Capital Cinema Cultural Exchange (CCCE), a not-for-profit hosts the 4th annual Northeast Filmmakers lab & screenings designed by and for filmmakers. Modeled after Rotterdam, the intimate setting is supportive, friendly and offers direct one-on-one access to veteran filmmakers, producers, casting directors, entertainment attorneys, and budgeting experts. Meaningful industry panel discussions and screenings encourage audience participation in vibrant dialogue about the creative and business aspects of motion pictures. Two main goals: (1) help filmmakers complete their works-in-progress and (2) reach as wide an audience as possible.

Past discussions include practical topics by Seed n Spark: “Crowd Funding: Alternate Strategies to Crowd Building & Marketing,” “Casting to Make Your Movie Travel,” and “Film Financing & Distribution,” plus many other need-to-know topics in today's changing distribution landscape.

CCCE also accepts completed shorts, features and documentaries for public screening during the four day lab. In 2015, three comedic shorts were discovered by Asbury Shorts Film Concert and distributed to audiences across the US. Evening screenings are preceded by industry mixers.

If your project is not selected for the lab or screening, you receive a "Smart Pass" which provides you access to industry panels, mixers, screenings and one-on-one consultations in the industry lounge.

If accepted into the lab or screening, host families can house you. U.S. and international lab participants traveling from afar will receive a travel stipend. Some meals are provided for filmmakers and lab participants. You won't find a less expensive, smart or friendlier deal in the US for a four day conference.

Our aim is to help 1st and 2nd time filmmakers advance your next project toward completion. In our first three years, some lab participants went on to complete their projects, screen in dozens of film festivals, air on television, receive offers to be optioned, or enter production. We're serious about helping you understand the creative business of film making such that you might complete your next project. Give the challenges that face all filmmakers, that's the highest prize we can offer!

CCCE prides itself on inclusion. We don't host parties you cannot attend. First, you must complete the on-line application in order to be considered. If accepted as one of a small handful of projects, you must attend all industry panel discussions and scheduled activities. Up to two participants per project may attend on behalf of the project.

Our basic requirement: filmmakers must recognize CCCE in your project's closing credits, "This project was made possible in part by (insert CCCE Logo).

If your project is not selected for the lab, we encourage you to still participate as an industry guest in all the public panel discussions, industry mixers, movie screenings and access to the filmmakers lounge for one-on-one consultations with industry guests.

Projects further in development may be the focus of the lab, however, projects in all stages of development are considered for the lab.

Overall Rating
  • Jon Ayon

    The Northeast Filmmakers lab is a very local group of filmmakers working hard to help each other in the completion of their projects. It is wonderful to know that even though the group is mostly local they invite filmmakers from all over to participate in the festival and workshop. Albany and Schenectady are wonderful places to visit and the Lab founders are super accommodating and hospitable. I felt super appreciated and respected. Thank you to CCCE and all the filmmakers who participated in the 4th edition of the labs.

    January 2018
  • Anthony Schubert

    I felt very lucky to be a part of this film lab. The festival staff and attendees were all very nurturing and hospitable. The industry talks were in depth, honest and informative. I learned so much about the creative process as well as how to budget and market a film. In addition, the atmosphere of the lab encouraged a lot of one on one interaction and really allowed time to get to know most of the attendees. The weekend was capped off with a screening of shorts in a fantastic setting that allowed time for question and answer with a supportive and inquisitive audience.

    On top of all that, the travel stipend and lodging assistance made it possible for me to travel across the country to attend. I would recommend this film lab to anyone working in short or long form film production.

    November 2017
  • Thomas Henderson

    Another Excellent Film Lab! Mike Camoin and his dedicated staff have done it again. If you are a beginning filmmaker or an experienced filmmaker looking for feedback and networking, this is for you. I could never have finished my film, "Ice Eagles," without the knowledge that I gained from the Lab. Unlike festivals, there is no competition in the Lab, only support. I will, in turn, support future Labs to allow this terrific resource to continue to flourish. Tom Henderson

    November 2017
  • Michael Turner

    I entered my short documentary into the film festival, and I had a great time. There were some excellent films that screened, and some great panels. I took away quite a few nuggets of wisdom, that I will use in my business and my future films. I was very happy to be a part of this.

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Michael, the Northeast Filmmakers Lab is proud to support you and your upcoming projects! Really pleased that talented filmmakers like yourself were part of this year's lab and screenings. Look for announcements for the return in 2018!

  • Josiah Cuneo

    The best $15 dollars I spent on my film was applying to this festival. The director Mike Camoin is a filmmaker himself, so he designed a four day lab around what a filmmaker needs most. Not only did I screen my films in one of the most beautiful theaters imaginable, with an unbelievably large screen, I spent three days attending workshops with people who are all currently working in every level of the film industry including film distribution, editing, marketing, script writing, directing, budgeting, producing, and legal counseling. On top of that, the vibe of the people there was awesome. Everyone involved was 100% there to listen, support and nurture the filmmakers that were participating. The whole event consisted of just enough people that by the end of the weekend I had a chance to meet and talk with most of them.

    The experience was really unique, and is something between a filmmaking conference, a lab, and a traditional film screening, with an emphasis on professional feedback and building knowledge of the industry. In between workshops there were organized one-on-one meetings where I met with a professional editor. She was able to give me answers to super specific and technical workflow questions that came from a years of experience. I met with two leading film distributors who were completely transparent about how their process works, and shared the myriad of techniques they use when marketing a film. I also attended workshops and met with directors who have made dozens of films, and the insight I gained on budgeting alone made the trip worth it.

    Plus, there was really good food provided through the weekend, and after meeting with all these incredibly knowledgeable people about my work, we ended the weekend with a screening and Q&A of my films. The feedback was so much more valuable because not only did everyone in the audience have this rich history of professional experience, but they also knew a lot about what I was looking to achieve, and the direction I am heading.

    If you want an excuse to spend four days totally immersed in all aspects of filmmaking, surrounded by a small supportive group of people who know what is happening right now in the film industry, then this is as good as it gets.

    November 2017