Global Media Makers

A unique mentoring project with the goal of connecting storytellers around the world

Film Independent and the U.S. Department of State have partnered on Global Media Makers, an innovative mentoring initiative that connects visual storytellers from around the world with leading U.S. entertainment professionals through specially tailored mentorships, workshops and master classes.

This robust program supports conceptual development of independent, authentic and compelling content for distribution in the Fellows’ home nations and fosters creative collaboration among international and U.S. storytellers.

The Program

There are three phases to Global Media Makers:

Phase One: Through outreach and recruitment, international filmmakers are nominated to apply with a project they have in development and a group of up to 14 Fellows will be selected to participate in the 2017 program.

Phase Two: Selected Fellows travel to Los Angeles in May and June 2017 for a six-week residency which includes filmmaker education, business training and professional networking opportunities. Additionally, Fellows participate in intensive filmmaking labs focused on screenwriting, directing, documentary and creative producing, in which they advance the projects they are developing with a team of American mentors.

Phase Three: Mentorship continues remotely through the remainder of the year via video call sessions with the program culminating in a follow-up visit by Global Media Makers mentors and staff to the Fellows’ home countries, where film and media workshops will be offered to local filmmaking communities.

Filmmakers selected for the program are recognized as Film Independent Fellows and will receive career-long support and eligibility to apply for Film Independent grants.

More information: Nominations & Eligibility | Global Media Makers blog

About Film Independent

Film Independent is a nonprofit 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.

In addition to producing the Spirit Awards, Film Independent produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and 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.

About the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) builds relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, professional and private exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships and mentoring programs. ECA initiatives build connections that engage and empower people, and motivate them to become leaders and thinkers; to develop new skills; and to find connections that will create positive change in their communities. ECA incorporates 21st century diplomacy themes–including entrepreneurship, tolerance, international education and environmental diplomacy–into effective projects and activities that engage the U.S. and international participants long after their exchange programs have concluded.