NFB/CFC Creative Doc Lab Open for Applications

(Via CNW) Applications open today for the NFB/CFC Creative Doc Lab, set to begin in September 2015. Four applicants will be chosen for the program, which a media release describes: “Comprised of group sessions, peer-to-peer collaboration, and individual project mentorship from some of Canada’s and the world’s top documentary filmmaking professionals and industry leaders, the Creative Doc Lab will enable filmmakers to generate and deliver materials that will catalyze real interest and support for their project in the global marketplace. “

The forces behind this, the National Film Board (NFB) and the Canadian Film Centre (CFC), hope the Lab will cultivate creative risk-taking and help further establish Canadians as world-class documentary storytellers.

The NFB/CFC Creative Doc Lab is open to filmmakers from across Canada with compelling feature documentary proposals who have a minimum of 90 minutes of produced work in short and/or long format documentary and/or narrative projects. The deadline for applications to the September session is July 6th, 2015. You can find all the details here.

Two previous editions of the project met with success. Eight projects were developed through the programs, including Sarah Polley’s critically acclaimed Stories We Tell, which was named by TIFF in 2015 as one of the top ten Canadian films of all time.

The new specialized Lab seeks to help filmmakers “push their thinking about documentary storytelling, provide a forum for them to accelerate the development of ideas, and think strategically about the feature documentary market and how to best position their projects for success” according to the two sponsors.

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