Project:Involve recruits high-profile sponsors

38 filmmakers chosen for talent development program

Film Independent, which produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, has struck a creative partnership with Banana Republic and Vanity Fair for its talent development program, Project:Involve.

Project:Involve is Film Independent's diversity program that fosters the careers of filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry. Each year, the filmmakers are selected through a competitive process and receive one-on-one film industry mentors, access to production-based master workshops taught by film professionals, career development training, and industry networking opportunities.

For the first time, this year's 38 Project:Involve filmmakers will be working in teams to create 10 three-minute short films around the theme "City Stories." All the films will be shot in the French New Wave style, and a cash production budget of $20,000 will be provided by Vanity Fair and Banana Republic.

The 10 completed short films will be available for public viewing, beginning on Aug. 13 at The winning team will be awarded a cash prize of $2,500 at a special screening event on Sept. 9. In addition, Banana Republic will donate wardrobe for use in the films, NBC Universal will donate a $15,000 production credit for studio services, Canon will provide cameras, and Moviola will donate lighting and sound packages to each team.