Film Independent has received a three-year $150,000 grant from the James Irvine Foundation to further its Talent Development Programmes and diversity initiatives.

The grant will specifically support Film Independent's signature diversity programme, Project: Involve, and three editions of Film Independent's annual talent guide, which spotlights graduates of Film Independent's Talent Development Programmes.

Film Independent executive director Dawn Hudson said the Foundation had been a partner on Project:Involve since its inception. 'Our talent development and diversity initiatives represent the heart and soul of Film Independent, and this grant enables us to support and encourage our talented graduates as they grow in their careers,' Hudson said.