Art + Culture

Open Call: IFP Lab Supports First-Time Filmmakers

The Independent Filmmaker Project seeks first-time filmmakers with features in post-production for this year’s Independent Filmmaker Labs. This free, year-long fellowship program provides expert guidance to 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 (rough assembly through fine cut). 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. 

No doubt you’ll be learning from the pros: In the last three years, IFP has helped facilitate  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.

Submission deadlines are March 8 for the Documentary Labs and April 5 for the Narrative Labs. Details here.