IFP announced the submission for The Independent Filmmaker Labs-2013 for filmmakers who are at the post-production stage of their creative process but not finished yet their first features. In order to be eligible to apply one needs to be a member of Independent Filmmaker Project and be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. The minimal IFP membership (+subscription to online panels and discussions) costs $35 a year plus application fee is $50.
Each year IFP helps many low-budget features to find their ways to the first audience.
Since its start in 1979 IFP has supported the production of 7,000 films and provided resources to more than 20,000 filmmakers. Every year to the each subcategory (full-length documentary or narrative feature film) 400-450 projects are submitted. It is highly competitive labs but if the film approved, the crew receives full guidance, support and access to resources to present their first features to the world.
From IFP website:
2013 Lab Curriculum
Documentary & Narrative Finishing Lab
(Documentary: May 13-17, 2013 Narrative: June 10-14, 2013)
These initial Lab workshops provide skills for polishing your film with expert-led workshops on:
Editing – strengthening your structure and story
Music – collaborating with a composer, song selection, rights and clearances
Post-Production – tools and budgeting for visual and audio finishing
Legal Issues – navigating contracts and deliverables
Audience Building – How to identify and activate your core fans
Transmedia Tie-Ins – conceiving and implementing story extensions
Film Festivals – evaluating your festival screening opportunities, assessing your representation options, and building your team
Publicity and Marketing – building social networks and creating the assets necessary to promote your film at festivals and beyond
Distribution Models – evaluating models to understand the best option (alternative, DIY or traditional distribution) for your film
Documentary-Specific Topics – reviewing archival footage and fair use
Each participating film is paired with a One-to-One Mentor – an established producer or director who is matched especially to each film based on content and style. These mentors can advise on distribution and finishing, as well as career building.
Some of the previous films that were picked by IFP and accepted to the prestigious film festivals are: Una Noche, Yelling to the Sky, (Berlin Film Festival) Welcome to Pine Hill , Stranger Things (Slamdance), (Blue Caprice, Concussion, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, Pariah, Kinyarwanda (Sundance), Nancy Please; Future Weather, High Tech Low Life, Give Up Tomorrow, Our School (Tribeca) and Habibi, Zero Bridge (Venice Film Festival)
For more info visit: ifp.org