Celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2013, Talent Lab is an intensive multi-day artistic development programme that provides emerging talent with an unparalleled opportunity to learn from the world's best film artists.
Using the Festival's outstanding relationships with acclaimed filmmakers, Talent Lab leads participants in group discussions on a range of topics focused on the artistic side of filmmaking, ultimately sharpening the skills and confidence of a new generation of filmmakers.
Talent Lab Artistic Governors have included Olivier Assayas, Jennifer Baichwal, Danny Boyle, John Collee, Lee Daniels, Miranda July, Don McKellar, Deepa Mehta, Michael Ondaatje, the late Bingham Ray, Jason Reitman, Gus Van Sant, Stephen Woolley and Edgar Wright. Selected participants benefit from the guidance of the Governors and from the experience of Talent Lab Guests.
Talent Lab Guests have included directors Edward Burns, Jane Campion, Laurent Cantet, David Cronenberg, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Brian DePalma, Atom Egoyan, Stephen Frears, Terry Gilliam, Davis Guggenheim, Paul Haggis, Michael Haneke, Neil Jordan, Nadine Labaki, Kim Longinotto, Guy Maddin, Steve McQueen, Fernando Meirelles, Mike Mills, Gaspar Noé, Sarah Polley, Nicolas Winding Refn, John Sayles, Frederick Wiseman and Michael Winterbottom; and producers Ted Hope, Aamir Khan, Robert Lantos, James Schamus, Tilda Swinton and Christine Vachon.
The 2013 Talent Lab takes place during the first half of the Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 5th to 15th.
- This programme is open to emerging filmmakers with a minimum of either one feature film or two short film credits as director or writer.
- International applicants are welcome. Please note that all sessions in Talent Lab are held in English. Applicants need to speak and understand English fluently.
- Only one submission per applicant.
- Applicants must submit a continuous one-minute excerpt from one film project (a short or feature film, a documentary, fiction or animation). Please note that we do not accept submissions of full-length films, demo reels, music videos and trailers. The clip must not exceed one (1) minute in length. If you have applied for Talent Lab in previous years, we strongly recommend that you re-apply with a different film clip.
- Applications need to be submitted by the applicants themselves, not by third parties (i.e. assistants, co-workers etc.).
- Financial assistance may be available for selected applicants.
- Online Applications must be submitted by 5pm EST. on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.
- All applicants must also send a digital one-minute clip to email@example.com via file transfer websites (please see below for more information on the format and website suggestions).
The clip must be received by 10am EST on Monday, June 10, 2013
Information on One-Minute Clip to Be Submitted
H.264 in Quicktime Format (.mov files)
1080 x 720 pixels (minimum resolution)
- File Name
Files should be titled as follows: "Last 5 Digits of Cell/Home Phone # - Applicant Name - TITLE OF FILM".
- File Transfer Websites
The following websites can be used to send us your one-minute clip electronically: Dropbox, YouSendIt, and WeTransfer.
Please note that we no longer accept physical DVDs.
Demo reels, trailers and music videos will not be accepted. Clips cannot exceed one (1) minute in length. Submissions of full-length films with time-codes to be played will not be considered by the jury.
All applicants to Talent Lab will be notified about the status of their applications by July 30, 2013.
For more information on Talent Lab, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org