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It's a Wrap: Final Thoughts on This Year's Filmmaker Forum

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AJ Schnack moderating a panel featuring Matt Tyrnauer, Scott Kennedy, Laura Gabbert, and Richard Abomowitz (Wire Image via Film Independent/Used with permission)
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By Douglas McBride/Special to LAist

If you haven’t heard of Film Independent's Filmmaker Forum, it's best described as a three-day cinematic tornado of an event, that’s definitely worth getting caught up in, provided you can handle the price of admission, and you’re serious about gaining some kind of a foothold in the world of independent film. The event is thrown each year by the good folks at Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization also in charge of the Independent Spirit Awards, and Los Angeles Film Festival.

Cost could be considered a stumbling block here for young filmmakers, but there are numerous special offers and big discounts for early bird registration and Film Independent members. If you waited until the last minute this year or couldn’t take advantage of any of the special offers, all three days rang up at $300 for members, and $350 for non-members. The good news though, is that the price of admission was the only arguable drawback about the entire event.