IFP’s unique yearlong 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. Through the Labs, IFP works to ensure that talented emerging voices receive the support, resources, and industry exposure necessary to reach audiences. Open to first-time feature documentary and narrative directors with films in post-production. Twenty projects (10 documentaries and 10 narratives) are selected for the annual program which has three components: the Time Warner Completion Lab in the spring, the Marketing Lab in September, and the Distribution Lab in December. All Lab projects also automatically participate in the Project Forum of IFP’s Independent Film Week.
Lab alumni projects include Darius Clark Monroe’s Evolution of a Criminal (Independent Lens), David Thorpe’s Do I Sound Gay? (Sundance Selects) Aron Gaudet & Gita Pullapilly’s Beneath the Harvest Sky (Tribeca Film), Stacie Passon’s Concussion (RADiUS), Alexandre Moors’ Blue Caprice (Sundance Selects), Penny Lane’s Our Nixon (CNN Films and Cinedigm), Daniel Patrick Carbone’s Hide Your Smiling Faces (Tribeca Film), Lotfy Nathan’s 12 O’Clock Boys (Oscilloscope), Omar Mullick & Bassam Tariq’s These Birds Walk (Oscilloscope), Dee Rees’ Pariah (Focus Features), and Terence Nance’s An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (Variance Films).
Upcoming deadlines for the 2015 Labs are March 6 (Documentary) and April 3 (Narrative).
For more information and to apply, click here.