HFPA, Film Independent Team for Initiative to Bring Rising Filmmakers to Los Angeles

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Fresh talent from the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals will be brought to L.A. in January for a new three-week residency program combining mentorships, screenings and educational events.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is partnering with Film Independent on a new initiative that will bring rising filmmakers from both the upcoming Venice International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival to Los Angeles in January for a three-week residency program.

Three filmmakers — chosen from writers, directors and producers— from The Orizzonti Section of the Venice fest and three filmmakers from TIFF's Filmmaker Lab will be selected to travel to L.A. from Jan. 2 to 23 for mentorship, master classes and workshops. They will be paired with established filmmakers, who will serve as individual mentors to help them hone their skills, and they will also attend screenings and education events hosted by Film Independent as well as the HFPA-hosted 76th annual Golden Globe Awards viewing party.

“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,” HFPA president Meher Tatna said in announcing the new program. “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.”

Paolo Baratta, president of the Biennale di Venezia, commented, “Among the things we like most is helping new talents. Each institution, whether private or public, can contribute with acts of generosity".

“The Toronto International Film Festival is delighted to be involved in an initiative that helps foster the future of filmmaking and emerging creative voices,” Kathleen Drumm, TIFF director of industry, added, “Our annual Filmmaker Lab has proven a fruitful source of exciting new talent — and I’m thrilled that three from this year’s group of artists will go on to experience the Residency, helping them further develop their craft and industry understanding.”

"As Film Independent continues to expand its support of filmmakers working internationally, we can't imagine a better partner than the Hollywood Foreign Press Association," Film Independent president Josh Welsh said. "We look forward to meeting the talented filmmakers from the Venice and Toronto film festivals and introducing them to the film community of Los Angeles."