Film Independent's annual Filmmaker Forum (now just known as the Film Independent Forum) is taking place this weekend at LA's Directors Guild of America. The Forum offers indie filmmakers a chance to meet other likeminded and hardworking individuals as well as attending seminars from industry heavyweights. More than anything, it's a positive and productive environment and a great place to be inspired to get that pet project done. Whether you're an aspiring screenwriter or a seasoned veteran of the festival circuit, if this sounds cool to you, then it's worth it to attend. Here are five great reasons why:
Opening night screening: Dallas Buyers Club
Friday night's opening night film usually sets the tone for the weekend and this year's edition features Jean-Marc Vallée's TIFF hit Dallas Buyers Club. Both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto have received praise-a-plenty for their performances. It wasn't that long ago that the idea of McConaughey being in the awards picture was a novel thought. Now it would qualify as a snub if he was left out for this role as a 1980s AIDS drug-runner. Producers Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter will be on hand for a Q&A after the film.