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LAFF // JuntoBox Films Announces Feature Film Incubator & New Hire



Kelly Thomas
Kelly Thomas



 Indie Film Veteran Kelly Thomas Joins JuntoBox Films to Oversee New Initiative

LOS ANGELES – June 16, 2014 – 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.

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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 and follow us at @JuntoBoxFilms or


Now in its 20th year, the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by Film Independent, showcases diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision in new American and international cinema, and provides the movie-loving public with one-of-a-kind events featuring critically acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals, and emerging talent from around the world. The Festival’s signature programs include the Filmmaker Retreat, Music in Film at The GRAMMY Museum®, Celebrating Women Filmmakers, Master Classes, Spirit of Independence Award, LA Muse and more. Over 200 features, shorts, and music videos, representing more than 40 countries, make up the main body of the Festival.  The Festival also screens short films created by high school students and a special section devoted to music videos. The Festival hosts juried cash awards for best narrative and documentary features, best narrative, documentary and animated short film, and a jury award for best performance in the narrative competition. Audience awards are presented to best documentary, narrative and international feature, short film and music video. The Los Angeles Film Festival is presented in conjunction with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times. The Official Host Venue is Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14. Subaru is the Official Automotive Sponsor. Relativity is a Principal Sponsor. Platinum Sponsors include HBO, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Stella Artois Dolby Laboratories, Inc., Canon U.S.A., Inc. and EFILM. The University Sponsor is Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television. Renwood Winery is the Official Wine Provider. Tanqueray is the Official Gin Provider. The Los Angeles Athletic Club is the Official Host Hotel. WireImage is the Official Photography Agency and PR Newswire is the Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent. More information can befound at


Film Independent is a non-profit arts organization that champions independent film and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects and works to diversify the film industry. Film Independent’s Board of Directors, filmmakers, staff and constituents, is comprised of an inclusivecommunity of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race and sexual orientation. Anyone passionate about film can become a member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry professional or a film lover. Film Independent produces the Spirit Awards, the annual celebration honoring artist-driven films and recognizing the finest achievements of American independent filmmakers.Film Independent also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival, showcasing the best of American and international cinema and the Film Independent at LACMAFilm Series, a year-round, weekly program that offers unique cinematic experiences for the Los Angeles creative community and the general public.

With over 250 annual screenings and events, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry. Film Independent’s Artist Development program offers free Labs for selected writers, directors, producers and documentary filmmakers and presents year-round networking opportunities. Project Involve is Film Independent’s signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry. For more information or to become a member, visit


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