Every year Film Independent selects up to ten fiction and five non-fiction feature projects to participate in an intensive film finance market that takes place over four days in November. Designed to connect producer-director teams with industry leaders and put projects on the “fast track,” the market consists of meetings with top executives, financiers, agents, managers, distributors, granting organizations and production companies. Participants gain valuable exposure and build vital relationships as they propel their films toward completion.
Notable Fast Track projects include the Academy Award and Spirit Award-nominated documentary Minding the Gap; Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award winner Nancy, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival; and the Arts Cinema Award-winning 37 Seconds, which had its world premiere in competition at the 69th Berlinale and its North American premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. Other Fast Track successes include Maxima, United Skates, The Departure, Give Me Liberty, Blow the Man Down and Jinn.
Previous industry participants include 30WEST, Fox Searchlight, MACRO, Mandalay Pictures, Netflix, Participant Media, Plan B, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and many others.
Film Independent is looking for talented filmmakers and determined producers with feature-length, narrative film or documentary projects that are compelling, original, and demonstrate a unique vision. Projects need not have full or partial financing in place at the time of application; however, it is vital that each application demonstrate serious attention to the film’s budget from the creative team as a whole, and that applicants be able to articulate the reasoning behind their budget level.
The Fine Print
Beyond the application fee, there is no cost or tuition to participate in any of Film Independent’s Artist Development programs.
Film Independent membership is not required when applying to Artist Development Labs; however, all participants accepted into the labs are required to join Film Independent at the standard annual membership rate of $95.
Those applicants who are invited to participate in the program should plan to be in Los Angeles for the duration of the program. Film Independent is unable to subsidize any travel, lodging and/or visa expenses for any participants attending from outside of Los Angeles. Participants are expected to attend all sessions in person.