IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project, not to be confused with our website initials) in NYC offers a unique year-long mentorship program supporting 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.
I’ve attended other IFP programs and have found the mentorship, advice, networking and overall quality of the events to be exceptional. The deadline for the documentary lab has passed, so if you have a narrative feature film in post-production, you definitely should apply.
IFP Narrative Lab Deadline: Friday April 3rd
-Labs are open to first-time feature directors only.
-All, or a majority of principal photography must be complete & editing begun. Post should not be complete.
-Application must include a rough cut of at least 40 minutes which shows the story arc of your film (a rough cut to fine assembly). Trailers are not acceptable.
-IFP Independent Filmmaker Labs are for U.S. projects only.
-The film must be directed by an American, or any director based in the U.S.
-It is not necessary that the film was shot in the U.S. or that an American filmmaker primarily reside in the U.S.
-Projects should be intended for feature length, one hour or longer. Short films are not eligible for the Labs.
-We prefer projects have not already been submitted to festivals; the goals of the program are to help improve the project before this kind of industry exposure.
-Projects should be low-budget – under $1Million, and without distribution in place
-Films can be in any language; if not in English, work must be subtitled.