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My name is Ela Thier, and I help screenwriters and filmmakers build skills, confidence, and connections.

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Ela Thier, The Independent Film School
Ela Thier, The Independent Film School

you have talent. Don't question it.


You’re a writer, director and/or actor, whether you’ve done any of those things or have been secretly dreaming about it. Your desire to create is all the proof I need to know that you have talent, and that what you have to offer matters. My world would be a better place if your creativity, passions and stories ended up on the screen.

But I know how it goes. Years of procrastination and nothing done? Been there. Worked your butt off and saw no results? I’m raising my hand. It looked like you were getting your big break and then it fell through? My heart has been broken too. Many times. Gave up? Thinking of giving up? Check and check and check.

My name is Ela Thier, I’ve been through all of the above, and I’m a working screenwriter and filmmaker here to tell you this:

  • You don’t have to give up on your dreams as an artist
  • And you don’t have to go it alone.
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100% of the profits of The Independent Film School
are either donated to groups that combat the climate emergency, or invested in films that highlight the resilience, power, joy, caring, and intelligence of communities that are under-represented and/or misrepresented by the film industry.

I believe that writers, filmmakers and all artists can play key roles in building societies in which every human can flourish. Our profits serve this goal.

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