Running January through September, Project Involve offers career-changing opportunities and experiences. Mentorship — Working industry professionals share knowledge and give guidance on craft and career. Conversations — Ten master workshops offer insight on the art and business of filmmaking. Short Films — Fellows are given resources to produce short films that debut at a special premiere event. Events — Fellows attend Film Independent's signature education programs, screenings, networking events and more. Fellowships — Fellows may be selected to receive cash grants from industry sponsors. Learn more about Project Involve Fellowships.
The Screenwriting Lab is a week-long workshop beginning in February, designed to provide individualized story and career development for emerging screenwriters with a fiction feature screenplay. Each Screenwriting Fellow will be paired with a Creative Advisor, with whom they’ll work one-on-one and in group sessions to further develop their project over the course of the program. The Screenwriting Lab also helps to further the careers of its Fellows by introducing them to film industry veterans who can offer guidance on both the craft and business of screenwriting. A variety of guest speakers may screen and discuss their own films and offer career insights, and a final pitch event offers further opportunity for individualized feedback and discussion with industry executives. For more information on the application deadline please visit our applications page. Who Can Apply? The Screenwriting Lab is open to any writer applying with a completed draft of a feature-length project they wish to workshop during the program, with an eye toward production. More details available in the FAQ section below. How to Apply Applicants must submit the following materials for consideration: A cover letter detailing what drew you to apply to the Screenwriting Lab and why this is the right time for you to participate in the program (500 words max) One complete, feature-length screenplay An artist statement explaining the genesis of the story, your creative vision and intentions for the film (750 words max) A look book (optional) A logline (35 words) and synopsis for the film Bios of attached key cast and crew, if any – Attachments are not required for consideration Project status and history, including any relevant development history, awards received or labs and/or markets attended with the project A narrative directing sample, if you plan on directing the film with which you are applying FAQ Screenwriting Lab is for writers only; other collaborators are not invited to participate. Writing partners/teams are welcome to apply and need only submit one application. We are open to filmmakers at any level of experience. International applicants are eligible; the script must be translated into English for consideration. Adaptations are eligible; the applicant must retain rights to the underlying material. At this time, documentary, short film and television projects are not eligible to apply. We will reconsider projects that have previously been submitted, provided the writer(s) can demonstrate progress on the project and/or professional development. Filmmakers may apply to multiple Film Independent Artist Development programs and there is no requirement to have participated in any one program before another. Application Fee FREE for Filmmaker Pro Members (limited to one waived fee per Membership year) $45 for Film Independent Members $65 for non-Members Please note: Each applicant must be the author of the script he/she submits.
Film Independent Fast Track 2020: deadline July 15, 2020 (non-members); July 22, 2020 (members) Every year Film Independent selects up to ten fiction and five non-fiction feature projects to participate in an intensive film finance market that takes place over four days in November. Designed to connect producer-director teams with industry leaders and put projects on the “fast track,” the market consists of meetings with top executives, financiers, agents, managers, distributors, granting organizations and production companies. Participants gain valuable exposure and build vital relationships as they propel their films toward completion. Notable Fast Track projects include the Academy Award and Spirit Award-nominated documentary Minding the Gap; Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award winner Nancy, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival; and the Arts Cinema Award-winning 37 Seconds, which had its world premiere in competition at the 69th Berlinale and its North American premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. Other Fast Track successes include Maxima, United Skates, The Departure, Give Me Liberty, Blow the Man Down and Jinn. Previous industry participants include 30WEST, Fox Searchlight, MACRO, Mandalay Pictures, Netflix, Participant Media, Plan B, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and many others.
The Producing Lab helps further the careers of its Fellows by introducing them to film professionals who can advise them on both the craft and business of independent producing. In addition to attending lab sessions with legal, financial and production experts, each Producing Lab Fellow will be paired with an experienced Creative Advisor with whom they’ll work to develop their project over the course of the program. Taking place during the course of one week in October, the Lab culminates with a pitch session with established executives, offering participants valuable practical experience and the chance to introduce their projects to a larger cross-section of the industry. Producers may apply with feature length narrative projects that are in active development or post-production. Through the Lab, Fellows develop strategies and action plans to bring their projects to fruition. For more information on application deadlines please visit our applications page. Alfred P. Sloan Producers Grant The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will award one participant of the Film Independent Producing Lab the annual Sloan Producers Grant of $30,000 with which to further develop their project. To apply for the Sloan Producers Grant, a filmmaker must apply to the Producing Lab and provide a statement on how the project fulfills the mission of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The applicant must be attached as producer and possess the rights to the script with which they are applying. The screenplay should have a scientific, mathematical and/or technological theme and storyline or have a leading character that is a scientist, engineer or mathematician. At this time, documentaries and science fiction projects are not eligible for the Sloan Producers Grant. About The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation The New York-based Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, founded in 1934, makes grants in science, technology and economic performance. Sloan’s program in Public Understanding of Science and Technology, directed by Doron Weber, supports books, radio, ﬁlm, television, theater and new media to reach a wide, non-specialized audience. Sloan’s Film Program encourages ﬁlmmakers to create more realistic and compelling stories about science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes about scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. Over the past two decades, Sloan has partnered with some of the top ﬁlm schools in the country–including AFI, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, NYU, UCLA and USC plus six new film schools this year –and established annual awards in screenwriting and ﬁlm production, along with an annual best-of-the-best Student Grand Jury Prize administered by the Tribeca Film Institute. The Foundation also supports screenplay development programs with the Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, SFFILM, the Black List, the Athena Film Festival, the North Fork TV Festival, and Film Independent’s Producing Lab and Fast Track program and has helped develop over 25 feature films such as Jessica Oreck’s One Man Dies a Million Times, Michael Tyburski’s The Sound of Silence, Shawn Snyder’s To Dust, Ben Lewin’s The Catcher Was a Spy, Melissa Finell’s Sensitivity Training, Logan Kibens and Sharon Greene’s Operator, Mathew Brown‘s The Man Who Knew Inﬁnity, Michael Almereyda’s Experimenter, Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game, Marni Zelnick’s Druid Peak, Musa Syeed’s Valley of Saints, and Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess. The Foundation’s book program includes support for Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures, adapted into an Oscar-nominated box office hit in 2017. For more information about the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, please visit www.sloan.orgor follow the Foundation at @SloanPublic on Twitter and Facebook. Who Can Apply? The Producing Lab is open to any producer formally attached to a full-length, fiction feature film with a completed script and director in place. Applicants must control the rights to the project with which they apply. Projects do not need financing in place at the time of application. However, each application must demonstrate serious attention to the film’s budget and articulate the reasoning behind the budget level. Producing partners are welcome to apply as teams and need only submit a single application. International applicants are welcome to apply. Documentary, short film, new media and episodic projects are not eligible to apply. How to Apply Applicants must submit the following materials for consideration: A cover letter explaining your interest in the Producing Lab An artist statement detailing why you are attached to produce One complete, feature-length screenplay A logline and synopsis Bios of attached key cast and crew Project status and history Budget top sheet and finance plan Look book (if applicable) Work sample and/or rough cut Application Fee FREE for Filmmaker Pro Members (limited to one waived fee per Membership year) $45 for Film Independent Members $65 for non-Members
Apply to the Screenwriting Lab by August 19 The Screenwriting Lab is a two week-long, intensive workshop designed to provide individualized story and career development for emerging screenwriters with a fiction feature screenplay, which will be held virtually in 2021. Each Screenwriting Fellow is paired with a Creative Advisor, with whom they’ll work one-on-one and in group sessions to further develop their project over the course of the program. Additional guest speakers, including filmmakers and executives, join to round out the programming to help Fellows build foundational knowledge for both their projects and how best to propel their careers forward. The program concludes with a closing pitch presentation and an industry connect event for Fellows to get further feedback and expand their network with Industry Advisors. Recent films supported through the FIlm Independent Screenwriting Lab include HIKARI’s 37 Seconds (seen above), which won the Panorama Audience Award and CICAE Art Cinema Jury Prize at the 2019 Berlinale Film Festival,Ani Simon Kennedy’s A Short History of the Long Road, which premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, receiving a Special Jury Mention for Best Screenplay, Andrew Ahn’s Film Independent Spirit Award-winning debut Spa Night and Chloé Zhao’s Spirit Award-nominated feature debut, Songs My Brothers Taught Me.
RIFF Arts Institute offers two to four Fellowship Programs. One is a 3-6 month program and the other an extensive 8-9 month program. All Fellowships are designed to nurture the Fellow through personalized development and support through participation in intensive individual and group sessions, educational lab experiences, select film, music and event production learning opportunities, and business of arts development programs. Activities may also include mentorship and apprenticeship opportunities with RAI, its colleagues or partners. The Program is designed to refine emerging talents’ creative instincts, further develop strategic communication skills and artistic talents and provide networking and access to industry professionals through RAI’s year-round initiatives. Winter application deadline is October 1, 2020.
This grant augments other resources available to qualified Saskatchewan production companies as they undertake one of 4 different streams of film and tv development. There are four different streams - Pre-Development, First Draft, Final Draft and Slate Development. Apply at https://www.creativesask.ca/filmtvdev Pre-Development Stream assists with costs related to concept-to-outline writing and creation of pitching materials required to present to broadcasters and other financiers First Draft Stream assists with costs related to continuing development (e.g. taking a script treatment to an outline or first draft) of projects that have secured development monies from a eligible source (e.g. broadcaster or distributor) Final Draft Stream assists with costs related to continuing development (e.g. script polish, and pre-production activities) of projects that have secured development monies from an eligible source (e.g. broadcaster or distributor) Slate Development Stream assists with costs related to development of two to five eligible film or television projects with the potential to leverage development financing from other funding agencies and the private sector
The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund accepts submissions via two open calls per year, with decisions being made in the summer and winter. The deadline for our Summer 2021 grant cycle is Monday, February 8 at 4:30 p.m. MST. Click here for the application. The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund supports the work of nonfiction filmmakers from around the globe. In a changing media landscape, the fund has been a stable, progressive force in supporting work that has expressed the world in creative, complex, beautiful, and provocative ways, and has created real cultural and social impact around some of the most pressing issues of our time. We are proud to sit at the center of this burgeoning creative field with the Documentary Fund, which offers (non-recoupable) support for nonfiction projects that continue to elevate and advance cultural dialogue and break new ground in creativity and innovation. In its ongoing search for artists and projects to support, the Documentary Fund is seeking filmmakers with a distinct voice and vision, and a meaningful connection to the work they create. We are especially keen to raise the voices of underserved or underrepresented communities from around the world in the service of building a more fair, free, and open society.
2021 CANNES CINÉFONDATION PRESELECTION CONDITIONS ELIGIBILITY Unless a special dispensation is granted, a film must comply with the following conditions in order to be submitted: have been directed by a student within his/her film school curriculum; have been made during the 18 months preceding the Festival; have not been presented at major international festivals. However a film can have been shown at a festival in its country of origin; not exceed 60 minutes in running-time. Please fill in the application form and upload your film online for 15th February 2021 at the latest. Note! Films made at Junior secondary school or High school level are not accepted for selection in this section of the Festival, only films produced in the context of a Film school or Film studies department of a University are eligible. Documentaries are not accepted. It is possible to send a working copy of the film. When filling in the entry form, please state if it is the final version or a working version. Submission of a working copy does not allow for later submission of a final copy unless requested by the Cinéfondation; Films from film schools have to be registered with the Cinéfondation Selection and cannot be registered for the Short Film Competition. Short films (from 1 to 35 min) can also be registered in the Short Film Corner: a meeting place dedicated to short films within the Festival de Cannes. For More Information click here.
Designed to support writers with original long-form episodic projects, Film Independent’s Episodic Lab will accept a diverse group of 6–8 writers or writing teams and provide them with critical support and mentorship. Through personalized feedback from experienced showrunners, creative producers and executives, Fellows will gain the tools to revise and refine their pilots and navigate a changing industry landscape. The Episodic Lab helps to further the careers of its Fellows by introducing them to industry veterans who can offer guidance on both the craft and business of writing episodic content. Each Fellow will be paired with a Creative Advisor with whom they’ll work one-on-one and in group sessions to develop their project during the month of July. Additionally, guest speakers will screen and discuss their own work to offer insights into the creative process and industry best practices. A final networking and pitch event will offer Fellows the opportunity to introduce themselves and their work to studio and network executives. Non-member deadline: February 12, 2021 Film Independent member extended deadline: March 3, 2021 https://www.filmindependent.org/programs/artist-development/episodic-lab/
Application The application for the 2021 Feature Film Creative Producing Lab and Fellowship is currently open and accepting submissions until February 18, 2021 at 6:00pm Pacific Time. Click here to apply. Dates Lab: July 26 - 29, 2021 Summit: July 30 - August 1, 2021 Size of Fellowship Five projects Location TBD Eligibility Candidates must have produced at least one short or feature-length fiction or nonfiction film, but no more than two fiction features total as lead creative producer. This does not include co-, associate, or executive producer credits. Candidates must have a completed, scripted, fiction feature project in hand with a director attached to the project. Candidates must have the legal right (by way of ownership or option or attachment agreement) to produce the script. Candidates may not be the writer or director of the submitted project. Candidates must live in the United States, though the project may be filmed internationally. Description The year-long program is designed to nurture emerging producers with project-specific support through the Creative Producing Lab and Creative Producing Summit, a grant to support the producer and the project, year-round mentorship from a dedicated industry mentor, and ongoing support from Sundance Institute staff. The program is designed to hone emerging producers’ creative instincts and evolve their communicating and problem-solving skills at all stages of their next feature film project. Giving Back Should you be selected to participate in the Creative Producing Fellowship, you will be asked to continue the spirit of giving back. Since securing funding for the Institute's programs is a consistent challenge, we request that lab alumni whose projects are produced contribute to the Institute's work to support new generations of emerging filmmakers. Projects supported by the Creative Producing Fellowship agree to sign an agreement stipulating that (a) they will make a contribution to Sundance Institute of 0.25% of their production budget calculated after the first $1 million (e.g., if your film is produced for $1.2 million, the fee due to the Institute would be $500). (This number may increase to 0.5 or 0.75% through the project's participation in the Screenwriters Lab, Directors Lab and/or Institute-affiliated grant support exceeding $10,000), (b) Sundance Institute will receive 1% of 100% of the film’s net receipts, and (c) Sundance Institute will receive a credit line and logo placement in the film’s end titles,“This film was supported by the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program Creative Producing Fellowship." Any revenue that is designated to Sundance Institute is allocated to the Feature Film Program and is used on an annual basis to provide critical support for the labs. Your ability to give back really makes a difference.
Application The application for the 2021 Documentary Creative Producing Lab and Fellowship is currently open and accepting applications until February 18, 2021 at 3pm Pacific Time. APPLY HERE Dates Lab: July 26–29, 2021 Summit: July 30-August 1, 2021 Size of Fellowship Five Producers Location TBD Eligibility Candidates are required to have produced or co-produced at least one documentary short (experience as an executive producer only does not qualify). Candidates must be lead producer on the project they are applying with. Candidates may not be the director of the submitted project. Candidates must be in production / post-production on the project. Candidates must live in the United States, though the project may be filmed internationally. Candidates must be available for the entirety of the lab and Summit. Costs There is no cost to participate in this lab. Description and Format The Documentary Film Program’s Creative Producing Lab and Fellowship is a yearlong program designed to nurture emerging producers with project-specific support through the Creative Producing Lab, and Creative Producing Summit attendance, year-round mentorship from industry mentors, and ongoing support from Sundance Institute staff. The program is designed to hone emerging producers' creative instincts and evolve their communication and problem-solving skills at all stages of their next feature film project. Deliverables Fellows are required to acknowledge Sundance Institute and the Creative Producing Initiative support partners, to provide reporting at the close of the fellowship year, and to participate in possible blogs, interviews, and panels. Fellows should be willing to give back to the Sundance Institute creative community through willingness to coach, advise, or mentor future fellows from Sundance Institute. Accepted fellows also must provide a current producer’s agreement or memo of understanding for the project they have applied with. NOTE: Only one application should be submitted per project. We will consider only the lead producer on the submitted project. If there are additional producers, they must also be disclosed on the application. Additional producers are welcome to select events but do not receive the full benefits of Lab participation. To be eligible to apply, you may not have any role on the project other than producer or co-producer.