If you're a first-time feature director -- documentary or narrative -- I highly recommend you submit your project to IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Labs, which 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." The deadline for documentaries is tomorrow (March 11) -- sorry for the late notice! -- but the narrative deadline isn't until April 8, so that should give narrative filmmakers sufficient time to put together an application. More details here:
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.
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