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APPLY: Pitch Your Project to Film Financiers with Film Independent’s Fast Track


(Photo: Malta Film Commission)

Fast Track (a Film Independent artist development program)

Deadline: February 24

Fast Track is a film financing market that takes place during the Los Angeles Film Festival designed to help narrative and documentary filmmakers move their current projects forward.

During three days of intensive meetings, Fast Track connects filmmakers with financiers, production companies, and other industry professionals. This highly selective program is open to established as well as up-and-coming filmmakers with exceptional projects still seeking funding.

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Hot Links: Thursday, October 31st


“Are you wearing this coat of desperation or are you wearing your passion on your sleeve?” Award-winning director Ava DuVernay’s #realtalk keynote at the recent Film Independent Find Forum is a must watch indeed. [Film Independent Youtube Channel]
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APPLY: Film Independent’s Directing Lab Wants To Help You Prep Your Next Feature


Deadline: October 7 (no fee!)

Website: http://www.filmindependent.org/labs-and-programs/directors-lab/

“Designed to help directors who are prepping their independent feature films, the Directing Lab is an intensive ten-week program that runs in Los Angeles in February and March.
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Do You Budget For Life Expenses During Pre-Production?

Remember back in the day when indie filmmakers was mortgaging their homes, maxing out credit cards and borrowing money from every person they’d met in life just to get films made? Yeah, that’s not cool anymore, especially to producers. So what’s a director to do?

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Oscar Who? Don’t Miss the Spirit Awards This Saturday (Feb. 23rd)


Did you know that there are two major film award shows happening this weekend? Before you head out to your Oscars party on Sunday, why not check out the Spirit Awards on Saturday? The ceremony, hosted by SNL favorite Andy Samberg, will air on IFC at 10pm EST. No livestream unfortunately. You can see the full list of independent films being honored HERE.

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Let’s Call It A Weekend! (Hot Topics Round-Up)

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” Gets 4 Oscar Noms!

In case you missed it, this year’s Academy Award nominations were announced on Thursday. Fellow indie Jalissa C. shares her thoughts about the surprising picks and snubs. A HUGE congrats on the “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Oscar nomination takeover: Quvenzhané Wallis for Best Actress (youngest nominee in history at 9 years old), Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Picture AND Benh Zeitlin for Best Director.

Golden Globes’ Panel With Best Foreign Language Nominees Streaming on Jan. 12th

If you have some time on Saturday in between finally seeing “Zero Dark Thirty”, I recommend checking out the 10th Annual Golden Globe Foreign Language Film Symposium streaming online HERE at 11am PST. Panel will feature directors Jacques Audiard (RUST AND BONE), Michael Haneke (AMOUR), Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache (THE INTOUCHABLES) and Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (KON-TIKI).

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Indie on a budget? Try Film Independent online resources!

I’ve noticed that although there are so many great support networks for new filmmakers of all backgrounds, many are nonprofits and therefore require a steep membership fee. Luckily for those of us on a budget, some film organizations make the same resources for paying members available online to the public. My current favorite freebie goldmine is Film Independent. Their annual membership costs $95, but the “Resources and Advice” page is a mighty fine substitute if you’re not able to commit with your wallet. The homepage covers a vast range of topics to fit all of your indie filmmaker needs. Many posts are recaps from their monthly members-only events. Helpful categories include:


Sound Advice 

Post Production

Film Budgeting

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