Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab

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A year-long fellowship with BlackStar for Black, Brown, and Indigenous filmmakers in Philadelphia.


About

BlackStar is proud to present the inaugural Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab, an opportunity designed to uplift emerging and mid-career artists in the Greater Philadelphia area. BlackStar’s Filmmaker Lab will support four Black, Brown and Indigenous filmmakers by making equipment, space, crew, mentorship, funding and critical feedback available over the course of a 12-month program. BlackStar will act as an executive producer on the short films created during the Lab and premiere the films at BlackStar Film Festival in 2022.

Four filmmakers will be selected to receive year-round mentorship as part of the lab, including feedback on works-in-progress, and advice on working with below-the-line crew. Shortlisted candidates who do not make the fellowship will receive 1-on-1 consultation from industry representatives. The program is open to emerging and mid-career filmmakers seeking to create short format projects in any genre.

The application for the 2021 Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab can be accessed here from August 9, 2021 to September 13, 2021.

The BlackStar Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab is a partnership with Comcast with additional support from All Ages Productions, Independence Public Media Foundation, Kickstarter, Vimeo, and Wyncote Foundation.


The BlackStar Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab is a partnership with Comcast with additional support from All Ages Productions, Independence Public Media Foundation, Kickstarter, Vimeo, and Wyncote Foundation.

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Is there a cost associated with the application?

No, there is no application fee for the Lab.

If I am not selected for the Lab, can I receive feedback on my submission?

Unfortunately, due to the volume of submissions and capacity of our staff, we are not able to offer feedback on individual applications.

How will I be notified about acceptance? Will I be notified if I’m not accepted?
All applicants will be notified via email no later than October 22, 2021.

We will use the contact info you provide in your application to correspond with you. Please make sure lab@blackstarfest.org is cleared in your spam filter!

I am not the writer on this project. Am I still eligible to apply?

Candidates should submit an original script or treatment in order to apply for the Lab. If the lead applicant is not the writer, you will need to submit a letter from the writer acknowledging their approval and full participation, and acknowledging the submission of your project to the fellowship. A template of the letter can be found here.

Can I submit multiple projects?

 

No, you may only submit one project to the Lab.

Can my project go into production before attending the Lab?

Unfortunately, no. We consider the timing of your fellowship to be a crucial component for selection. The Lab is designed, in part, to bring your project from script to screen.

When and where does this take place?

The Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab will take place over the course of 12 months, beginning in late fall 2021. While we hope to gather fellows in person, we will follow safety protocols of the time. Selected fellows will receive further details about the format closer to the start of the Lab.

Can I apply as part of a collective?

Yes, sort of. The Lab is open to projects helmed by up to 3 co-directors. Please select one director to apply as the Lead Applicant.