Film Independent's Diversity Fellowship

The deadline for Film Independent’s Project: Involve is February 23rd.

Project: Involve is Film Independent’s signature diversity program, dedicated to increasing cultural diversity in the film industry by cultivating the careers of under-represented filmmakers. The program, which runs from October through June, selects filmmakers from culturally diverse backgrounds and filmmaking tracks. The Fellows are paired one-on-one with a mentor from the film industry. In addition to the mentorship, the Fellows also attend filmmaking workshops, community screenings, and receive career development assistance.

During the nine-month program, the Fellows are assigned a 2-minute short film project. They work in pairs to develop and shoot a short film that incorporates the concept of diversity in our every day life.

40 Fellows are selected for the program each year.

Project: Involve Fellows receive:
* A one-year membership with Film Independent
* A pass to the Los Angeles Film Festival (Westwood Pass)
* Alumni support

Applications are accepted in the following categories: Acquisitions, Acting, Agent/Manager, Cinematography, Composing, Costume Design, Development Exec, Directing, Documentary, Editing, Entertainment Law, Film Programming, Marketing/Distribution, Music, Producing, Production Design, Screenwriting, Sound, and Writer/Director.

Past Project:Involve Fellows include:
Effie T. Brown (P:I 1993) – Real Women Have Curves
Jon M. Chu (P:I 2002) – Step Up 2 the Streets
Jennifer Phang (P:I 2000) – Half-Life

For more information on submissions guidelines, please visit

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