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    Alexander Payne, Julie Delpy and More Set for Film Independent Awards Season Panels

    Film Independent has scheduled a special conversation with Oscar and Spirit Award nominated director Alexander Payne (“Nebraska”) on February 27 at the Directors Close-Up Series. Also recently added to the February 19 panel "Writing and Directing" are writer-actress and Spirit nominated Julie Delpy ...

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    Festival Prep: What An Indie Filmmaker Needs To Know About Going Global

    Here’s a quick primer for independent filmmakers on how to navigate the international markets.

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    Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Interview with Sydney Levine, President of Sydney's Buzz

    This month I speak to Sydney Levine, president of SydneysBuzz -- whose tagline for her company -- “Pulling Back the Curtain on the International Film Industry” -- precisely does just that. Levine focuses on international film industry developments and analysis of the international film market relate...

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    Film Independent's Documentary Lab Now Accepting Submissions

    Film Independent's Documentary Lab is now accepting submissions to its seven-week program running in Los Angeles in March and April. Documentary directors currently in post-production on their feature length films are encouraged to apply.

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    Indie Director Ava DuVernay on Dressing for Success

    Clothes make the director. That's the lesson filmmaker Ava DuVernay imparted in a keynote speech at Los Angeles' Film Independent Forum on Sunday. The 2012 winner of the Sundance Film Festival's Best Director prize described her "director's uniform," a kind of work armor that's more about self-prote...

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    Aspiring Filmmakers, Ava DuVernay Thinks You Should Lose the Desperation and Just Make Something!

    This weekend in Los Angeles at the Film Independent Forum, Ava DuVernay, the Sundance award-winning director of "Middle of Nowhere" and the upcoming MLK biopic "Selma," was one of the event's keynotes. While she warned that her speech would not be as newsworthy as that of Netflix chief Ted Sarandos...

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    Are Theater Owners Going to 'Kill Movies'? Watch This Contentious Keynote Address From Netflix's Ted Sarandos

    Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos gave an attention-grabbing keynote address at the 2013 Film Independent Forum this weekend in which he spoke about changing business models in the film industry.

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    Ted Sarandos Attacks Studios and Theaters for Stifling Innovation in Film Independent Forum Keynote Speech (VIDEO)

    Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos delivered the Executive Keynote address at the 9th annual Film Independent Forum Saturday at the Director Guild Theatre. In the video below, he does not hesitate to target the major studios and theater chains for not seeing things the way he thinks they sho...

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    Interview: Elvis Mitchell on 'Grigris' and Cameras d'Afrique

    Camera's d'Afrique has brought some of the best films from West Africa to audiences in Los Angeles.The series curator, Elvis Mitchell, a respected film critic and radio host of KCRW's The Treatment, selected films from the region that best exemplify the continent's ancient storytelling traditions an...

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    Film Independent Adds Over 20 New Panelists To Upcoming October Forum

    The non-profit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival, otherwise known as Film Independent, announced today the addition of over 20 new panelists. These panelists include our own Editor-in-Chief Dana Harris, Ryan Coogler (writer/director, "Fr...

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