The Northeast Filmmakers Lab and Pitch Contest enters its 8th edition designed by and for filmmakers. Modeled after Rotterdam, our intimate setting is supportive, friendly and offers direct one-on-one access to industry experts, fundraising strategists, producers, entertainment attorneys, noted actors, casting directors, budgeting, marketing and social media specialists and more. If there's one word that describes us, its "relationship," if it's two words, then "break-through."

3 in 1: NEFL8 will host up to 12 Lab Fellows over 3 intensive days, which wraps with a PITCH CONTEST open to all simply for applying.  In the middle is an evening of SHORTS screened at The Linda, WAMC's Performing Arts Studio.

Past film projects include The Neighborhood That Disappeared, Lee's 88 Keys, Tigress (Cannes '21), Benedict Arnold: Hero Betrayed, Sallie Mae Not, and The Dark Sky Under Harper's Rock.

A hybrid event, we have two main goals: (1) help filmmakers complete their works and (2) help filmmakers reach a wide target audience.

NEFL8 is open to all stories in various stages of development, encouraging female directors, persons of color and projects designed to create social impact, awareness and inclusion to apply.  

All filmmakers who sign up to pitch will receive a training on "How To Pitch."  It will be one of the most informative courses you've ever taken on the process of pitching and worth applying to the lab. Lab Fellows will learn to engage audiences in open dialogue about the art, craft and business of filmmaking.

SHORT FILMS of comedic nature are considered for inclusion in the renown Asbury Shorts Film Concert 40th Anniversary taking place Saturday, October 16th.

NEFL strives to return in-person, however, much of the lab including project presentations, panel discussions and one-on-one industry consults are likely to be virtual, via Zoom, thus, we encourage filmmakers from around the globe to apply.

The Northeast Filmmakers Lab prides itself on inclusion. We don't host parties you cannot attend. And we encourage past participants to continue to seek the lab for ongoing year round support.

Capital Cinema Cultural Exchange, Inc (CCCE), a not-for-profit, hosts the Northeast Filmmakers Lab 8th edition October 15-17, 2021. We welcome SHORTS, DOCUMENTARIES, EPISODIC, ANIMATIONS and FEATURE FILMS among other projects in various stages of development to apply.

PITCH COMPETITION - NEFL8 wraps with a pitch competition on Day 3, Sun (1pm EST) Oct 17th. Each contestant will have 2 minutes to pitch their project: feature, short, television series, or documentary. In 2020, two filmmakers left with prizes including Script Breakdown and Schedule, 1-on-1 Producer's Session with CREW ME UP, a 4 week Screenwriter's Course with Jacob Krueger Studios, a 1 hour legal consultation with Vinca Jarrett of FILMPRO FINANCE, other discounts, professional consultations, all valued at over $10,000. The winner will be chosen Sunday afternoon.

Here's how it works.

First, we value our time and the information you will be receiving during the three day lab. Up to two participants per project may attend. At least one person must be present in order to participate in the Closing Pitch Competition at no extra cost.

If selected there is a lab fee, $20 per day. If in person, a travel stipend, lodging and some meals provided. Lab fellows may apply for a scholarship based on need and availability.

Chosen lab fellows are invited to attend follow-up meetings with industry mentors thus, making the lab a year round resource. Projects further in development may be the focus of the lab, however, projects in all stages are considered.

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 provide.

Read our reviews from filmmakers and industry experts. We are worth the entry fee.

Overall Rating
  • Caroline Golum

    What an incredible experience! Mike is a great festival organizer: communicative, warm, friendly, and encouraging. It was such a joy to connect with other filmmakers and members of the industry over this action-packed weekend. Even remotely, we were able to keep the conversations lively, engaging, and informative. I would definitely recommend NEFL to any burgeoning filmmaker out there looking for a crash-course in networking, pitching, and finessing their project!

    November 2021
  • Tamara Daley

    Highly recommend NEFL! I was able to learn so much and get amazing feedback from both the mentors and the fellow participants.

    December 2020
  • Robert Gregson

    NEFL was a really great experience. This is the first lab I've taken part in and didn't know what to expect, but the environment was extremely collaborative and welcoming. We had opportunities to pitch, received a lot of one on one mentoring, and got invaluable feedback on our work. Mike, the founder/organizer, is great at creating the right atmosphere and gathering the right people together. I would definitely recommend applying!

    November 2020
  • Madeline Leshner

    NEFL7 was an incredible and super valuable experience. Even though everything was virtual due to the pandemic, Mike made it a great experience and was very on top of coordinating dozens on dozens of zoom sessions. Having one on one sessions with the lab's incredible and inspiring industry mentors was a priceless experience and I feel a new fire underneath me to push my feature further towards realization!

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Madeline, we're on fire for JOAN.

  • Nina Gielen

    NEFL is the only lab I've ever taken part in that gives fellows direct access to a dozen mentors from different disciplines and professional backgrounds who each take the time to offer meaningful advice on one's project. The 2020 edition was virtual, but still resulted in three work-intensive and productive days of presenting and receiving feedback on one's project, and learning to pitch it effectively. Well worth applying.

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Nina, thank you for workshopping your dramatic feature screenplay, MAGIC WINDOW. Continued forward progress!