The Northeast Filmmakers Lab enters the 7th edition continually 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 industry experts, fundraising strategists, producers, entertainment attorneys, noted actors, casting directors, budgeting, marketing and social media specialists and more. We won't skip a beat as we move into an all on-line forum via ZOOM where discussions will continue, audience engagement in open dialogue about the art, craft and business of filmmaking. Whatever the project, we have two main goals: (1) assist filmmakers complete their work-in-progress and (2) help you reach a wide target audience.
Capital Cinema Cultural Exchange, Inc (CCCE), a not-for-profit, hosts the Northeast Filmmakers Lab 7th edition November 13-15, 2020. Day One: in a small group breakout sessions via Zoom, lab participants from anywhere in the world will present projects and meet industry mentors, as well, network with fellow industry filmmakers. Day Two: lab participants will meet one-on-one with 10 or more industry mentors, attend Film Talks, screenings and network in the Filmmakers Lounge.

Past breakout sessions include one on one with actor, writer, producer, director Valerie Landsburg (FAM); Stephen Lang (AVATAR), discussions hosted by Passion River film distributors on Social media; Carol Dean From The Heart and 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 connected to industry guests and participants from around the globe. New this year, all events, meetings and even industry mixers will takes place via Zoom. That's right, industry mixers will take place remotely and we'll ship the wine to you! All participants will receive a complementary sampling of Josh Cellars wine shipped to your doorstep thanks to our sponsor.

You'll be hard pressed to find an industry resource like us, small enough to meet your individual needs, big enough to point your project in the right direction. For a sense of our industry contacts visit our on-line program CHECK THE GATE list of current and past industry guests:

These are the types of folks who will be sitting down with you one-on-one to discuss YOUR film.

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. You won't find a less expensive, smart and friendly setting.

So here's how it works.

Should your project be selected and you and your partner choose to attend, we will hold your place which requires a $150 deposit for the 3 day event. 100% of this deposit will be returned after you achieve a perfect 100% attendance record.

Well, what if I can't attend all three days?

We consider these limited slots so valuable. We know we deliver and have 6 years plus to prove it. Whether you're new or returning, you must show a commitment to the lab process. You may select one other representative to attend with you and, on occasion, on your behalf should you miss a session. After achieving a 100% attendance and participation, you will receive your full $150 deposit back immediately following NEFL7.

We recommend you read our filmmaker reviews here and on our website before making your decision.

Our aim is to help filmmakers of all ages advance your next project toward completion. In our first six years, lab participants went on to complete their projects, screen in festivals around the globe, air on television, receive offers to be optioned, and/or enter production. Our focus is on you, where you're at in the creative process such that you might avoid costly mistakes and complete your next project at the highest level.

Prizes are the connections you will make and have to advance your career well beyond the lab. Don't take our word for it, ask filmmakers who have participated. For screenwriters, anyone accepted into NEFL7 will receive a complimentary submission to our industry partner Electric City Screenwriter's Contest which offers cash prizes to winning entries.

The challenges that face filmmakers are more extraordinary than ever before. The unique connections and long-term relationships you develop here make the value of this 3 day professional lab well over $2,500. What you gain is "access" and leave with relationships you'll 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 ten new projects will join past lab participants. Here's how it works. If you and your project are chosen, you must agree to attend all three days. We require a $150 deposit. After completing all 3 days you will receive $100 in return, thus your total cost is $50. Why do we do this? One, we value our time and the information you will be receiving. We abide by the old adage, "money talks." Being a Zoom conference, we can't make you attend every event, yet we know how important it is in order for you to experience your project's break-through. In addition to the 3 Day lab, chosen fellows must agree to attend monthly follow-up Zoom conferences with industry mentors (30 minutes per month). As mentioned prior, up to two participants per project may attend NEFL7. At least one person must be present in order to receive your maximum deposit which is returned upon completion of the 3 day lab.

Projects further in development may be the focus of the lab, however, projects in all stages are considered in the application process. How does the lab work best? Referrals by other filmmakers and industry representatives matter. Our final 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)" which we will provide.

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