Promoting unique, independent voices by helping filmmakers create and advance new work.
We support a diverse selection of filmmakers and/or teams and provide them with critical mentorship. Through personalized sessions with seasoned and award-winning Hollywood executives, participants will gain the tools to revise and refine their projects and navigate a changing entertainment industry landscape.
- Screenwriting Workshops is a week-long workshop designed to provide individualized story and professional development for emerging screenwriters with a fiction feature screenplay. This full-time Lab takes place in February.
- Producing Workshop is a week-long intensive designed to help creative independent producers develop their skills. This full-time Lab takes place in October.
- TV Workshop is a month-long workshop where Fellows gain the tools needed to revise and refine their pilots and navigate a changing industry landscape. The Lab meets 2–3 evenings per week in August.
- Directing Workshop is an eight-week program for directors prepping independent feature films. The Lab runs April through June.
In addition to Workshops, Ford Studios’ programs encompass a wide range of initiatives that help filmmakers push their projects forward, including:
- Fast Track is a two-day film finance session where select filmmakers pitch for funding and distribution consideration.
- Global Media Makers is an innovative mentoring initiative that connects visual storytellers from around the world with leading U.S. entertainment professionals
- Grants & Awards are available to help filmmakers advance their current projects and recognize professional accomplishments in independent film
- Project Involve is Ford Studio’s signature diversity program that, for over 25 years, has helped launch the careers of artists from communities underrepresented in film and entertainment.
Who Can Apply?
The Workshops are open to any emerging talent applying with a completed draft of a half hour or hour-long television pilot they wish to workshop during the program. Each applicant must be the author of the script he or she submits. The submitted pilot cannot have been pitched at any point to a studio or network.
Seasoned professionals are welcome to apply as teams and need only submit a single application. International applicants are also welcome to apply.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit the following materials for consideration:
- A cover letter explaining your interest in the Episodic Lab
- One complete, original pilot
- A series logline
- A series description describing the story engine and series arc of the show
- Project status and history, including any industry exposure
- A series proposal document that includes brief descriptions of the world of the series and its premise and genre, as well as breakdowns for the show’s primary characters and their first season arcs
Film Independent is looking for well-written, compelling, pilots with an original premise or vision. The submitted pilot may be original or adapted from optioned source material. Though applicants must submit a completed draft, the Lab is structured to support writers who are still creatively engaged in the writing process; those who welcome feedback and discussion will most benefit from the program as they further develop their work.
The Fine Print
Applicants will be notified three to four weeks prior to the start of the program.
Applicants invited to participate in the program should plan to be in Myrtle Beach for the one-week duration of the workshop. Ford Studios is unable to subsidize any travel, lodging and/or visa expenses for any participants attending from outside the United States. Participants are expected to attend all sessions in person.
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