New Program for Budding Filmmakers Has Golden Globe Pedigree

In a collaboration with Film Independent, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will bring filmmakers from two prominent film festivals to Los Angeles to get up-close training in the film industry.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is best known for giving awards to the best in film and television as part of the Golden Globes.

But with a new collaboration with the nonprofit arts organization Film Independent, HFPA will be helping the next generation of filmmakers find their footing in the industry.

Last month, amid the 2018 Venice International Film Festival, the association announced a three-week residency program that will bring writers, producers, and directors to Los Angeles for an education program and give those selected access to mentorship opportunities, master classes, and workshops.

As part of the program, three filmmakers from The Orizzonti Section of the Venice film festival (which goes through September 8), along with three participants in the Filmmaker Lab at the Toronto International Film Festival (taking place September 6-16), will get a chance to learn with individual filmmakers.

The education program, taking place January 2-23, 2019, coincides with the 2019 edition of the Golden Globes on January 6, and the selected filmmakers will take part in a Globes viewing party sponsored by HFPA and Film Independent.

In a news release, HFPA President Meher Tatna said that the initiative underlines a long-standing relationship with Film Independent, which is known for putting on the Independent Spirit Awards each year.

“The HFPA has supported Film Independent for 20 years and is committed to providing the resources needed to empower the next generation of filmmakers and storytellers,” Tatna said in a news release. “Film Independent has extensive experience in organizing cultural exchange and artist development programs with a particular focus on international filmmakers and we are thrilled to partner with them to bring this residency program to life.”

Film Independent President Josh Welsh echoed the sentiment, adding that the organization looks forward “to meeting the talented filmmakers from the Venice and Toronto film festivals and introducing them to the film community of Los Angeles.”

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Ernie Smith

By Ernie Smith

Ernie Smith is a former senior editor for Associations Now. MORE

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