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IFP Announces Projects for
Screen Forward Episodic Labs

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) has announced the projects selected for the third annual Screen Forward Labs, IFP's yearlong fellowship for content creators with story-driven, serialized projects. The runs April 24-28 at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP located in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

Under the leadership of IFP Head of Programming Amy Dotson and producer Gabriele Capolino, the Labs will provide 10 select creators with the knowledge, resources and mentor support necessary for developing strong pitches, securing financing to go from pilot to series, creating marketing strategies and finding unique avenues for the distribution of their work. Individualized attention for each project will also be paid to building engaged audiences, as well as long-term strategy for career sustainability and launch.

"We are thrilled that IFP's mission to support risk-taking creators now extends to episodic storytelling," says Joana Vicente, IFP's Executive Director. "With over 70% diverse voices represented in this year's slate, we look forward to sharing these incredible series with industry leaders who can help further amplify their bold and provocative works."

During its 39-year history, IFP has supported over 10,000 projects and offered resources to more than 20,000 artists working at the intersection of film, television, VR and new media. The organization has played a vital role in launching the careers of now-established directors including Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine)), Robert Eggers (The Witch), Ciro Guerrra (Embrace of the Serpent), Alex Karpovsky (Girls), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), David Lowery (Pete's Dragon), Laura Poitras (Citizen Four), Dee Rees (Mudbound), Amy Seimetz (The Girlfriend Experience), Denis Villeneuve (Sicario), Roger Ross Williams (Life, Animated), and Behn Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild).

IFP via Filmmaker Magazine-produced "25 New Faces of Independent Film" were also early champions of a litany of visionaries who have gone on to make their mark in the creative community and popular culture including Cam Archer, Antonio Campos, Ryan Coogler, Lena Dunham, Shana Feste, Cary Fukunaga, Rachel Grady & Heidi Ewing, Patty Jenkins, Casey Neistat, Matt Porterfield, The Safdie Brothers, Sebastian Silva, and Craig Zobel.


Inspired by the successful long-running IFP Filmmaker Labs that focus on helping directors complete, market and introduce audiences to cutting edge first-features, the Screen Forward Labs will support innovative, series content creators with $10,000 worth of services and support over the course of a year.

The Lab is designed for innovative showrunners and creatives with story-driven, serialized projects created on all platforms and formats including web series, VR, or app based work. All projects must have at minimum representative sample visual content (a completed episode, demo, excerpt) already in place, and cannot have already launched their project publicly. The Screen Forward Labs will culminate with all projects presenting and pitching to investors, online distributors, network executives and tech companies at IFP Film Week 2017.

And post-Labs, all content creator teams will receive a free, six-month residency at the Made in NY Media Center as well as ongoing individualized access to classes, workshops and support from industry and creative mentors.


The Labs provide multiple levels of mentorship throughout the process, to be overseen by 2017 Lab Leaders:


The ten selected projects all have completed pilots and/or proof of concept shot; they represent a mix of genres ranging from comedy, drama, sci-fi thriller to coming of age, with intended formats ranging from app-based, digital series, television, VR and cross-platform storytelling.