Cineplex Film Program - Directors' Lab

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    IMPORTANT DATES

    APPLICATIONS OPEN: December 2, 2019 @ 1:00pm EST
    APPLICATIONS CLOSE: January 13, 2020 @ 5:00pm EST
    PROGRAM START: July 2020
    PROGRAM END: December 2020

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The responsibilities of a director are constant and all-encompassing. The Cineplex Film Program Directors' Lab challenges you to maintain your creative vision, both on and off the floor, as you develop and workshop a number of projects. Please find additional information below.


ELIGIBILITY

This program is designed for directors who are deeply committed to expanding their creative toolbox and broadening their scope as cinematic storytellers. We are looking for directors with a distinct POV and a strong desire to collaborate. You should be actively working toward your first, second or third feature film.

To apply, you must have a reel showcasing your directing talent and voice, experience in the film and television industry, a proven commitment to the craft of directing and a feature film project at some stage of development.


This is national program and open to producers from across Canada. Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.


TUITION & FEES

Tuition for all 2020 Cineplex Film Program labs is $8,000.00.

If accepted into the program, you are eligible to apply for a CFC scholarship of up to $8,000.00 based on financial need.

Please note that there is a $100.00 application fee via PayPal for all Cineplex Film Program applications.


CONTACT

For questions and clarifications, please contact programs@cfccreates.com.

Program Design

Project Development

For maximum impact, the development of each director’s feature film is on an individual basis. Projects will be developed through a series of rigorous and highly productive workshops, writing assignments and story editing sessions. You will be challenged to articulate what makes your feature distinctive and the factors that make it attractive in the international marketplace.

The goal for each director is to complete the lab with a feature project that champions your original voice, is in an advanced stage of development and that is viable in the evolving media landscape.

Craft and Collaboration

The program offers a chance to explore and push your creative boundaries through a series of complex production exercises, workshops and case studies. These are designed to inform and help shape your creative and collaborative choices. Sessions are customized each year to meet the needs of the directors, both as a group and individually, as required.

Business and Marketplace

Directors are exposed to a variety of perspectives on the current landscape of filmmaking and directing. This includes meeting with producers, distributors, funders and other key players in the industry to gain a better understanding of production and business considerations and how these factors impact project slates and long-term career strategy.

You will also be coached and guided on the best way to successfully represent yourself and your projects within the industry, bridging the gap between your creative aspirations and the business of filmmaking.


CONTACT

For questions and clarifications, please contact programs@cfccreates.com.

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APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

PART 1: COMPILED PDF

As part of the online application form, you will be asked to upload a single PDF file comprised of each document listed below in their respective order. Be sure to include your full name at the top of each page, as well as the title of the document.

1. LETTER OF INTENT (ONE PAGE)

This is our introduction to you! Please include a description of what your immediate and long term goals are as a director. How might the lab specifically help you advance your craft and/or primary project?

2. RESUME/ CURRICULUM VITAE

A current and brief account of your previous work experience, education, and qualifications.

3. FILMOGRAPHY

Please include a list of all your produced onscreen work. This should include any applicable credits you have as a director, writer, producer, editor, cinematographer, etc. Please include the year the project was produced, along with any other key creatives involved. Only produced projects should be included.

4. FEATURE PROJECT SYNOPSIS (MAX 500 WORDS)

A brief description of the primary project you are most keen to develop/workshop during the Lab. Please include a summary of the plot, major characters and story points, as well as any development history (if applicable).

5. FEATURE PROJECT ARTIST STATEMENT (MAX 500 WORDS)

Why are you interested in telling this story and why now? What is your connection to the material? Please share your creative vision for this project and how you plan on realizing the piece cinematically.

6. PROJECT SLATE

A rundown of all film, television, documentary and web projects you are interested in exploring that have not yet been produced. Please include a brief synopsis (one paragraph per project), including genre, stage of development, funding history and key creatives (if applicable). Please include your primary feature project outlined above in your project slate.

7. TWO LETTERS OF REFERENCE

Letters from two people who are familiar with your work as a director. The letters should emphasize your proven commitment to your craft and be addressed to the ‘Directors’ Lab Selection Committee.’ These can be uploaded with the application, or emailed by the referee to programs@cfccreates.com.

PART 2: VISUAL SUPPORT MATERIALS

Visual support materials submitted should showcase your directing talent, demonstrating the strength of your vision as well as your ability to tell a compelling story. This can include film, TV, doc, web, commercials, and/or music videos.

All materials submitted for review must be in their entirety, including shorts and/or feature films (please do not submit demo reels, clips or trailers). If submitting multiple works, please compile them into an album/ playlist in order of preferred viewing.

Please note that at any time during the selection process, we may request additional materials.

To accompany your visual support materials, you will be asked to provide a summary of your submission. Please provide short synopses (1-2 sentences) of all visual support materials. Include the year produced, running time and a list of key creatives credited on each piece (writer, director, producer, editor), production/post-production status and distribution status (any festival/broadcast/online to date).


SELECTION PROCESS

APPLICATION

Please review the application requirements in advance of submitting.

All applicants will be notified via email of their application status no later than end of March. Due to the high volume of applicants, feedback will only be offered to shortlisted applicants.

INTERVIEW

A selection committee comprised of industry professionals and key program staff is assembled to create a shortlist of applicants who will be selected for an interview.

Prior to the interview, we will put you in touch with a recent alumnus or alumna to answer any questions you have about the program design and expectations.

The interview is structured as a conversation with the filmmaker and is intended to assist the committee in determining which candidates will best contribute to, and benefit from, the program’s design.

Whenever possible, the CFC sets up in-person interviews with those applicants based outside of Ontario. At a minimum, phone interviews are arranged.

Applicants selected for the program are contacted shortly after interviews. 


CONTACT

For questions and clarifications, please contact programs@cfccreates.com.