Film Independent is a long-standing member of the indie film community in Los Angeles and beyond. Notable films that have participated in Fast Track include: Natural SelectionBurn (2012 Tribeca Film Festival); Call Me Kuchu (2012 Berlin International Film Festival); Amreeka (nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards in 2010) and Frozen River.

During three days of intensive meetings, Fast Track connects filmmakers with financiers, production companies, and other industry professionals. This highly selective program is open to established as well as up-and-coming filmmakers with exceptional projects still seeking funding.

Film Independent's Fast Track Program Deadline Feb 23, 2015

What you need to apply:

  • Cover Letter explaining your interest in Fast Track
  • Complete feature-length screenplay or detailed documentary proposal. Treatments for narrative submissions will not be accepted.
  • Logline and synopsis
  • Biography of director and producer(s), as well as any other key personnel attached to project
  • Project status and history
  • Finance plan and budget (budget is recommended but not required)
  • Director’s prior work sample or rough-cut/clip-reel for documentary works-in-progress (DVD or online link)
  • Non-refundable application fee ($45 Film Independent Member; $65 Non-Member)
  • Non-Member applicants accepted into Fast Track are required to become current Film Independent Members at the standard rate of $95 or above


  • Narrative films must not have entered principal photography yet
  • Documentary films may have begun or completed production and only need finishing funds.
  • They prefer projects that have directors and at least one producer attached.
  • Projects don't need to have any financing in place, but they want to "see evidence that the creative team has given serious thought to the budget and can articulate why they have budgeted the film at a particular level."

This program will be especially of interest for science fiction or science-driven documentary filmmakers, as the Alfred P. Sloan foundation will award one Fast Track participant a $20,000 production grant for a project involving science and technology.

Apply to Fast Track online here before February 23rd.

Source: Film Independent: Fast Track