The Norman Jewison Film Program - Producers' Lab

2021 PROGRAM DATES

    PROGRAM START:

    January 2021

    PROGRAM END:

    July 2021

      *2022 program application dates are to be determined. To receive email notifications regarding key program dates, please SIGN-UP HERE.*
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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Producers’ Lab is one of four labs in The Norman Jewison Film Program. It is a 5 1/2-month, full-time program that offers a productive and immersive creative and business experience for up to five (5) producers a year.

We believe that producers are creative and business leaders. This program offers producers the tools and skills needed to bring important stories to the screen. The Producers’ Lab elevates and shapes a producer’s story and business skills, advances their ability to produce content for multiple platforms, and helps them build a viable business and career strategy.

Voice, cinematic storytelling and collaboration are key pillars.

The Producers’ Lab affords participants the opportunity to:

  • Deep dive into the business of producing; deepen their understanding of business models
  • Strengthen their technical and story skillsets
  • Engage in the entire script-to-screen process
  • Build a greater understanding of the professional screen industry
  • Establish strong professional and creative partnerships
  • Strengthen their ability to develop and package projects for the marketplace
  • Define what their unique offerings are within the marketplace and their strengths as a producer
  • Develop a body of onscreen projects

Ultimately, the Producers’ Lab exposes producers to many perspectives and practices. The more producers experience working within different frameworks, with different creative and business partners and with different materials, the better equipped they will be to navigate, adapt and engage with the marketplace.


ELIGIBILITY

This program is designed for emerging/mid-level producers who are committed storytellers and looking to build strong creative relationships with other onscreen creators. We are looking for producers who have:

  • Producing or production experience
  • Strong creative instincts
  • An understanding of the current film and TV marketplace
  • A project slate that includes a feature project at some stage of development
  • A commitment to establishing viable business opportunities and a career in the screen industry

We are looking for producers who bring different points of view, different types of projects, and different experiences and skills to the table. Producers can have experience in grassroots independent filmmaking, documentary, commercials, lifestyle, production management/line producing, or can be transitioning from other entertainment business or creative roles.

Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.


TUITION & FEES

Tuition and bursary information for 2022 program labs is to be determined, and will be posted in advance of the application window.

Please note that there is a $100.00 application fee via PayPal for all applications to The Norman Jewison Film Program.


ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

The CFC is committed to providing accessible practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation at any stage of the application process or have any questions regarding appropriate accommodations please contact Deborah Fallows, CHRO, at: dfallows@cfccreates.com.


CONTACT

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

Program Design

The Producers’ Lab is an immersive conservatory-like forum focused on the creative, collaborative, practical and business aspects of producing.

Producers often have different goals/trajectories coming into and upon leaving the program, so we focus on helping them realize their individual potential by taking a customized approach to deliver on each producer’s needs.

Throughout the Producers’ Lab, producers put into practice their ability to develop a slate and package projects, manage the creative and collaborative process, produce and deliver content, and build a strategic plan of action to advance their careers through the following:

CREATIVE & COLLABORATIVE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

Producers need to be well versed in how to manage the development process, identify and articulate the distinctive elements of specific projects on their slate, and determine how best to showcase their viability, marketability and saleability within the competitive international marketplace. The packaging process allows producers to bring together these requisite skills and demonstrate their understanding of the business, the marketplace and their projects with the counsel and expertise of international industry experts at key stages. Their development slates can include dramatic features, documentaries, shorts, TV or web series, VR or AR projects, etc.

BUSINESS OF PRODUCING & THE MARKETPLACE

Workshops, case studies and hands-on productions expose producers to a variety of perspectives and approaches to the script-to-screen process across many platforms. Producers will learn how to best engage creatively and support a creative vision from development through production/post, while balancing competing practical considerations.

PROJECT ACCELERATION & PACKAGING

Producers meet regularly throughout the program with industry professionals working in production/post, distribution, broadcasting, financing and sales to gain valuable insights on key business considerations. Experts and mentors share knowledge and counsel on best practices, evolving business models and changes in the entertainment and media industries as producers put this learning into practice, while receiving feedback and coaching at every stage.


ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

The CFC is committed to providing accessible practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation at any stage of the application process or have any questions regarding appropriate accommodations please contact Deborah Fallows, CHRO, at: dfallows@cfccreates.com.


CONTACT

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

Apply

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 producer, as they relate to strengthening your business and creative vision. 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 producer, director, writer, editor, 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 (i.e. funding, producer collaborators, prior development initiatives). 

Please also indicate if your feature is based on source material (play, short story, short film, graphic novel etc.) and that you have the option and/or rights to adapt the material.

5. FEATURE PROJECT PRODUCER STATEMENT (MAX 500 WORDS)

Why are you interested in telling this story and why now? What is your connection to the material? What is its marketplace potential?

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

From anyone who is familiar with your producing ability. The letters should emphasize your proven commitment to your craft and be addressed to the ‘Producers’ 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 producing 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. 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. 


ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

The CFC is committed to providing accessible practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation at any stage of the application process or have any questions regarding appropriate accommodations please contact Deborah Fallows, CHRO, at: dfallows@cfccreates.com.


CONTACT

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

Applications for this program are closed.