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IFP’s First-Time Director Program Filmmaker Labs Now Accepting Submissions

IFP's First-Time Director Program Filmmaker Labs Now Accepting Submissions

IFP’s Filmmaker Labs, a mentorship program for first-time directors, is seeking feature film submissions in post-production (anywhere from rough assembly through fine cut) for this year’s program. 

The Independent Filmmaker Labs aims to support filmmakers in navigating how to build an audience and stand out in the crowded marketplace of independent film distribution. The program follows the film through the completion of its editing and marketing through three week-long components over the course of one year, offering personalized attention otherwise unavailable to debut directors.

Over its three year history, they have overseen projects that have received distribution deals from companies such as Focus Features, The Weinstein Company, Oscilloscope, BBC, PBS, and HBO, in addition to premieres at Toronto, Sundance, Berlin, Venice, and SXSW, including films such as 2011’s Sundance hit “Pariah.”

This year’s deadlines are March 8 for Documentary Labs and April 5 for Narrative Labs. Filmmakers interested in participating in these year’s lab can visit their official website here for additional information on the submission process. 

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Damiano Fusca

I am a filmmaker with a feature and 4 short film projects completed. My first feature film DEFERENCE received a Silver Ace Award at the 2012 Las Vegas Film Festival. I have 9 years experience as a Production Assistant in Los Angeles and New York. I am also in I.A.T.S.E. local 80 in LA for Grips and I have been working as a permit in local 52 in NY.

I am currently in Post Production of my latest short film project 'The Gate Agent'. The trailer can be seen at as well as my work as a Director and Editor.


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