International Film Project filmmaker labs, deadline March 8. -mia
IFP's Independent Filmmaker Labs are a year-long fellowship supporting independent filmmakers through the completion, marketing, and distribution of their first features. The 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. Drawing from a national candidate pool, 20 projects (10 documentaries and 10 narratives) are selected.
Lab alum projects from 2012 include recent Sundance premieres Concussion (acquired by RADiUS-TWC) directed by Stacie Passon and Blue Caprice, directed by Alexandre Moors; Alex Meillier and Tanya Ager Mellier's Alias Ruby Blade, recently premiered at IDFA; Daniel Patrick Carbone's Hide Your Smiling Faces, currently World Premiering in the Berlinale’s Generation section; Visra Vichit-Vadakan's Karaoke Girl from Rotterdam 2013's Tiger Award competition; and Penny Lane's Our Nixon (also Rotterdam and upcoming SXSW). Additional Lab Alums also premiering at SXSW will be Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq's These Birds Walk, Stephen Silha and Eric Slade's Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton, and Lotfy Nathan's 12 O’Clock Boys.
Lab submission is open to all first time documentary and narrative feature directors with films in post-production. As part of IFP's ongoing commitment to diversity, the Independent Filmmaker Labs seeks to ensure that at least half of the participating projects have an inclusive range of races, genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, and physical abilities in key creative positions. Upcoming deadlines for the 2013 Labs are March 8 (Documentary) and April 5 (Narrative). For more info and to apply, click here.