Independent Filmmaker Labs Open for Submissions

IFP is currently seeking first-time filmmakers with features in post-production (rough assembly through fine cut) for this year’s Independent Filmmaker Labs, and I wanted to reach out to see if you could help us spread the word!
Supporting filmmakers when they need it most – through the completion, marketing & distribution of their first feature films – IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Labs is the only FREE program in the U.S. for first-time feature directors navigating how to build audience and stand out in a crowded marketplace. In the last three years, we’ve shepherded projects that have gone on to distribution deals at Focus Features, Radius / The Weinstein Company, Oscilloscope, BBC, PBS, and HBO, as well as prestigious premieres at Venice, Toronto, IDFA, Sundance, Rotterdam, Berlin, and SXSW.
Recent notable alumni include Concussion (Radius/TWC), Pariah (Focus Features), Una Noche (Sundance Selects), and documentaries Give Up Tomorrow, The Light In Her Eyes (both PBS’ “P.O.V.”) and War Don Don (HBO), but we need YOUR suggestions to help us find tomorrow’s next great storytellers for our 2013 program.
It is our constant goal at IFP to leave no stone unturned in the search for the strongest, most diverse lineup of films possible, and it is only with your support we can do this. Here are a few easy ways you can contribute:
–       Add information about this call for entries to your newsletter, blog or list-serve mention about the Labs (see below for suggested text)
–       Tell us about any first-time feature filmmakers/projects you know of– we’d love to hear about them!
–       Suggest a tastemaker or “in the know” resource for to scout these projects – who do you know in Ohio, Seattle, New Mexico, or Detroit that can get the word out to these regional film scenes?
–       Give us a Facebook/Twitter mention (it’s as simple as retweeting this)
–       Send out a dedicated email blast to your filmmaker and/or industry friends
Please visit our Labs website for more information and I’ve attached a short Call for Entries “blurb” below. Our deadlines to submit are March 8 for the Documentary Labs and April 5 for the Narrative Labs so don’t delay, do it now!
We look forward to hearing from you, and thank you in advance for helping us make this year our most successful yet.
Best wishes,
Amy Dotson, IFP Deputy Director, Programming
Milton Tabbot, IFP Senior Director of Programming
Rose Vincelli, IFP Producer & Program Manager (Documentary Lab); 212-465-8200×226
Dan Schoenbrun, IFP Communications & Programming Coordinator (Narrative Lab); 212-465-8200×218

IFP Independent Filmmaker Labs Open for Submissions

Deadlines to Apply: March 8 (Documentary) / April 5 (Narrative)
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. Lab submission is open to all first-time documentary and narrative feature directors with films in post-production. Structured in three week-long components held over the year, the Labs offer personalized attention on post-production, audience building, and distribution strategies in the digital age, followed by continued support from IFP as the project premieres in the marketplace.

Recent Lab Project alumni include Concussion (Radius/TWC), Pariah (Focus Features), Una Noche (Sundance Selects), and documentaries Give Up Tomorrow, The Light In Her Eyes (both PBS’ “P.O.V.”) and War Don Don (HBO) with many more Lab alumni set for upcoming festivals and broadcast. To apply, or for more information, please visit


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