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 all 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 Stacie Passon‘s Concussion (RADiUS-TWC), 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), Lucy Mulloy‘s Una Noche (Sundance Selects), 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).
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Time Warner Foundation Completion Lab: Documentary: May 12-16, 2014; Narrative: June 9-13, 2014
Independent Film Week & Marketing Lab: September, 2014
Distribution Lab: December, 2014
“IFP Narrative Lab was an immersive year long intensive that helped me focus my energy to what need to be accomplished with our film. It gave my team invaluable access to industry and thought leaders. It was inventive, cautionary, insightful and inspiring. If you’re lucky enough to be a part of this lab, as we were, it will change your entire perspective of the filmmaking process, the industry and where we all go from here.” – Stacie Passon (Dir. Concussion)
“After years of working on my film, I was fortunate to be selected to the IFP Lab. Using a healthy dose of enlightened cynicism, Lab leaders, staff and guest speakers pushed me to confront difficult questions of audience, distribution and outreach–questions which I had avoided by relying on vague and idealistic notions of the film world. In other words, IFP has helped me put my film in its proper perspective by giving me the tools to draft a road-map for success.” – Rodrigo Reyes (Dir. Purgatorio)