2014 Talent Lab - Application Form

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About Talent Lab
Talent Lab is an artistic development programme during the Toronto International Film Festival® that provides emerging talent with an unparalleled education experience and an introduction to the global community of filmmaking. Over a four-day period, selected participants have the opportunity to interact with and learn from internationally acclaimed filmmakers. Using the Festival’s outstanding relationships with world-class filmmakers, Talent Lab fulfills a tremendous need in the film industry, providing invaluable and incomparable artistic mentorship and development opportunities to a new generation of filmmakers. Talent Lab is presented by TIFF Industry and takes place from Wednesday, September 3, to Saturday, September 6.

Questions about Talent Lab and the application process should be directed to talentlab@tiff.net.

Applications for Talent Lab are FREE.
Eligibility

• This programme is open to emerging filmmakers with a minimum of either one feature film or two short film credits as director or screenwriter, and a maximum of 2 feature film credits as director or screenwriter.

• International applicants are welcome. Please note that all sessions in Talent Lab are held in English. Applicants should be able to speak and understand English fluently.

• Only one submission per applicant. Maximum of three total submissions to Talent Lab per applicant over the last 10 years, i.e.: If you have applied for Talent Lab unsuccessfully on three different occasions in the past decade, you are not eligible to apply for the 2014 Lab.

 

• Applicants must submit a continuous one-minute excerpt of one film project (short film, feature film; documentary, fiction or animation). Please note that we do not accept submissions of full-length films, demo reels, music videos and trailers. The clip must not exceed one (1) minute in length. If you have applied for Talent Lab in previous years, you have to re-apply with a different film clip.

 

• Applications need to be submitted by the applicants themselves, not by third parties (i.e. assistants, co-workers etc.).


Submission Guidelines & Deadlines

Online Applications must be submitted by 5pm E.S.T. on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.


Clip Submission

NOTE: All applicants must include a Vimeo link to a one-minute clip from one of their films in the online application form. Please follow the below rules when you submit the link to your clip:

1. The clip must not be longer than one minute.
2. The link to the clip needs to be valid and active until July 30, 2014.
3. Please ensure that the clip is in high resolution.
4. Demo reels, trailers and music videos will not be accepted.
5. Submissions of full-length films with time-codes to be played will not be considered by the jury.


What to Expect

Talent Lab offers an incredible learning and professional development opportunity for filmmakers and screenwriters from around the world. In addition, Talent Lab will provide the following services for selected participants:


• All selected participants will receive a regular Industry Pass for the Festival.


• To the extent the place of residence of any of the selected participants is beyond 50km from Toronto, Talent Lab will provide up to 5 nights of accommodation in a downtown hotel. NOTE: Talent Lab participants will be sharing hotel rooms, i.e. two participants per hotel room.


• Talent Lab will provide lunch on all four days of the Lab, from September 3 to 6. Participants will also be invited to two networking cocktails and one Talent Lab Dinner.

• IMPORTANT: Talent Lab does not cover travel costs for selected participants. Flights, train rides etc.  are the responsibility of the participants.





I. Applicant Information








II. Address






III. Your Application





IV. From Which Film Will You Send Us a One-Minute Clip?








V. Special Questions



VI. Please Provide Information on a Current/Future Project
Please provide information on a current project that you are working on.






VII. Your One-Minute Clip

As outlined above, please provide a Vimeo link to a one-minute clip from one of your films. Please follow these rules for your clip submission:
1. The clip must not be longer than one minute.
2. The link to the clip needs to be valid and active until July 30, 2014.
3. Please ensure that the clip is in high resolution.
4. Demo reels, trailers and music videos will not be accepted.
5. Submissions of full-length films with time-codes to be played will not be considered by the jury.





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