Who can apply
- Filmmakers with a project in development, production or post-production seeking financing partners, broadcast/distribution, and festival invitations.
- Projects may only be submitted by US filmmakers, or if an international project made by a non-US filmmaker, through one of IFP’s Presenting Partners.
- Feature-length applicants must have at least a visual sample to submit.
- Long-Form Doc Series must have an intended episode length of at least 22 minutes; it can be in development or production but must have a visual sample to submit.
- Short-Form Doc Series must have an intended episode length of no more than 15 minutes; it can be in development or production but must have a visual sample to submit.
As participants in the Project Forum, Spotlight on Documentaries filmmakers can meet with top U.S. and International sales agents, broadcasters, distribution companies, funders/financiers, and festival programmers.
- All International submissions are by invitation only and must have been confirmed by a Presenting Partners and IFP Staff prior to submission.
- Projects can either be approved by contacting a Presenting Partner the film team is associate with or if the project was selected at one of the Presenting Partners’ documentary markets by contacting the IFP Staff.
IFP Presenting Partners
- ACE Producers
- CineMart – International Film Festival Rotterdam
- CoPro – The Israel Documentary Screen Market (docs only)
- Edinburgh International Film Festival / Screen Scotland
- French in Motion / CNC
- Hot Docs Forum, Deal Maker and Rendezvous (docs only)
- IDFA Forum (docs only)
- Israel Film Fund
- National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa / Durban
- Sheffield Doc/Fest MeetMarket (docs only)
- Sundance Institute
- Telefilm Canada
- Venice Biennale College – Cinema.
Q: I am an American producer/filmmaker working overseas. May I still apply to U.S. Features?
A: Yes. The program is open to any U.S.-based filmmakers, meaning any U.S. citizen or anyone working and living in the U.S.
Q: I submitted my project before. May I apply with the same project?
A: Yes. You can apply multiple times to IFP Week. However, we would like to see significant progression from the previous years and new footage should show that your project is moving forward.
Q: Is there a benefit to applying before the Early Deadline?
A: Yes. To encourage early submissions, applicants submitting by the Early Deadline pay a $45 submission fee. Applicants submitting by the Final Deadline pay a $60 submission fee.
Q: My documentary is complete; it’s not a work-in-progress. Does the Project Forum of IFP Week accept completed features?
A: No. Spotlight on Documentaries only accepts documentary projects that are not yet complete and have not screened in any other public forum. We can consider a documentary at any stage of production or post-production, but the goal of the section is to help filmmakers looking for production and finishing funds, and those ready to meet with broadcasters and distributors or attract festival interest before their film is completed. At minimum, your project should be three to six months away from being completed or submitting to festivals, though many selected projects are still years from completion.