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Posted: 3/19/2024

Documentary Labs

Through a series of meetings and workshops, the Documentary Story Lab and Documentary Producing Lab advance the careers of nonfiction filmmakers by introducing them to film professionals who provide advice and expertise on both the craft and business of documentary filmmaking.

Taking place in the spring, the Documentary Story Lab helps directors craft the best story possible for their documentary film. Over the period of one week, participants attend multiple workshops and sessions with guest speakers, established documentary directors, institutional funders, legal professionals, festival programmers and distributors. Fellows are paired with an experienced Creative Advisor and Editing Advisor who provide one-on-one support. The Lab culminates in a final pitch event that offers further opportunity for individualized feedback and discussion with industry executives.

The Documentary Producing Lab, held during the Fall, is designed for producers working in the nonfiction space. For one week, Fellows participate in workshops designed to help them navigate the ever-changing documentary landscape, with a focus on financing, finishing and distributing their films. Fellows will meet one-on-one with institutional funders, legal professionals, festival programmers and distributors, in addition to being paired with creative and distribution consultants. The Lab also includes multiple case studies with notable nonfiction producers, and concludes with a networking day with industry professionals.

Documentary Story Lab 2024

Applications Open: October 16, 2023
Non-Member Deadline: January 15, 2024
Film Independent Member Extended Deadline: January 29, 2024

Documentary Producing Lab 2024

Applications Open: April 29, 2024
Non-Member Deadline: June 24, 2024
Film Independent Member Extended Deadline: July 8, 2024

Eligibility Requirements

The Film Independent Documentary Labs accept applications for nonfiction films that are in late production or post-production. Projects in the research and/or development phase are not eligible.

Film Independent is looking for talented filmmakers with documentary projects that are compelling, original and demonstrate a unique vision.


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