Category Archives: Labs and Fellowships

APPLY: IFP Labs Support Feature Debuts In Post-Production


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Deadline: Documentary – March 7; Narrative – April 4

“IFP’s unique year-long 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.

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So What’s The Deal With…Applying for Filmmaker Workshops?


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Writer/director Erin Li (Photo: Randy Blohm)

I first met Erin Li when both of our films screened at Urbanworld Film Festival in 2011. Her intriguing short “L.A. Coffin School” and vibrant passion for filmmaking convinced me she was definitely one to watch. I recently reached out to Erin because I wanted to pick her brain about her successful experience with filmmaker workshops. As a 2012 Film Independent Project Involve Fellow she directed and co-wrote  “To The Bone”, which played at LA Film Festival and Slamdance. “To The Bone” was chosen as a Vimeo Staff Pick and recently featured on Upworthy. She’s now in post-production on “Kepler X-47” as part of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women. You can also catch her on Twitter at @MsErinLi. A big thank you again to Erin for sharing her insight! — Christina B.

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APPLY: Sundance/A3 Foundation Feature Film Fellowship


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Deadline: September 6

Website: http://www.sundance.org/programs/a3-fellowship/

“The A3 (Asian American Artists) Foundation Fellowship is part of the Feature Film Program Screenwriters and Directors Labs. This Fellowship aims to support Asian American writers (or writer-directors) through the development of their feature screenplay, as well as screenplay content that is Asian American themed.
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APPLY: San Francisco Film Society wants to help you make the next “Fruitvale Station” (by 8/14)


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Late Deadline: August 14 (4:59pm PST)
Application Fee: $45
Website: http://www.sffs.org/Filmmaker360/Grants/sffskrf-filmmaking-grant.aspx

“The SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants support feature narrative films that through plot, character, theme or setting explore human and civil rights, antidiscrimination, gender and sexual identity and other social issues of our time. This is NOT a documentary grant.

The SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant provides tangible encouragement and support to meaningful projects nationally that benefit and uplift the Bay Area filmmaking community in a professional and economic capacity. In addition to the cash grant, recipients receive various benefits through the Film Society’s comprehensive and dynamic filmmaker services programs.”

Past Winners: FRUITVALE STATION, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, SHORT TERM 12

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