film and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry. Film Independent’s Board of Directors, filmmakers, staff, and constituents, is comprised of an inclusive community of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation. Anyone passionate about film can become a member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry professional, or a film lover.

Film Independent produces the Spirit Awards, the annual celebration honoring artist-driven films and recognizing the finest achievements of American independent filmmakers. Film Independent also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival, showcasing the best of American and international cinema and the Film Independent at LACMA Film Series, a year-round, weekly program that offers unique cinematic experiences for the Los Angeles creative community and the general public.

With over 250 annual screenings and events, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry. Film Independent’s Artist Development program offers free Labs for selected writers, directors, producers and documentary filmmakers and presents year-round networking opportunities. Project Involve is Film Independent’s signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry. For more information or to become a member, visit