Film Independent's Mission

Film Independent's mission is to champion the cause of independent film and support a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and a uniqueness of vision.

Film Independent's Committment to Diversity

Diversity is intrinsic to Film Independent's mission. Our diversity goal is to increase the number of films made and exhibited by filmmakers from communities underrepresented in the film industry.

The key artists we support are directors, producers, and screenwriters who are from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry. These are: African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latina/o and American Indian.

Additionally, Film Independent is committed to having a board, staff, membership, and Fellows that represent the diversity of our community.

Film Independent Diversity Programs


Project:Involve is Film Independent's signature diversity program. Project:Involve is a diversity mentorship program for 40 filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry. Project:Involve accepts filmmakers (directors, producers, screenwriters, editors, cinematographers) and emerging industry professionals (acquisitions, agents, development, distribution, managers, marketing and publicity.) The FREE program runs nine months during which accepted filmmakers receive individual mentors, monthly Master workshops in the art and business of filmmaking and career support. Project:Involve filmmakers also create short films with production and technical support provided by Film Independent.

Project:Involve Community Screenings

Project:Involve hosts four screenings annually which showcase dynamic independent films made by diverse filmmakers and are followed by a Q & A and a reception with the filmmakers. P:I Community Screenings partners with local community organizations to engage their constituencies and to engage audiences in a dialogue around topical issues addressed in the film. P:I Community Screenings engage new audiences, create community, and provide a showcase for independent film by talented emerging filmmakers to the diverse communities of Los Angeles.

For more information about Project:Involve, visit: http://filmindependent.org/content/film-independents-projectinvolve

Filmmaker Labs

Film Independent offers three FREE Filmmaker Labs (Directors Lab, Producers Lab, and Screenwriters Lab). Each year, Film Independent helps filmmakers hone their skills, develop current projects, and meet film professionals who can help advance their careers. The Filmmaker Labs are open to all filmmakers, regardless of educational background or previous accomplishment in film. Labs meet weekly over 5-8 weeks and are taught by industry professionals. Pat instructors include:

For more information about the Filmmaker Labs, visit: http://filmindependent.org/content/talent-development

Grants & Fellowships

Since 1995 Film Independent has awarded over $2,045,500 in case grants and Fellowships directly to filmmakers. Film Independent also provides in-kind support to Film Independent Fellows, such as Kodak film stock, camera and sound packages, and post-production services.

For more information on Film Independent's Grants & Fellowships: http://filmindependent.org/content/filmmaker-grants-and-awards

Future Filmmaker Showcase at the Los Angeles Film Festival

The Future Filmmaker Showcase is a program at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The Festival programs two programs of films made by high school-age filmmakers from national media arts programs and community-based youth organizations. The Showcase is a curated program that provides student filmmakers with the opportunity to see their short films in before public audiences, film industry professionals, family and peers at the Festival. Gritty, honest, and revealing, these films open a window into the lives of young people. The Future Filmmakers Luncheon celebrates the High School filmmakers with films in the shorts programs and features an industry professional who delivers a keynote address.

Participating Organizations at the Los Angeles Film Festival

The Los Angeles Film Festival partners with over 100 diverse community -based organizations that are invited to host screenings of films of interest to their constituents. Participating Organizations receive complimentary tickets, outreach opportunities, and a reception in their honor.

For more information about the Los Angeles Film Festival, visit: www.lafilmfest.com

High School Lending Library

Film Independent provides films and curriculum guides via the High School Lending Library. Film Independent works with educators to develop customized media arts curriculum to be used in tandem with independent films. The curriculum is based on the Arts, Media, & Entertainment Industry Sector curriculum standards adopted and mandated by the State of California's Education Department. Film Independent offers the curriculum guides along with DVDs of the films free-of-charge to inner-city high schools in the LAUSD.

Filmmaker Diversity Resources

Please download a Diversity Resource Guide, which includes the diverse film festivals and filmmaker programs for diverse filmmakers.