TIFF Talent: Filmmaker Lab Application – 2019

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ABOUT

TIFF Filmmaker Lab is a talent development programme that takes place during the Toronto International Film Festival in September.


Each year 20 Canadian and international directors receive an exceptional professional development experience, and an introduction to the global community of filmmaking. Over a five-day period, participants have the opportunity to interact with and learn from internationally acclaimed filmmakers and guests. Past mentors and speakers include Darren Aronofsky, Juliette Binoche, Jane Campion, Alfonso Cuarón, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Julie Dash, Claire Denis, Ava DuVernay, Atom Egoyan, Cassian Elwes, Mia Hansen-Løve, Agnieszka Holland, Jia Zhang-ke, Spike Lee, Steve McQueen, Sandra Oh, Ivan Reitman, Lone Scherfig, Jim Stark, Jean-Marc Vallée, and Wim Wenders.


Questions?

Contact us industry@tiff.net


ELIGIBILITY

TIFF Filmmaker Lab focuses primarily on narrative storytelling and filmmaking.


  1. This programme is open to emerging filmmakers with a minimum of two short-film credits and a maximum of one feature-film credit as director or screenwriter.

  2. International applicants are welcome. All sessions are held in English, which applicants will need to be able to speak and understand fluently.

  3. Only one submission per applicant.

  4. Maximum of three submissions to Filmmaker Lab per applicant over the last 10 years, i.e. if you have applied unsuccessfully on three different occasions in the past decade, you are not eligible to apply for the 2019 Lab.

  5. Applicants must submit a continuous one-minute excerpt of one film project (short film, feature film, documentary, or animation). The clip must not exceed one minute in length. If you have applied for TIFF Filmmaker Lab in previous years, you must re-apply with a different film clip. Online applications must be submitted by 5pm EST on May 31 for Canadian applicants and June 7 for international applicants.

  6. Applicants must submit a video pitch not more than two minutes in length. The applicant should comment on their project and filmmaking approach, as well as why they want to participate in Filmmaker Lab.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Clip Submission

  1. If you would like to password-protect your Vimeo file, please use the password FL2019

  2. Your Vimeo link must be downloadable and made available until July 31, 2019.

  3. We do not accept submissions of full-length films, demo reels, music videos, or trailers.

  4. Collectively, the total running time of your film excerpt cannot exceed one minute.

  5. Collectively, the running time of your video pitch cannot exceed two minutes.

  6. Please include information on the clip’s context to the description on Vimeo.

  7. Submissions of feature films indicating a time code will not be considered by the Jury.

  8. The clip must include English subtitles if the language being spoken is not English.


IMPORTANT:

TIFF takes applicants confidentiality seriously and will ensure that Vimeo links are not shared with any third parties. While in TIFF’s possession, all clips are securely stored. Access to all clips and applications is limited to the Industry programming team and selected jury members who require access in order to screen and consider applications. No duplication or sharing of the clips is permitted. Please also note that the jury does not guarantee that all clips will be viewed as part of the application assessment process.


COMMITMENT

TIFF Filmmaker Lab will provide the following services for selected participants:


  1. All selected participants will receive an Industry Pass for the Toronto International Film Festival.

  2. Should the selected participants reside beyond 50km outside of the city of Toronto, TIFF Filmmaker Lab will provide up to six nights of accommodation in a downtown hotel.

  3. Filmmaker Lab will provide lunch on the five days of the Lab.

  4. Participants will be invited to two networking cocktails and one dinner.

  5. Upon request, where visas are required for participating filmmakers, TIFF will make its best efforts to assist.


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


ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

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PERSONAL INFORMATION













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APPLICATION





QUESTIONNAIRE




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PROJECT SUBMISSION

Please provide the following information on a current project that you are working on.

















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CLIP SUBMISSION










SUBMISSION MATERIALS

Please upload 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 be no longer than one minute.

2. The link to the clip needs to be valid and active until July 31, 2019.

3. Please ensure that the clip is in high resolution.

4. Please ensure that the clip is downloadable.

5. In parentheses, after the project title on the Vimeo link, please specify whether the clip is from a short film, feature film, or episode of a series.

6. Please include the clip description you have provided above as the description on the Vimeo link.

7. Please ensure that the clip includes English subtitles, if the language being spoken is not English.

8. If you would like to password-protect your clip, use the password FL2019.

9. Demo reels, trailers, and music videos will not be accepted.

10. Submissions of full films or episodes with time codes will not be considered by the jury.


IMPORTANT: TIFF's industry team takes applicants' confidentiality seriously and will ensure that Vimeo links are not shared with any third parties. While in TIFF's possession, all clips are securely stored. Access to the Filmmaker Lab clips and applications are limited to the Filmmaker Lab programming team and select jury members who require access in order to screen and consider applications. No duplication or sharing of clips is permitted. Please also not that the programming team does not guarantee that all clips will be views as part of the adjudication process.




CONFIRMATION