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Development

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Inside Pictures
Developers Lab

The programme is for executives and producers from both the film and TV industries and is designed to develop the practical knowledge, skills and high-level contacts needed to lead successful businesses.

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Frontieres 
 

Frontières connect genre filmmakers with industry professionals and promote co-production and collaboration with Canada & Europe.  3 annual events: International Co-Production Market for projects in development & early financing); the  Finance & Packaging Forum (for projects at the midway point in financing); and Platform at the Marché du Film (for projects in advanced financing & post-production).

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TIFF - Filmmaker Lab
 

TIFF Filmmaker Lab is a talent development programme that takes place during the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Each year, 20 Canadian and international directors receive an exceptional professional development experience, and an introduction to the global community of filmmaking. 

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Grierson DocLab
 

UK-based people aged 18-25 have until 5pm on Friday, 24 February 2023 to apply for this prestigious training programme. Grierson DocLab, with support from The Rank Foundation, aims to help people without connections to the factual TV and documentary industry take their first steps into securing the work experience and networks to succeed in the sector..

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Pillars Fellowship
 

The Pillars Artist Fellowship—created by Pillars in partnership with Riz Ahmed and Left Handed Films—champions and mentors Muslim directors and writers whose presence behind the screen will be game-changing for the film and television industries. In addition to an unrestricted award of $25,000, each fellow will receive mentorship from industry experts on how to navigate the business of Hollywood

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Producers on the move

Each year, 20 promising, up-and-coming producers from throughout Europe are selected. The initiative is aimed at connecting young, enterprising European producers with potential co-production partners, strengthening their industry networks and, at the same time, providing a solid and visible platform for this next generation of European filmmakers. 

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Cinefondation
 

The La Cinef school film selection, the Caméra d’or Prize for best first feature film, the Short Film Competition: each year, the Festival scours the international film production for the talents of tomorrow. This demanding prospecting acts as an accelerator of notoriety and renews the horizon of the cinema.

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When East Meets West
 

WEMW 2023 will be more than a co-production platform, it will become a special ecosystem designed to combine market, training, policy making, strategy, dialogue, inspiration, and where every participant should be able “to find a possible way”. WEMW 2023 will offer a wide range of initiatives catered to all of the industry needs:

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Locamo Open Door Lab

A tailor-made training workshop focusing on the role of the creative producer, providing tools and know-how to approach the international market.

 

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Focal

FOCAL organises further training and practice-based courses for film and audiovisual professionals in Switzerland and Europe. The seminars, workshops and discussion panels provide participants with the necessary knowledge and know-how, offer them a space for practising new working methods and promote exchange and networking among professionals.

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DokIncubator
 

There are many good films, but only few of them become excellent and memorable. What makes the difference? Since 2010, dok.incubator, an international documentary rough-cut workshop helps filmmakers turn good films into exceptional ones.

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Emerging Producers/Ji.hlava 

EMERGING PRODUCERS is an industry flagship project of the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival and the only one of its kind designed for documentary film producers in Europe.

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Writers Lab
 

During the intensives, mentors and writers engage in a rigorous process of script development through one-on-one meetings, panel discussions, peer workshops, and mock writers rooms. Alumna then focus on the industry for up to 6 months to boIster market potential. Interactions are designed to prompt creative exploration; to cultivate first-rate cinematic stories; and to ready the projects for market.

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Eave

Founded in 1988, our objectives are to provide professional training opportunities and to bring producers from different regions of the world together with the aim of facilitating co-production relationships. We believe that the support of independent voices, creative imagination and culturally driven companies within the global media industries is an urgent necessity in the 21st century. 

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Biennale College Cinema

Biennale College Cinema is the higher education workshop of La Biennale di Venezia, created for emerging filmmakers to develop and produce microbudget feature-length films that will be presented at the Venice International Film Festival. Overall, since 2012, the workshop has awarded the Biennale grants to produce 34 feature-length films (costing no more than 200 thousand euro each.

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OKRE Development Fund

OKRE's venture arm, providing financial support to early-stage imaginative and collaborative entertainment projects. OKRE funded projects currently in development include dramas, comedies and games.

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Flex - Development
 

A space for the best of the UK’s emerging creative talent to form agile storytelling partnerships. We are looking for writers, directors and producers to create strongly authored narratives that will continue to build Yorkshire and the Humber as a place of dynamic, authentic and fluid storytelling.

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Torino Film Lab
 

€ 50,000 co-production grant combined with a series of tailor-made consultancies with experts in various fields of filmmaking.
 

TARGET: Open to feature films (fiction, creative documentaries, animation, over 60 minutes) in advanced development stage. 

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Cinema De Demain
Writers Residence

12 foreign directors are welcomed at the Paris writing residence to work on their 1st or 2nd feature film.

Over the four and a half months of their stay at the Residence, every filmmaker is accompanied in the development of his or her script, and advised in the transition to production. The programme also includes a series of collective forums with industry professionals.

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Producers on the move

We run two flagship programmes – TalentLab XR and B3 Origin. We also develop, co-create and support projects with other artists and organizations from exhibitions, short films, digital and multi-platform storytelling art projects, to live art projects and more.

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Rotterdam Lab
 

Rotterdam Lab is a training workshop for producers at the start of their career, with the aim of offering emerging international professionals the means to build and develop their network. Providing confidence and skills to navigate the world of international film financing, sales and distribution, Rotterdam Lab annually hosts more than 70 producers from across the world during the IFFR Pro Days.

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Lesarcs Film Fest Talent Village
 

The Talent Village aims at encouraging the rise of a new generation of daring and ambitious Film Directors, as well as accompanying them in the journey of their first feature film.

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Full Circle Lab

Designed by Tatino Films, Full Circle Lab is a comprehensive set of programs answering the specific needs of a given film industry.

 

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Le Groupe Ouest

Supporting writing for film and series, exploring new approaches to facilitate the construction of stories, to help writers find a personal approach, to produce narrative with meaning: a blueprint for a powerful film Supporting writing for film and series, exploring new approaches to facilitate the construction of stories, to help writers find a personal approach, to produce narrative with meaning: a blueprint for a powerful film 

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Circle Woman Doc Accelerator

CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator is an exclusive annual training program, open to up to 10 women-identifying directors and producers each year. They come to CIRCLE to develop documentary projects with strong international appeal in various stages of the filmmaking process (from development to rough cut).

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CPH:FORUM
 

At CPH:FORUM, top producers and highly acknowledged directors from all over the world take the stage to pitch 30 carefully selected projects of documentary features and series in the intersection of non-fiction, fiction, visual art, journalism and science. Besides project presentations, CPH:FORUM offers pitch preparation and highly tailored one-to-one meetings.

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Chicken and Egg Pictures

Chicken & Egg Pictures supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change. We envision an inclusive media industry in which women and non-binary filmmakers, representing a range of experiences and backgrounds, are fully supported to realize their artistic goals, and build fulfilling careers in the documentary film industry.

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Ace Producers

ACE Producers provides top quality executive education in European creative producing and entrepreneurialism. ACE Producers is strong through the unique combination of high-quality personnel and training, integrity, deep connectivity, commitment to sharing and learning, and collegial membership of the network.

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Next Step
 

Next Step is a week-long workshop held in France in December. During the workshop, the filmmakers have the opportunity to discuss their projects with international experts and tutors so that they may be advised on their scripts, to understand the reality of the industry and define the right development strategy. 

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Sundance
 

The Sundance Documentary Film Program supports nonfiction filmmakers worldwide in the production of cinematic documentaries on contemporary themes. 

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New Cinema Days: Open Call

 

The Lab will be a catalyst for new digital cultures and technologies for innovative, live, virtual and immersive cinema production. This funded programme will offer editorial support, technical facilitation and industry connection for three teams of new cinema projects in development or early production.

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Jed Mecurio Mentoring
 

Jed Mercurio is launching a new mentorship programme for budding writers in the UK. He hopes it will give more opportunities to those who live outside of London and are from low-income backgrounds or are underrepresented in the UK’s TV industry. 

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(Egg)celerator Lab
 

The (Egg)celerator Lab is focused on identifying and supporting nonfiction directors working on their first or second feature-length documentary. This program brings together ten projects, with a special focus on stories by self-identifying women and gender nonconforming directors.

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Berlinale Talents
 

Berlinale Talents is aimed at emerging film actors, audience designers (i.e. curators, cinema or festival makers), composers, cinematographers, directors, distributors, editors, film critics, producers, production designers, sales agents, screenwriters, sound designers and, new for 2023, digital set designers with an existing portfolio of work. 

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Cinemart
 

CineMart is IFFR Pro's co-production market, where a carefully curated lineup of projects in development are presented to international industry representatives. Bold independent feature film projects are launched onto the market, along with select immersive media (XR) projects. Together they receive vital mentorship and networking opportunities

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Red Sea Festival Labs
 

The Red-sea Labs announced today the selection of 12 projects, from new and exciting voices from Saudi Arabia and the wider Arab and African region, which have been selected for the Red Sea Lodge, a development program in collaboration with the TorinoFilmLab and sponsored by Film AlUla. The Lodge is an intensive ten-month mentorship program, aimed at the next generation of emerging filmmakers to help turn their project ideas into a reality.

 

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First Cut Lab

First Cut Lab is a comprehensive training & consultancy programme supporting audiovisual professionals in Europe and worldwide, and their feature films at the editing stage. Created in 2015, First Cut Lab is run by Tatino Films – a company that also initiated the Full Circle Lab and the Pop Up Film Residency.

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International Documentary Forum Film Festival

Within IDFA's Filmmaker Support department, IDFAcademy organizes year-round training programs for emerging filmmakers with the aim of stimulating new talent and high-level documentary production. IDFA Project Space and IDFAcademy during IDFA are geared towards international participants, while the IDFA Project Space NL is open to Dutch-speaking participants.

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Euro Doc
 

Founded in 1999, EURODOC is an international, selective, in-depth, and intensive training program in creative documentary development and production, boasting a 23-year-long history and community. 

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Sheffield Doc Fest

The MeetMarket is one of the world’s largest documentary and factual markets and pitching forums. Selected projects will have the opportunity to meet with international industry representatives among 200+ international funders, broadcasters, distributors, festival programmers and exhibitors. 

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Sunny Side of The Doc

 

Through year-round activities and a landmark international event, we provide a unique space for industry professionals to co-create, co-finance and share a diversity of compelling stories with the world. We are committed to fostering the emergence of new talent, encouraging international co-productions and enhancing the distribution of powerful documentaries and immersive stories across the globe.

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