If you're a first-time filmmaker in the throes of post-production on your feature film, you understand just how difficult it is to put a project together. Perhaps even more difficult, though, is navigating where to go from here. If you're finding yourself in need of some direction, submissions have just opened for IFP's Independent Filmmaker Labs, which offer first-timers a chance to receive the support, resources, and industry exposure you'll need to find your audience through an in-depth, year-long mentorship program. Continue on for more details.
The Independent Filmmaker Labs are open to first-time U.S.-based feature directors of both documentary and narrative films who have already completed the majority of their project's principal photography and have begun editing (but haven't finished). IFP breaks it down:
IFP’s unique year-long mentorship program supports first-time feature directors when they need it most: through the completion, marketing and distribution of their films. Focusing exclusively on low-budget features (<$1million), this highly immersive program provides filmmakers with the technical, creative and strategic tools necessary to launch their films – and their careers.
Check out the deadlines below:
Documentary: March 7 (notified April 8)
Narrative: April 4 (notified May 5)
You must be an IFP member to apply to the labs. If you're not a member, you can join here. (All levels of membership make you eligible for the labs.) For more information on how to apply, as well as rules and eligibility requirements, be sure to check out the application info.
- IFP Independent Filmmaker Labs
- Application Info -- Independent Filmmaker Labs
- IFP Membership Application