IFP Independent Filmmaker Labs
Call for Entries: First Feature Directors with Documentary or Narrative Films in Post-Production
Documentary Deadline: March 11 Narrative Deadline: April 8
IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Labs are a year-long fellowship supporting independent filmmakers when they need it most: through the completion, marketing, and distribution of their first features. Labs provide community, mentorship, and film-specific strategies to help filmmakers reach their artistic goals, support the film’s launch, and maximize exposure in the global marketplace. The program consists of three focused workshops in spring, fall and winter in New York City.
IFP seeks to ensure that at least half of participating projects have an inclusive range of voices in key positions. We especially encourage female and minority directors to apply, as well as filmmakers from outside NY & LA.
IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Labs is the only free program in the U.S. supporting first-time feature directors when they need it most – at the crucial rough cut/post-production stage. We are reaching out to organizations such as yours who we feel would have a constituency well-suited to this program.
2010 Lab alumni are already showing well this year. Three premiered in Competition at Sundance 2011: Alrick Brown's Kinyarwanda, Andrew Dosunmu’s Restless City and Dee Rees' Pariah which was acquired by Focus Features. Victoria Mahoney's Yelling to the Sky premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival followed by SXSW. Also premiering at SXSW is Sara Terry's documentary Fambul Tok. Alumni also showed at DOCNYC, Slamdance, and the upcoming Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, and were distributed nationally in theaters, on television, on VOD and DVD.
Open to all first time documentary and narrative feature directors with films in post-production. Applications open now! Additional information and online application: www.ifp.org/Labs