Film Independent Artist Development is design to empower diverse and visionary artists to tell authentic and meaningful stories. One of their most comprehensive initiatives is the Film Independent Directing Lab. This is an intensive eight-week program that runs in Los Angeles in February and March. Under the guidance of established industry professionals who serve as Creative Advisors, Directing Lab Fellows receive script feedback, discuss their visions, and select short scenes from their screenplays to workshop.
Each director then casts actors and rehearses their scenes in the Lab before undertaking a mini-production: Film Independent provides Fellows with digital camera, lighting and sound packages and small stipends to shoot their scenes, and offers access to experienced casting directors, cinematographers, and editors with whom to collaborate and consult.
The process creates an opportunity to see the work through from pre- to post-production, and culminates in a group screening for fellow Lab participants and Advisors. Directors developing a narrative
fiction feature film are invited to apply by Monday, September 14.
In addition to the Lab benefits, Directing Fellows will receive:
• a pass to the Directors Close-Up series
• a pass to the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival
• inclusion in the
Film Independent Talent Guide
• a community of fellow filmmakers
• Grant, funding and resource opportunities from Film Independent
Past Lab Advisors include Allison Anders (“Gas, Food Lodging,” “Things Behind the Sun”), Rodrigo Garcia (“Mother and Child,” “Albert Nobbs”), Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight,” “Thirteen”) Nicole Holofcener (“Enough Said,” “Lovely and Amazing”),
Karyn Kusama (“Girlfight,” “Jennifer’s Body”), James Ponsoldt (“The End of the Tour,” “The Spectacular Now”) and Jeremy Podeswa (“Game of Thrones,” “The Newsroom”).