Project Involve Fellows develop and produce six original short films, from pitch through premiere.

Treatment selections, story development
Filmmaker teams formed, projects pitched
Principal photography

Real, valuable filmmaking experience is at the heart of our program. Film Independent provides script consultation and individualized mentorship, equipment, and casting and post-production services to facilitate the development of Fellows’ shorts. In addition to a cash production grant, filmmakers are provided with resources for raising additional funds that will help bring their projects to fruition.

Notable Project Involve shorts include Liberty (2019 SXSW Narrative Short Film Jury Award) and Emergency (2018 Sundance Special Jury Award).

Each year we support a new, inclusive group of filmmakers with unique visions and diverse perspectives.

Project Involve not only accepts writers and directors; we also invite producers, cinematographers, editors, animators, executives, programmers and critics from underrepresented communities to apply.

Strong consideration is given to those whose work samples and statements of interest demonstrate talent, responsibility and collaborative effort. Film Independent Membership is required to participate in Project Involve and Fellows must reside in Los Angeles for the duration of the program.

To view deadlines and apply, visit our applications page.