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The M
Film Lab

Empowering Minority Filmmakers

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Film Labs

Women of Color Spring 2024 program:

More technically skillful, the female screenwriters of today are diversifying genres and changing the landscape by creating more female-driven stories, told with more courage and confidence than ever.  Modern screenpay mavens like Diablo Cody and Greta Gerwig, have proven to be both creatively and financially bankable.  So, with this fantastic and long-overdue wave of recognition and success for female screenwriters, we look to create opportunities for women of color. If you are skilled a screenwriter, who identifies as a woman of color, and who has a unique and indelible cinematic voice, the Spring 2024 M Film Lab is for you.   Submit your best 10-12-minute short film screenplay, genre & topic of your choosing, and show us why you belong in our lab. Six (6) talented women of color will be selected to participate in the week-long lab, and one winner will be selected to have her short film produced!

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Application Deadline April 7, 2024

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icon_KeydatesKey Dates
12FEB
Applications Open
07APR
Application Deadline
30APR
2nd Cohort Announcement
19MAY
Film Lab Starts
26MAY
Film Lab Ends
30JUN
Winning Screenplay Announcement
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John Timothy

John Timothy

Writer, Actor, Director

T'áncháy Redvers

T'áncháy Redvers

writer, creator, and multidisciplinary performer

Richard Kletter

Richard Kletter

Uscs School Of Cinematic Arts Screenwriting Professor & Writer Of Golden Globe... Read More

Shelley Dennis

Shelley Dennis

Actress, Writer, Producer

Jason Bash

Jason Bash

Emmy Award and Peabody Award-winning writer, director, and producer

John Timothy

John Timothy

Writer, Actor, Director

EligibilityEligibility
The M Film Lab Spring 2024 Program welcomes American and Canadian writers who identify as Women of Color.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
Application and participation in the film lab is free of charge.
To apply, you must complete the application process outlined below, including submitting a completed short film screenplay based on the guidelines provided below.
Applicants must confirm their full availability for the dates of the film lab workshops and events.
Applications must be completed and submitted before the deadline of Sunday April 7, 2024 at 11:59 PM EST.
All applications must be completed through the process outlined below.
ApplicationsApplications
Applications are to be submitted using the Open Screenplay platform.
Applications are comprised of the 2 parts:
1
Applicant questionnaire.
2
15 page first draft short film screenplay based on the guidelines below.
Short-listed applicants may be asked to conduct a short video interview prior to confirmation.
Applications must be completed before Sunday April 7, 2024 at 11:59 PM EST.
Screenplay Suggested ThemesScreenplay Suggested Themes
We invite you to write a screenplay for a 12-minute short film (Max 12 pages) about any topic, genre, or subject matter of your choosing. While this is an opportunity for Women of Color, the scripts should not be, necessarily, about Women of Color.  This is a blank canvas for you to showcase your creativity and unique voice. So we encourage you to explore, and not be hindered by any sense of expectation.
Judging CriteriaJudging Criteria
In addition to compliance with the film lab’s eligibility requirements, submitted applications will be evaluated on a variety of factors including but not limited to originality, creativity, and structure. Applications are judged by a select committee of lab partners and mentors.
IMPORTANT RESTRICTIONSIMPORTANT RESTRICTIONS
No previously produced material or adaptations. The screenplays must be a new, original, unproduced work.
No excessive use of CGI / animation
No remote or difficult to reach locations, or federal or private attractions like The Statue Of Liberty, Mt. Rushmore, The Empire St. Building, CN Tower, Eiffel Tower, famous museums, etc.
No using of trademarks that belong to other people or companies
No use of existing characters, songs, logos, brands, etc.
Full rules and restrictions are available[here].
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