If you live in LA and you are not a member of Film Independent yet, change this asap. Film Independent has to be one of my favorite organizations for filmmakers. They offer amazing resources.
One I love is The Film Independent Directors Close-up. It offers filmmakers and film lovers a unique opportunity to hear directly from the best indie directors and their collaborators, as they explore specific aspects of their craft. This year they have panels with Ava DuVernay, Richard Linklater, Dan Gilroy, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, Justin Simien, Lena Waithe, and Phillip J. Bartell!
Early registration just started. You don't need to be a member. The first evening with Ava DuVernay is on Feb 3rd.
For more information and to buy tickets go here: http://www.filmindependent.org/event/directors-close-up-2015/#.VLWk7r5zU21