The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) is now accepting applications for its 2019 Producers Lab, an intense, two-phase business and creative content development experience for six Canadian producers with genre or high concept narrative feature film projects in development. This year, the Producers Lab will include two phases that will take place in Whistler, BC. Phase I will take place over five days from June 23 to June 28 and will include four months of ongoing feedback and project development with industry advisors. Phase II will include a five-day follow-up with industry sessions and scheduled market meetings from December 3 to 7 during the Whistler Film Festival and Content Summit (December 4 to 8), one of Canada’s leading film festivals and industry gatherings.
WFF’s Producers Lab aims to prepare Canadian Producers to rework, pitch, market and sell their creative content while also being immersed in business opportunities at the Whistler Film Festival. The Lab is focused on strengthening genre or high concept narrative feature projects through a Producer Mentorship program. The Lab is intended to advance a producer’s feature project at the polish and packaging phase of development by facilitating a one-on-one relationship with an experienced Executive Producer. This relationship is designed to attract investment opportunities as well as assist in securing meaningful market strategies and attachments.
Selected producers will receive individual and project-specific feedback through a series of one-on-one sessions with advisors, as well as group sessions in order to strengthen their ability to position their project for investment. Feedback will include everything from where to take their script next, to project and package changes that may be required to attract investors outside of Canada, and what market resources are available to producers looking for US interest. Producers will also explore their own project creative, cultivate skills and a process for evaluating, developing, and implementing their material to reflect these ideas. They will also examine conventional and alternative distribution strategies and learn what they need to do to stay relevant as media distribution platforms continue to evolve. A select few of the Producers Lab attendees will be invited to participate in the Power Pitch Workshop and Pitch Competition, an unprecedented opportunity for Canadian producers to pitch their projects to some of the world’s top sales agents for motion pictures, and compete for a prize package worth over $41,000.
Canadian producers are invited to submit an application for the WFF Producers Lab by May 27, 2019. The application form and guidelines are available at whistlerfilmfestival.com.
WFF’s Producers Lab is open nationally to Canadian producers. Writers and/or Directors are not eligible. Applicants must have produced at least one feature film or a total of 90 minutes of short and/or television credits. Applicants must have a genre or high concept narrative feature-length script in the polish and packaging stage of development. Projects with or without equity investment and/or distribution commitments are eligible. Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or have immigrant status. Only one producer per project will be allowed to attend the Lab.
The Whistler Film Festival gratefully acknowledges the generous support and commitment to the WFF Producers Lab, presented by Netflix in association with Telefilm Canada and sponsored by Creative BC and CMPA.