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LOS ANGELES, CA (September 12, 2017) — Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards and the LA Film Festival, announced today that filmmaker Jordan Peele (Get Out, Key & Peele) will deliver the Filmmaker Keynote address at the 13th annual Film Independent Forum. The Forum takes place the weekend of October 20-22 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles.

“Through the years, the Film Independent Forum has had the most influential filmmakers and executives come and “tell it like it is” – so it is very exciting to offer our audience the opportunity to hear from a multi-hyphenate artist like Jordan Peele, whose directorial debut Get Out proved that social critique, entertainment and box office success need not be mutually exclusive,” said Maria Raquel Bozzi, Senior Director of Education and International Initiatives.

During the Forum, Film Independent will award the Alfred P. Sloan Producers Grant to support a fiction film that explores science or technology themes. The grant provides a $30,000 production grant and acceptance into the Film Independent Producing Lab. Following the Opening Night Film, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Reception will celebrate the Sloan grantee and the 2017 Film Independent Producing Lab Fellows and give attendees the opportunity to network.

The 2017 Film Independent Forum is supported by Premier Sponsors Directors Guild of America and SAGindie.


Topics for this year’s panels are:


Getting Creative about Getting Money

Documentary: Making Docs and Making a Living

Pitching Clinic: Start Shopping Your Project

Case Study: Documentarians Get Real

The Complete Picture: The Wide World of Episodic TV

Film Independent Documentary Works-in-Progress

Case Study: Narrative Features

Case Study: Web Series

Marketing & Distribution Clinic: Discover Your Audience

Short Circuit: VR, Digital and New Forms of Engagement


The Film Independent Documentary Lab Works-in-Progress Screening will showcase select clips from the documentaries supported in Film Independent’s Artist Development programs followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

For a full schedule of events and to register, visit


About Film Independent Forum

Now in its 13th 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 2017 Film Independent Forum takes place October 20-22 at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Los Angeles, CA.

Early registration conference passes are $165 for Film Independent Members and $235 for non-Members who register by Friday, September 15. After September 15, conference passes are $225 for Film Independent Members and $275 for non-Members. For more information about this year’s Film Independent Forum or to purchase a pass, visit or call 310 432 1222.


About Film Independent

Film Independent is the non-profit arts organization that champions creative independence in visual storytelling 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 LA 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