Today at the Los Angeles Film Festival, produced by the nonprofit arts organization Film Independent, JuntoBox Films, a collaborative film studio for filmmakers and fans co-chaired by Forest Whitaker, announced the kickoff of the JuntoBox Feature Film Incubator, an in-depth story development and production readiness program for narrative feature film projects that can be produced for $2.5 million or less.
The company also announced the addition of industry veteran Kelly Thomas to the team as producer and vice president of the JuntoBox Feature Film Incubator, overseeing the launch and entirety of the program.
“We created the JuntoBox Feature Film Incubator as an extension of our belief in the democratization of the filmmaking process by harnessing a more collaborative and hands-on approach to developing and producing independent features films,” stated Forest Whitaker, co-chairman of JuntoBox Films. “Kelly is a valuable asset to the JuntoBox team and we look forward to tapping into her passion and long history of working with independent filmmakers to guide the Feature Film Incubator and help continue our mission of creating new opportunities for filmmakers.”
The JuntoBox Feature Film Incubator is a program designed to accelerate the development of film projects via group workshops as well as one-on-one meetings with industry professionals including story analysts, casting directors, and line producers. Eight to ten projects will be chosen, and filmmakers will work directly with these industry experts to bring each participating project to a high degree of production readiness. At the end of the program, JuntoBox Films executives will greenlight at least one project to be financed and produced in the Spring of 2015. The JuntoBox Feature Film Incubator is open to writers, directors, and/or producers who hold the contractual rights to a feature-length screenplay of any genre. The three month program will kick off in September of this year. JuntoBox Films will be accepting submissions from June 16 – June 27.
To spearhead this project, Kelly Thomas has joined the JuntoBox Films team and will be overseeing the launch of the new incubator initiative, working closely with each of the participants. Thomas has more than 10 years of experience producing independent features. Previously Thomas was the producer in residence for Film Independent’s Artist Development programs where managed and curated labs for writers, directors, producers, and documentary filmmakers. She started her film career with Mockingbird Pictures and later co-founded Extraordinary Renditions. She holds an MBA from the University of Virginia and a PhD in English from the University of Michigan.
JuntoBox Feature Film Incubator submission: http://incubator.juntoboxfilms.com/
ABOUT JUNTOBOX FILMS
JuntoBox Films is a collaborative film studio and social community for filmmakers and fans to connect, create and ultimately, make films. JuntoBox merges the collaborative energy of a social platform with the more traditional in-house film development process including greenlighting, financing, marketing and distribution. For more information, find us at www.JuntoBoxFilms.com and follow us at @JuntoBoxFilms or https://www.facebook.com/Juntoboxfilms