Project Involve: A Great Opportunity for Under-Represented Filmmakers

Project:Involve If you’re an aspiring filmmaker or considering another career path in the film industry, you might just want to consider applying for Film Independent’s Project:Involve.

The intensive nine-month program is “Film Independent’s signature diversity program, dedicated to increasing diversity in the film industry by cultivating the careers of under-represented filmmakers,” according to Film Independent.

The application deadline is April 30, and applicants can choose from a variety of categories:

*Filmmaking – cinematography, directing, documentary, editing, producing and screenwriting.

*Industry – acquisitions/distribution, agent/manager, development exec, film programming, marketing.

Once participants are selected, they’ll be individually paired with a mentor from the film industry and assigned to a team that will make a short film on a given theme. The program also includes monthly filmmaking workshops and educational seminars.

In addition to completing an application, participants will need to submit additional materials depending on their area of interest. Directors and producers need to include a work sample of a feature or short film; writers are asked to submit a feature-length script. Additional submission requirements are available on Film Independent.

Aside from receiving enlightening mentoring advice and practical educational opportunities, Project:Involve participants experience other invaluable benefits, too.

“The one thing that you definitely get in Project Involve is the sense of a nurturing community, which isn’t the same as a community—especially among filmmakers,” said Wendy J.N. Lee, Project:Involve fellow, 2009. “We’re all in it together.”

If you’re interested in learning more about the program and hearing firsthand from Wendy and other Project:Involve fellows, check out this showcase video of participant interviews.

Project:Involve Showcase 2011 Interviews from Film Independent on Vimeo.

Now that you’re brimming with inspiration, we hope you’ll consider submitting your application. We’re big fans of any programs that help aspiring filmmakers and those who want to work in the industry, and when the program is focused on diversity like Project:Involve, that’s even better.

If you decide to apply, we wish you the best of luck!

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