Producers' Lab

Producers' Lab

Producers need to see the big picture. This program constantly exercises your creative and business acumen while you develop and workshop a number of projects and business strategies. Please find additional information below, and if you have any questions, please contact programs@cfccreates.com.


ELIGIBILITY

Designed for producers with a strong creative vision, commitment to team leadership and entrepreneurial instincts, the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Producers' Lab is for individuals intent on establishing viable business opportunities in the screen industry.

To apply, you must have producing or production experience, an understanding of the current film and TV marketplace and a project slate which includes a feature-length project at some stage of development.

You must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada to apply.


LAB DESIGN

Project Development

With an individualized focus, you will refine your ability to manage the development process and exercise creative feedback through workshops, writing assignments, story editing sessions and providing notes. Producers will be challenged to identify and articulate the distinctive elements of specific projects while showcasing viability, marketability and saleability within the competitive international marketplace.

Whether your development slate includes dramatic features, documentaries, TV or web series, with the counsel and expertise of international industry experts, you will professionally package key projects. The goal is for you to complete the program with your project at a more advanced stage of development, and the requisite skills to support and package's existing and future properties.

Craft and Collaboration

You will learn how to best support the creative vision of your project while balancing competing practical considerations. Through a series of workshops, simulations, hands-on production exercises and case studies, producers are exposed to a variety of perspectives on the current business landscape.

Each year sessions are customized to meet the needs of the producers, both as a group and individually, as required. You will put into practice your ability to produce and deliver content to the market and leave the program with a more comprehensive understanding of industry expectations and the entire script-to-screen process.

Business and Marketplace

Producers meet regularly with industry leaders working in production, distribution, financing and sales to gain valuable insights on key business considerations. Top experts share knowledge and counsel on best practices, evolving business models and changes in the entertainment and media industries. You will also define your long-term goals and create a strategic business plan to position yourself, and your creative properties, within the global market.


APPLICATION PROCESS

Deadlines and Fees:

Applications open December 15, 2017. Applications close January 31, 2018. 

Producers' Lab Application Requirements:

Letter of Intent: A one page description outlining what you hope to achieve by attending the lab. Include your expectations of the program and touch on your immediate and long-term goals as they relate to strengthening your craft.

Curriculum Vitae: Your CV should include a summary of duties performed in each job listed. No more than 3 pages.

Filmography (If Applicable): Outlining your producing credits or relevant productions and post production credits. Only completed projects should be included.

Visual Support Materials: Provide a link to view your previously produced work online. Please include productions on which you were credited as producer, associate producer, co-producer, exec producer, or line producer.

This can include film, TV, doc, web, commercials, and/or music videos.

All pieces submitted for review must be in their entirety, including shorts and/or feature films (please do not submit clips or trailers).

Unless submitting a feature film, please keep the total running time of your materials to under 45 minutes.

Please note: we prefer to receive a link to view your materials online, but if that isn’t possible please send us 3 copies on DVD via mail. If you would like your DVDs returned, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Visual Support Synopses: Provide short synopses (3-5 sentences) of all visual support materials. Include the running time and a list of key creatives credited on each piece (writer, director, producer, editor) and distribution status (any festival/broadcast/online to date).

Feature Project Pitch: Producers spend significant time developing/packaging key creative projects over the course of the program.

Please submit 2-3 pages prose (as per below) for 1-2 feature projects that you are keen to develop through the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program.Include the following: genre, logline, synopsis, stage of development, descriptions of principal characters/basic story, development/funding history (if applicable), key creatives attached to the project (if applicable) and a brief outline of your next steps.

Please also indicate if your feature is based on source material (play, short story, short film etc.).Only projects with option agreements will be taken into development during the program. Proof of option is required for all features based on source material.

Project Slate:This can include Film, TV, documentary and/or web projects. For each project include: a short synopsis (3-5 sentences), brief summary of development history/funding, and a brief outline of your next steps. Only include projects that you are committed to developing creatively.

2 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.


SELECTION PROCESS

A selection committee comprised of industry professionals and key program staff is assembled and short-lists applicants for interviews.

All applicants will be notified by TBD of whether or not they have been short-listed for an interview. Applicants whose submissions are not short-listed will be notified by email. Due to the number of applications we receive, we are not able to give individual feedback at this stage of the process.

Interviews usually take place in TBD and TBD, and decisions are made by TBD. These are approximate dates, as scheduling depends on the availability of the selection committee.

The interview is a conversation with the filmmaker about his or her work and who they are, and is intended to assist the committee in determining which candidates will best contribute to and benefit from the program’s design. 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, expectations, and design.

Whenever possible, the CFC sets up in-person interviews with those applicants based outside of Ontario. At minimum, phone interviews are arranged.