Applications for the 2016 Screen Forward Labs are now closed!
The Screen Forward Labs took place from April 18th – April 22nd at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP in Brooklyn, New York.
The Labs are presented with the generous support of the
Who Can Apply
*Innovative creators with story-driven, serialized projects created on all platforms and formats including, but not limited to, web series, VR, or app-based work (Vine, Instagram, Snapchat, etc)
*All projects must have at minimum a representative visual sample (a completed episode, demo, excerpt) already in place and cannot have launched publicly. (If a trailer/one episode/video sample/portion of your project was released publicly – these submissions will be considered on a case by case basis.)
*Web projects in early development (script/pitch stage only) are not eligible for the Labs.
*All project creators must be U.S.-based, meaning either U.S. citizens and/or living and working in the U.S.
About the Program
IFP’s Screen Forward Labs is a yearlong program and incubator for the creators of serialized projects that push storytelling forward. Inspired by the Independent Filmmaker Labs that focuses on helping directors complete, market and introduce audiences to cutting edge first-features, the Screen Forward Labs will support innovative media creators with $10,000 worth of services and support. An intensive week-long Lab will provide participants with the knowledge, resources, and mentor support necessary for developing strong pitches, securing financing, creating marketing strategies and finding unique avenues for the distribution of their work.
A free six-month residency at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP as well as individualized access to classes, workshops and support from industry and creative mentors will follow. The Lab will culminate with all projects presenting and pitching to investors, digital distributors, network executives, tech companies, and partners at Screen Forward Newfronts.
2015 Advisors and Program Mentors included Ingrid Jungermann (The Slope and F to 7th), Michael Gottwald (High Maintenance and Beasts of the Southern Wild), as well as industry leaders Saschka Unseld (Oculus Story Studio) and Jennifer MacArthur (Borderline Media).