Every year I make sure to post about this, as New York-based IFP's Labs are designed for first-time feature directors at the rough cut stage -- a stage at which filmmakers can often use help, but especially first-time feature directors (as you can imagine, if the timing is right I'm definitely going to apply once MANCHILD is in the can). It takes a village to make an independent feature, and IFP can bolster the support structure around your project, as well as give you valuable feedback and mentorship. If you're a first time feature director and you've got a rough cut, think about applying to the Documentary Lab or Narrative Lab -- you have until March 8 and April 5, respectively.
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).
- Documentary Application (Deadline: March 8, notified April; 9)
- Narrative Application (Deadline: April 5, notified May 6)
- Application Guidelines
Program date are, for the Finishing Labs: Documentary: May 13-17, 2013; Narrative: June 10-14, 2013. The Independent Film Week & Marketing Lab takes place in September, and the Distribution Lab in December. The labs themselves are free to participate in if you are accepted, but the application fee is $50, and you also have to be an IFP member to apply; memberships start at $35/year.
Link: IFP Labs