Jordan Peele To Give Filmmaker Keynote At 13th Annual Film Independent Forum Oct 20-22 2017

Jordan Peele

Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards and the LA Film Festival, announced today that Filmmaker Jordan Peele (Get Out, Key & Peele) will deliver the Filmmaker Keynote address at the 13th annual Film Independent Forum. The Forum takes place the weekend of October 20-22 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles.

Jordan Peele

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“Through the years, the Film Independent Forum has had the most influential filmmakers and executives come and “tell it like it is” – so it is very exciting to offer our audience the opportunity to hear from a multi-hyphenate artist like Jordan Peele, whose directorial debut Get Out proved that social critique, entertainment and box office success need not be mutually exclusive,” said Maria Raquel Bozzi, Senior Director of Education and International Initiatives.

During the Forum, Film Independent will award the Alfred P. Sloan Producers Grant to support a fiction film that explores science or technology themes. The grant provides a $30,000 production grant and acceptance into the Film Independent Producing Lab. Following the Opening Night Film, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Reception will celebrate the Sloan grantee and the 2017 Film Independent Producing Lab Fellows and give attendees the opportunity to network.


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The 2017 Film Independent Forum is supported by Premier Sponsors Directors Guild of America and SAGindie.


Topics for this year’s panels are:


Getting Creative about Getting Money

Documentary: Making Docs and Making a Living

Pitching Clinic: Start Shopping Your Project

Case Study: Documentarians Get Real

The Complete Picture: The Wide World of Episodic TV

Film Independent Documentary Works-in-Progress

Case Study: Narrative Features

Case Study: Web Series

Marketing & Distribution Clinic: Discover Your Audience

Short Circuit: VR, Digital and New Forms of Engagement


The Film Independent Documentary Lab Works-in-Progress Screening will showcase select clips from the documentaries supported in Film Independent’s Artist Development programs followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

For a full schedule of events and to register, visit