How it worked for David Soll, Director, Puppet
“What the IFP offers you appears at first to be a crash course in finishing, distribution models, and editorial decision making. But then you arrive [and] realize they aren’t just offering you a ‘crash course,’ but relationships with mentors and editing advisers who are among the finest documentary talents in the business. And then, when you’re starting to think ‘Okay, this week looks pretty good to me,’ they tell you this whole thing isn’t just one week at all. No, it’s actually a YEAR, and will include continued mentoring offering one on one meetings outside the scheduled sessions, phone calls, letters, emails, text messages to help you continue resolving issues and facing down the intimidating landscape of independent film. And THEN, after offering you all this support, they – almost it seems just to mess with your head – they have the nerve to tell you the entire program is free.”
Concussion Director Stacie Passon on going from the Labs to Sundance
“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.”
The Independent Filmmaker Labs
This FREE fellowship is the only program in the world that supports first-time feature filmmakers with projects in post-production when they need it most: through the completion, marketing and distribution of their film.
Applications for this program are curated separately from Independent Film Week and can be found here.