Filmmakers connect with industry pros under program

Film Independent announced the 19 filmmakers and nine projects for its 10th annual Fast Track program at the L.A. Film Festival on Monday.

Program is a three-day film-financing market during the L.A. fest that connects participants with financiers, agents and other industry professionals. Fast Track is sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Kodak and Millennium Entertainment.

The Sloan Foundation also awarded a $15,000 production grant to writer-helmer Casey Cooper Johnson and producers Casey Fenton and Peter W. Singer for their pic “Unmanned.” They will also receive year-round support from Film Independent.

New supporter Millennium awarded a $10,000 unrestricted grant to producers Angela C. Lee and Mollye Asher for “Lee.”

The other filmmakers selected for the 2012 Fast Track are Cookie Carosella and Kyle Patrick Alvarez for “C.O.G.,” Hilla Medalia and Diane Nabatoff for “Dancing in Jaffa,” Jennifer Arnold and Katherine Ruppe for “A Killing Frost,” Dante Di Loreto and Jessica Sharzer for “Revenge Fuck,” Christine O’Malley and Patrick Creadon for “Studio H,” Brandon Harris and Malcolm Murray for “Tokyo Cannonball Rising Sun” and Sara Guistini and PJ Raval for their untitled gay retiree documentary.

Fast Track is free to accepted participants. Upon completion of the program, they become Film Independent Fellows and receive support that includes access to the org’s resources and events.

Nonprofit Film Independent produces the L.A. Film Festival and the Spirit Awards.

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