The Northeast Filmmakers Lab and Pitch Contest enters its 9th 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, 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: NEFL9 will host up to 12 Lab Fellows over 3 intensive days, using a hybrid model which wraps with a PITCH CONTEST open to all simply for applying. Our 9th edition will balance in-person meetups, tour a motion picture studio in upstate NY and industry presentations.
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.
NEFL9 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 training on "How To Pitch." One of the most informative courses you've ever taken on the process of pitching and worth applying to the lab. Lab Fellows will deepen their personal understanding of the art, craft and business of filmmaking.
NEFL9 returns to in-person events, however, much of the lab including project presentations, panel discussions and one-on-one industry consults will be virtual, via Zoom, thus, we encourage filmmakers from around the globe to apply.
The Northeast Filmmakers Lab prides itself on inclusion. We encourage past participants to continue to utilize the lab for ongoing year round support.
Capital Cinema Cultural Exchange, Inc (CCCE), a not-for-profit, hosts the Northeast Filmmakers Lab 9th edition November 11-13, 2022. We welcome SHORTS, DOCUMENTARIES, EPISODIC, ANIMATIONS and FEATURE FILMS among other projects in various stages of development to apply.
PITCH COMPETITION - NEFL9 wraps with a pitch competition on Day 3, Sun (1pm EST) Nov 13th Each contestant will have 2 minutes to pitch their project: feature, short, television series, or documentary. Past prizes include Script Breakdown and Schedule, 1-on-1 Producer's Session with CREW ME UP, a 4 week Screenwriter's Course with Jacob Krueger Studios, legal consultations experienced entertainment attorneys, other discounts, professional consultations, all valued at over $10,000. The winner is 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.
If appearing in person, applicants cover their own travel and lodging, however, some meals may be provided and the lab is at no cost to Lab Fellows.
Chosen lab fellows are invited to attend follow-up meetings with industry mentors, 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.
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.
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