“The Rotterdam Producer’s Lab was without question a game changer for me. IFP gave me the incredible opportunity to meet fellow producers from around the world, learn more about the European financing system than I could have ever hoped and spend a week taking advantage of one of the premiere film festivals in the world. It’s the rare program that truly delivers on its serious promise. I would highly recommend any aspiring producer taking the time out of their year to apply to the program and make the trip to Rotterdam and take part in this world class lab.”
— DAVID KAPLAN, PRODUCER (Obvious Child, Short Term 12 and Drinking Buddies)
Applications are now closed for the 2015 Rotterdam Lab.
Through its twenty year partnership with CineMart, IFP annually selects two producers to participate in the Rotterdam Lab, which runs concurrently with the CineMart co-production market, January 24-28, 2015. The Fellowship is open to American producers with at least one narrative feature producing credit that are current IFP Members at the individual level.
The Rotterdam Lab, a five-day training workshop for producers, is designed to build up their international network and experience. It is an initiative of the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s CineMart in cooperation with its international partnering organizations. The Rotterdam Lab consists of panel discussions illustrating the process by which a project in need of financing is completed and brought to its audience, as well as speed dating sessions in which selected producers meet with industry delegates in person and receive advice about their own projects. In addition, Rotterdam Lab producers participate in all other aspects of CineMart, including networking lunches, cocktails, and other panels.
IFP’s recent Rotterdam Lab participants have included: David Kaplan (Obvious Child), Jessica Caldwell (Electrick Children), Andrea Roa (Drinking Buddies), Nick Case (Pilgrim Song), Matthew Parker (Higher Ground), Adele Romanski (The Myth of the American Sleepover), Jason Orans (Night Catches Us), Nekisa Cooper (Pariah), Alicia Van Couvering (Tiny Furniture), Anish Savjani (Meek’s Cutoff), and Mynette Louie (Children of Invention).
For selected producers, IFP covers the cost of accreditation and hotel accommodations; producers must cover their own airfare and additional expenses.
To apply for this fellowship, please send your resume and a one-page letter of inquiry stating relevant producing experience, as well as why you are uniquely qualified to receive this fellowship to IFP Producer & Program Manager Zach Mandinach (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday, November 14. The IFP fellowship is only for American producers (any US-based producer, or Americans living abroad. All applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by Wednesday, November 19.