An exchange program and platform designed to foster relationships between American and International Documentary Film Professionals.

Tipstors® are supported through a partnership between Film Independent and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The program connects international filmmakers with leading U.S. entertainment professionals through comprehensive filmmaker education, business training, professional networking opportunities and tailored mentorships.

Over 200 U.S. Mentors from the entertainment industry have participated in the program to offer project support and networking opportunities and foster creative connections for participating international filmmakers.

Past Creative Advisors and Mentors include Len Amato (HBO), Effie Brown (Dear White People), Alix Madigan (Winter?s Bone), Robin Swicord (Memoirs of a Geisha) and Ron Yerxa (Little Miss Sunshine).

Since the program’s inception, 46 Fellows have been served through GMM residencies, leading to seven produced projects, including Amr Salama’s Sheikh Jackson, Egypt’s official submission to the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film category in 2018.

From 2016-18, the program has operated in the Arab world and Turkey, including the nations of Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. In 2019, GMM will broaden its scope to South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) while continuing to build upon the strong foundation established in the Arab world and Turkey.

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