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Heart of Los Angeles is pleased to welcome Ghetto Film School (GFS) to Los Angeles and to HOLA’s community campus. GFS LA is a ground-breaking initiative, created through a partnership between Ghetto Film School and 21st Century Fox, that brings GFS’ award-winning Fellows Program to diverse young storytellers throughout Los Angeles. The Fellows Program, launched in June 2014, is a free, rigorous 30-month college-level pre-professional immersion in cinematic storytelling and production training. During the program, Fellows write, direct and edit original short films, commercials, animations and other creative content. They also study under top filmmakers and industry experts, participate in regular site visits to studio lots, development offices and post houses, weekly trips to top LA cinemas, museums and art galleries and an international production trip during the annual Thesis Project. At the conclusion of the Program, the Fellows enroll at top colleges and universities, becoming outstanding candidates for the LA creative industry’s recruitment initiatives and programs.

Click on the following links to read about GFS LA’s opening celebration in the Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety.

Read about the creative minds behind GFS in The Hollywood Reporter and get a look inside the program from Fusion.

To learn more about GFS, HOLA’s new film and television partner, click here.

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Alvy Johnson Program Coordinator, Ghetto Film School LA
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Stosh Mintek Executive Director, Ghetto Film School LA
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