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Southern Producers Lab

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Southern Producers Lab


The Southern Producers Lab, an initiative of the New Orleans Film Society, brings together emerging, diverse producers from around the American South and Puerto Rico, beginning with a four-day lab, followed by one-on-one mentoring sessions, workshops and community-building opportunities throughout the year.

This program is designed to explore the unique challenges of living and working in the US South as a producer. Producers will explore a range of topics such as the director, producer relationship, addressing career sustainability and burnout and articulating one’s own unique skill set as a producer. Participants will also hone their skills in budgeting, funding, festival strategy and distribution.
All producers will be assigned a mentor based on their interests and needs. The program will kick-off with a four-day virtual lab centered around feedback sessions in which each filmmaker will have time to share their project to address challenge areas such as funding, budgeting, permitting, marketing, film festival strategy, distribution and impact strategies.

  • Mentors will continue to provide one-on-one support, 6-8 months following the lab.
  • Participating filmmakers will receive a $2,000 grant to support their project.
  • Between 8-10 filmmakers will be selected for this year’s program.
  • The current cohort and program alumni are offered optional professional development opportunities and other ongoing support throughout the year.
  • Travel stipend will be provided to attend 2023 New Orleans Film Festival.

Key Dates
January 16, 2023: Submissions deadline (11:59pm CT)
March 3, 2023: Notification of selected filmmakers
May 30 – June 2, 2023: Southern Producers Lab
November 2-7, 2023: Attend New Orleans Film Festival*** NEW THIS YEAR ***  Residents of Puerto Rico are now eligible to apply! Applicants must currently reside in the US South OR Puerto Rico. US South includes Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington D.C. Proof of residency is required.

Applications are now open and will close on Monday, January 16th at 11:59pm CT.

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