The time of the year has come for aspiring independent filmmakers to give their careers the boost it needs. The IFP's unique year-long mentorship program, which supports directors through some of the most crucial stages of the production process, is now accepting submissions for their Independent Filmmaker Labs.

The program, designed to help filmmakers with the completion, marketing and distribution of their low-budget features (<$1 million), provides them with the technical, creative and strategic tools necessary to launch both their films and their careers through industry support and exposure.

"IFP Narrative Lab was an immersive year-long intensive that helped me focus my energy to what needed to be accomplished with our film," said director Stacie Passon, whose IFP Lab film, "Concussion," went on to Sundance glory. "If you’re lucky enough to be a part of this lab, as we were, it will change your entire perspective of the filmmaking process, the industry and where we all go from here."

The IFP has labs for both narrative and documentary features. The deadline for submissions is March 7, 2014 for documentaries and April 4, 2014 for narrative films.