The festival, now in its 20th anniversary, takes place June 11-19 in downtown Los Angeles.
David O. Russell, Kathryn Bigelow, William Friedkin, Guillermo Del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron. Cholodenko's "The Kids Are All Right" opened the 2010 festival.
Cholodenko will attend the 13th annual Filmmaker Retreat in Palm Springs.
Cholodenko's debut film "High Art" was nominated for both Best First Feature and First Screenplay at the Film Independent Spirit Awards in 1999. Other credits include "Laurel Canyon," "Six Feet Under," "Hung" and "The L-Word."
Film Independent also announced that its Spirit of Independence Award will be given to Tom Bernard and Michael Barker for their over 20-year tenure as co-heads of Sony Pictures Classics, during which they have released more than 350 independent films, which have won 32 Academy Awards.
The duo will discuss their work with festival artistic director David Ansen and choose a film to screen.
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