The Northeast Filmmakers Lab 6th edition is designed by and for filmmakers. If there's one word that describes us, its "relationship," if it's two words, then it's "break-through."
Modeled after Rotterdam, our intimate setting is designed to be supportive, friendly and offer direct one-on-one access to veteran filmmakers, producers, entertainment attorneys, noted actors, casting directors, budgeting experts, marketing strategists and more. Meaningful industry panel discussions encourage audience participation in open dialogue about the creative and business aspects of filmmaking. Whatever the project, we have two main goals: (1) help filmmakers complete their works-in-progress and (2) reach as wide an audience as possible.

Capital Cinema Cultural Exchange, Inc (CCCE), a not-for-profit, hosts the Northeast Filmmakers Lab 6th edition November 1-3 2019. Day One: in a small group setting, lab participants will present projects and meet industry mentors, network with fellow industry filmmakers. Day Two: lab participants will meet one-on-one with 8-10 industry mentors, attend Film Talks, mixers, screenings and network in the Filmmakers Lounge.

Past breakout sessions include one on one with actor Stephen Lang (Avatar), discussions hosted by Passion River film distributors on Social media; 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 rapidly changing media landscape.

We welcome SHORTS, DOCUMENTARIES and FEATURE FILMS and other projects in various stages of development.

If accepted, lab participants will be housed by host families. U.S. and international lab participants traveling from afar will receive a travel stipend (tbd). Some meals are provided. You won't find a less expensive, smart or friendlier setting. Even if your project is not selected for the lab, just for applying, you will receive a "Smart Pass" which provides you access to intimate project presentations, Film Talks, screenings and the industry lounge.

Our aim is to help filmmakers of all ages advance your next project toward completion. In our first five years, 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 filmmaking such that you might avoid costly mistakes and complete your next project.

Prizes are the connections you will make. For example, you'll meet the director of the Electric City Screenwriter's Contest which offers cash prizes to winning entries. Anyone participating in NEFL gets to apply free.

The world is waiting for your story, yet challenges face most filmmakers. The unique connections and long-term relationships you develop here make the value of this professional lab well over $2,000. What you gain is "access" and leave with relationships you'll want to keep. Many of our filmmakers return to develop their next project and help other filmmakers using our successful lab model.

The Northeast Filmmakers Lab prides itself on inclusion. We don't host parties you cannot attend. First, you must complete the on-line application. Up to six (6) new projects will join past lab participants. Lab fellows must attend all industry scheduled activities and commit to monthly follow-up conference calls with industry mentors (30 minutes per month). Up to two participants per project may attend the lab.

Projects further in development may be the focus of the lab, however, projects in all stages are considered in the application process. Our basic requirement: upon completion of your project, filmmakers must recognize NEFL in your project's closing credits, "This project supported in part by (insert NEFL Logo)."

Overall Rating
  • maya bastian

    An incredible experience from start to finish. As an independent filmmaker, I felt thoroughly supported and encouraged. Lovely people and a really nurturing atmosphere. Made some great connections and met a lot of talented individuals.

    December 2019
  • Michael Camoin

    I'll preface my review first, by acknowledging personal ties to NEFL6, yet I do wish to acknowledge how such a strong field of industry advisors, mixed with a diverse slate of projects and filmmakers, yielded (as one filmmaker stated), "An authentic community" of dialogue and synergy. Support for SCARED TO DEBT: America's Student Loan Scam came not only from industry advisors, yet my fellow Lab fellows leaving me inspired to go out and complete this significant work equipped with razor focused ideas for success.

    November 2019
  • Jo Blakk

    As a minority filmmaker, our stories are sometimes ignored by other communities.
    I felt welcomed, and encouraged to share my voice.
    The Northeast Filmmaker's Lab was very well done, and I look forward to more.

    November 2019
  • Happy and honored to be part of this years NEF Lab. Thanks for all the support and love that you all showed to our project Beyond All The Colours. Thank you so much Capital Cinema Cultural Exchange , Albany. <3 #CCCE <3 #NEFL6 Life is full of Cinema!!!

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    We are honored that you trusted us with Beyond All The Colours a documentary in progress about your talented daughter Munea. Both of you played a significant role in NEFL6. Much love and cheers to your cinematic breakthroughs!

  • Rose Schimm

    The Northeast Filmmakers Lab was jam-packed with useful feedback sessions and fun networking events. The focus is on getting your project made independently. So it's great for indie filmmakers who need some advice or encouragement at any stage of their project.

    November 2018