Film Lab

IFC Film Lab

One-On-One Training On Set

For over 30 years, the IFC has been helping the community create their films that have gone on to exciting festival and distribution paths.

So, now we’ve decided to make some ourselves with The IFC Film Lab, which partners with students and others looking to learn about film production hands on.

Our sets become working classrooms, bringing professional film crews together with our members of all skill levels for one-on-one partnerships that gives real in-depth experiences from some of the most talented filmmakers in the Midwest.

Script Search

Each film starts with a submission process where the IFC accepts scripts from its community and sometimes beyond.

The screenwriter works with the Producer and Director on the preproduction process.

Professionally Produced

Each film is produced by an IFC Board Member and shot by professional cinematographers working in the industry today. Crew positions are filled with seasoned pros that know their craft and want to share with the next “generation” of film crew-members.

hands on learning

Students and Mentees work with the Crew members via one on one mentorship. They gain real crew experience, building their producing skills, film credits, and technical expertise. They gain a valuable insight into how a film set actually runs, not what they read in a book.

Calling Card

The film is screened locally and will go on a festival run. Every member of the cast and crew can take ownership of their production and share their hard work and add to their reels for that next film endeavor.

Previous Film Lab

An Urn For Calvin

Writer: Paula Smith

Director: Patrick Rea

Cinematographer: Hanuman Brown-Eagle

Submit a Script

**Script Submission closed for 2023.**

Submit a Script

Script Needs:

  • Page Length 5-12 pages
  • Approximate budget of under $5000
  • Can be shot in the Kansas City area

**Script Submission closed for 2023.**

Crew Mentor

**Mentor Submission closed for 2023.**

Become a Mentor for Our Film Lab

Are you passionate about filmmaking and eager to share your expertise with aspiring filmmakers? Join Independent Filmmakers Coalition as a mentor in our exciting Film Lab program! We are searching for dedicated and experienced professionals like you to guide and inspire emerging talents in specific fields of filmmaking.

As a mentor in our Film Lab, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the creation of an impactful film while also nurturing the growth and development of beginners in your chosen field. Your guidance and support will play a vital role in shaping the next generation of filmmakers.

We are looking for mentors who possess the following qualities:

Expertise in Your Field: You should have extensive knowledge and hands-on experience in the specific area of filmmaking you wish to mentor. Whether it’s cinematography, sound design, editing, production, or any other specialized field, your expertise will serve as a foundation for mentoring and sharing valuable insights.

Passion for Teaching: We are seeking individuals who genuinely enjoy teaching and are committed to empowering others through knowledge sharing. Your willingness to guide and mentor beginners in your specific field is crucial to the success of our Film Lab program.

Effective Communication: Excellent communication skills are essential to effectively convey your expertise and provide constructive feedback to aspiring filmmakers. Your ability to articulate ideas and concepts clearly in your field of expertise will be instrumental in nurturing their skills.

Collaborative Spirit: We value mentors who embrace collaboration and teamwork. Your willingness to work closely with emerging talents and other crew members in your specific field will foster a supportive and inclusive environment in our Film Lab.

If you possess these qualities and are eager to make a difference in the lives of aspiring filmmakers, we invite you to complete the mentor application form below. Your participation as a mentor in our Film Lab will not only enrich the lives of others but also provide you with a rewarding experience and an opportunity to expand your network within the film community.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a mentor for the IFCKC Film Lab. We look forward to reviewing your application and potentially having you on board as a valuable mentor in your chosen field within our mentorship team.

**Mentor Submission closed for 2023.**

Crew Mentee

**Mentee Submission closed for 2023.**

Join Our Film Lab as a Mentee

Are you an aspiring filmmaker looking to enhance your skills and gain invaluable guidance from experienced professionals in the industry? Independent Filmmakers Coalition is thrilled to offer you the opportunity to become a mentee in our inspiring Film Lab program.

As a mentee in our Film Lab, you will have the chance to work closely with a mentor who specializes in your desired field of filmmaking. Whether you’re passionate about cinematography, sound design, editing, production, or any other area, our mentors are here to provide you with personalized guidance and support on your filmmaking journey.

We welcome mentees who exhibit the following qualities:

Eagerness to Learn: We are seeking individuals who are genuinely passionate about filmmaking and have a strong desire to learn and grow. Your enthusiasm for the craft will drive your engagement and commitment throughout the mentorship program.

Openness to Feedback: Being receptive to feedback and constructive criticism is crucial for personal and artistic development. Mentees should be open-minded, willing to learn from experienced mentors, and actively implement the insights and suggestions they receive.

Strong Work Ethic: Filmmaking requires dedication, perseverance, and a strong work ethic. We value mentees who are committed to honing their skills, willing to put in the necessary effort, and demonstrate a proactive approach to their own growth.

Collaborative Spirit: Our Film Lab emphasizes collaboration and teamwork. We encourage mentees to actively engage with their mentors and fellow mentees, fostering a supportive and inclusive environment where knowledge and experiences are shared.

If you possess these qualities and are eager to embark on an enriching mentorship journey, we invite you to complete the mentee application form below. By participating in our Film Lab program, you will have the opportunity to learn from industry professionals, develop your artistic vision, and establish valuable connections within the filmmaking community.

Thank you for your interest in joining the IFCKS Film Lab as a mentee. We look forward to reviewing your application and potentially having you as part of our talented mentee cohort.

**Mentee Submission closed for 2023.**

Sponsor The Film Lab

Become a IFC Film Lab sponsor and support artist-driven filmmaking. Your support is invaluable and we would welcome your participation in supporting film education.

For a confidential discussion about your company’s interest and contribution and how can work with your goals, please email:

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