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Last Call for Film Independent's Producing Lab Applicants is July 9

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 6, 2012 at 12:30PM

Film Independent's Producing Lab, an intensive seven-week course in Los Angeles each fall, helps producers with feature length narrative film projects to develop an action plan for getting their films funded...
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Past Participant: Maryam Keshavarz’s 'Circumstance'
Past Participant: Maryam Keshavarz’s 'Circumstance'

Film Independent's Producing Lab, an intensive seven-week course in Los Angeles each fall, helps producers with feature length narrative film projects to develop an action plan for getting their films funded.

More about the Producing Lab:

Designed to help filmmakers develop skills as creative independent producers, the Producing Lab is an intensive seven-week program that takes place in Los Angeles each Fall. Producers apply with feature length narrative projects that they are in the process of producing. A maximum of ten projects are selected each year.

During the Lab, Fellows develop a strategy and action plan for bringing their current projects to fruition. A secondary goal of the program is to help advance the careers of the Lab Fellows by introducing them to film professionals who can advise them on both the craft and business of independent producing.

Participants with qualifying projects are also eligible for a $25,000 production grant awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Film Independent membership is not required when applying to Film Independent Artist Development Labs.  However, all participants accepted into the Labs are required to be Film Independent members.

Application deadline: Monday, July 9. Check out the Film Independent Producing Lab web page for more info about how to apply.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.