Film Independent has unveiled a year-round partnership with Netflix to support documentary filmmakers.
The move makes the streaming giant the official supporter of all Film Independent’s documentary initiatives including the annual Documentary Lab, the Documentary Competition at the Los Angeles Film Festival and all the documentary elements in Film Independent’s educational programmes.
The body also announced the six projects and related film-makers selected for the five-week 2015 Documentary Lab.
“We are so appreciative of Netflix’s deep and generous support of our programmes that are geared to documentary filmmakers,” said Film Independent president Josh Welsh. “Documentary film is incredibly exciting today and I can’t think of a better company to partner with in this space.”
The 2015 Documentary Lab projects and Fellows are:
Becoming April March (dir, Craig Jackson); My Country, No More (dirs, Rita Baghdadi, Jeremiah Hammerling); Real Boy (dir, Shaleece Haas); Soledad (dir, Cassidy Friedman); The Peacemaker (dir, James Demo); What Lies Upstream (dir, Cullen Hoback).