Did you see Una Noche at TFF 2012? Writer/director Lucy Mulloy’s harrowing tale of three Cuban teens who dream of fleeing to the United States mesmerized Festival audiences and critics alike. The film won prizes at the Tribeca Film Festival for Best Cinematography in a Narrative Feature Film, Best Actor for both Dariel Arrechada and Javier Nunez Florian, and Best New Narrative Director for Mulloy. Along with support from the Tribeca Film Institute, Mulloy and Una Noche benefited greatly from the help they received at the IFP’s Filmmaker Labs.

IFP’s Filmmakers Labs currently are inviting submissions for their 2013 season from first time filmmakers who are in perhaps the most challenging phase of their projects—post-production. The success of Una Noche and other IFP Labs films such as Pariah, Give Up Tomorrow, and War Don Don is the best testament to the value of the program.

Participation in IFP Filmmaker Labs is free, and there is no better way for novice filmmakers to find their audiences and learn how to pitch and sell their films in a busy marketplace. IFP-supported projects have gone on to distribution deals at Focus Features, Sundance Selects, Oscilloscope, BBC, HBO and now Radius/TWC with their pick up of Concussion at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

The deadlines are March 8 for documentary filmmakers and April 8 for narrative filmmakers. For more information and to apply, click here.

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