Submitting “My Dirty Secrets” to Film Independent’s Director’s Lab

  Hey Everybody,

I’m going to submit my feature screenplay “My Dirty Secrets” to Film Independent’s Directors Lab. For those who don’t know, Film Independent is one of the most well-known organizations for filmmakers. They put on the annual Independent Spirit Awards and also the Los Angeles Film Festival. The submission package is due in early October, so I have a couple weeks to put it together. I’m going to post all the elements here so you can see how I approach getting into the Director’s Lab and my vision for directing my first feature film. Every year, FIND chooses up to 8 feature screenplays to participate in the Director’s Lab, submitted by people who hope to make the scripts into films as directors. Usually the submitting director is also the writer, but not always. I’d be interested to see what percentage of directors also write their screenplays. If the script is chosen, the director participates in workshopping his/her script with experts from FIND as well as other director participants. FIND also provides cameras and some equipment so that short scenes from the script can be filmed. This resulting footage can be used to help sell others on the
director’s vision and hopefully raise financing to complete the film. More on this as I get the elements ready to submit, so stay tuned!

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