Canon has launched the new Canon Filmmaker Award Program in partnership with Film Independent the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival. Open to eligible Film Independent Fellows Los Angeles Film Festival alumni and Spirit Awards Nominees and Winners the program is designed to help emerging filmmakers ‘leave no story untold.’ Winners of the Canon Filmmaker Award Program will be lent a Canon Cinema EOS C300 camera package to create their next feature length narrative or documentary film or in special cases short films. Announced quarterly over the next year the application process for the Fall Period opens today and will accept submissions until August 1 2012. All applications are to be submitted via the Film Independent website http://www.filmindependent.org/labs-and-programs/grants-and-awards/canon... “We are thrilled to be partnering with Canon a company that shares our vision of supporting cinema as art on this new Canon Filmmaker Award Program ” said Josh Welsh co-president Film Independent. “So many of our Fellows are already working with Canon's existing equipment so to be able to shoot their films with these new cameras will truly elevate their production experience and bring their films to life.” Canon U.S.A. announced the new program at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival where screenings included nearly 200 feature films shorts and music videos including Virgin airlines’ Departure Date shot with the Cinema EOS C300 at 35 000 feet. Other projects on the Festival’s diverse roster that were filmed with Canon imaging equipment include A Band Called Death About Face Beauty is Embarrassing An Oversimplification of Her Beauty Red Flag Remote Area Medical and Reportero.