Promoting unique, independent voices by helping filmmakers create and advance new work.
In an effort to keep our Fellows safe and healthy, all Artist Development programs will be conducted online for the remainder of 2020. Though we won’t be meeting face-to-face, the virtual landscape will allow us to broaden the scope of our programs and provide expanded access to filmmakers from different communities around the world.
Filmmaker Labs are open to all filmmakers, regardless of background, level of education/training or previous accomplishment. Fellows receive year-round support, including access to the Film Independent Forum, Directors Close-Up and more.
Directing Lab is a five-week program for directors prepping independent feature films. The Lab runs April through May.
Screenwriting Lab is a week-long workshop designed to provide individualized story and professional development for emerging screenwriters with a fiction feature screenplay. This full-time Lab takes place in February.
Producing Lab is a week-long intensive designed to help creative independent producers develop their skills. This full-time Lab takes place in October.
Documentary Lab is an in-depth, two-week program designed to help filmmakers who are currently in post-production on their feature-length documentary films. This full-time Lab takes place in March.
Episodic Lab is a month-long workshop where Fellows gain the tools needed to revise and refine their pilots and navigate a changing industry landscape. The Lab meets 2–3 evenings per week in August.
Film Independent + CNN Original Series Docuseries Intensive
The Film Independent + CNN Docuseries Intensive is a is a three-day remote workshop that will give filmmakers the tools and access needed to develop and pitch their nonfiction series to potential collaborators. This Lab takes place in late September.
In addition to Labs listed above, our Artist Development programs encompass a wide range of initiatives that help filmmakers push their projects forward, including:
Project Involve is Film Independent’s signature program that, for over 25 years, has helped filmmakers from communities underrepresented in entertainment hone skills, form partnerships and launch careers as successful working artists.
Fast Track is a four-day film finance market where select fiction and nonfiction filmmakers pitch to top executives, financiers, agents and distributors.
Fiscal Sponsorship opens the door to nonprofit funding for independent filmmakers and media artists, allowing them to seek grants and solicit donations for their project.
Global Media Makers
Global Media Makers is an innovative mentoring initiative that connects visual storytellers from around the world with leading U.S. entertainment professionals.
Grants & Awards
Grants & Awards are available to help filmmakers advance their current projects and acknowledge professional accomplishments in independent film.
To learn more about Film Independent Fellows and their projects, visit our Talent Guide.