InPathways - Industry Certification - white bg.png
 

The FREE SPIRIT MEDIA INDUSTRY PATHWAYS COHORT TRAINING PROGRAM is a unique opportunity for emerging Chicago-based media makers ages 18-25 to learn fundamental knowledge, build skills and gain the experience necessary to lay a foundation for a successful career in the film, media and TV industries.

The program provides hands-on training from industry professionals, access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, and opportunities to network and build relationships with industry members. The program will culminate in the production of a short film, written and directed by a cohort participant, with cohort members serving in key and supportive production roles with mentors in specific departments.

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • 18-25 years old

  • High School Graduate

  • Previous attendance at one Free Spirit Media Chicago Track event, involvement in another Free Sprit Media Level Three or Four program (Senior Doc, The Real Chi, Free Spirit PRO) and/or a recommendation from a teacher or mentor

  • Must be an Industry Pathways Member (apply here)

  • Have a strong demonstrated interest in and dedication to pursuing a career in the film and media industry

12 WEEK PROGRAM INCLUDES OVER 100 HOURS OF TRAINING:

  • 15 hours of professional development in 21st century job readiness skills

  • 50 hours of production training in camera, grip, office, PA and post

  • 30 hours in pre-production, on set and in post w/ an independent feature film production team

  • 15 hours of portfolio and website development, job readiness and interview prep

COHORT MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS:

  • Be matched with an industry ambassador who will support them for the following year in carrying out their goals and taking next steps.

  • Be eligible to participate in our Summer Apprenticeship Matching Fair that places students in paid internships in production companies, post houses, non-profits, AV studios and newsrooms across the city.

  • Be eligible to participate in Free Spirit Media’s lending library where students can check out professional grade cameras and gear for little to no cost.

  • Receive complimentary admission and access to a number of film & media membership organizations including IFP Chicago, AbelCine Chicago and Stage 18.

BTS: Fuzzy Legs: Produced by Free Spirit Media's Industry Pathways 2018 Cohort.

Behind the Scenes produced with emerging media makers of Free Spirit PRO, a social enterprise of Free Spirit Media. http://www.freespiritpro.org

“This program not only introduces participants to jobs, but also to proper set etiquette, amazing organizations, and relationships with fellow creative minds. I see this as a chance to grow as a screenwriter and director, as well as a way to contribute my talents to the entertainment community in Chicago.”

— OLIVIA GRACE PEARSON, 2017 COHORT MEMBER

 

IMPORTANT DATES

2018/2019

APPLICATIONS OPEN: November 19

PRIORITY APPLICATIONS DUE: December 17 @11:59 PM

FINAL APPLICATIONS DUE: January 14 @ 11:59 PM

PHONE INTERVIEWS: January 16 - January 23

IN-PERSON INTERVIEWS: January 25- February 1

SELECTED COHORT MEMBERS NOTIFIED: February 4

PROGRAM BEGINS: February 19

PROGRAM ENDS: May 23

FINAL SCREENING: June 20


InPathways icon.JPG

INDUSTRY PATHWAYS