The Short to Feature lab is a 5 day filmmaking lab held in Malibu for creators from around the world to workshop their short films as they turn them into features. We are hosting the first lab this September in Malibu, California.
It is created by Sundance and SXSW-winning filmmaker Jim Cummings and his long time producer Benjamin Wiessner to guide growing filmmakers through the new independent film renaissance and to help them navigate the feature film landscape.
Filmmakers will be joined by industry professionals to workshop their shorts and film producers who will advise on what it takes for every step from pre-production to distribution. In addition to the mentors, we hope to foster an atmosphere where each filmmaker can bring their own talents into the group to make all ten films better. Time will be split between more traditional panels, small group break out sessions with mentors, one on one meetings, and self-directed work. Every night we will screen ambitious, truly indie films that were not held back by their tight budgets, starting opening night with a mini-festival of all the short films from the lab participants.
After the week long lab experience we will be pairing each new film with a mentoring filmmaker who has recent work in the same genre. These special pairings will last the life of the film, and likely much longer. We believe in the importance of having near-peer mentors who can advise on your career as well as your film.
For filmmakers looking to apply, please check out the website: http://shorttofeature.com/ The application and more information are provided there.
Participants will be given a travel stipend, meals, a tent to stay in, great people to talk to, and as much support as we can muster as a community. The lab will take place at a beautiful house in Malibu that has been donated for the week, with a large, private backyard that we will be camping in. Beds are available for personal needs that would require one.
Your backing really helps make this experience possible. We are running this lab with no overhead, so every dollar will go to flying, feeding, and inspiring filmmakers. Our goal would cover approximately half of our expected costs for the first edition. We are in the process of finding partners to help make up that difference (reach out!). And, of course, we will be filling in the gaps ourselves to make sure we can provide productive tools and a creative, kind environment for our participants.
If you are interested in becoming a larger part of our lab, please email us for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Risks and challenges
Finding the right people to help mentor is the most important challenge for us. Who has both the experience and the gift of teaching? Where can we find partners that are looking to change the competitive culture around filmmaking, in an effort to make films better? We want to provide the participants with a variety of voices, all giving actionable advice. Who do you see doing this well? How do we connect with them? We are reaching out to the Kickstarter community to help with this part as much as the financial side. What can we build together?Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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