FIDLab, the professional platform of the FIDMarseille, arose from a desire to help jump-start the production of fragile and unusual works. Neither a market nor a forum for promotion, the FIDLab wants to create a dynamic framework where production and artistic activities can intersect and expand. Selected filmmakers will be invited for the duration of the FIDLab where they will be able to benefit from the privileged environment offered by the festival, thereby increasing their production potential.
Every year the FIDLab will select film projects from those submitted and will organize for each director/producer individual meetings with producers, distributors, sellers, and international sponsors. After the festival, the FIDLab will provide a follow-up for contacts, accompanying the filmmakers and producers until their films are finished.
There will be an annual call for entries and registration will be online on the website of the festival www.fidmarseille.org. Registration fee is 20 €. Applications and accompanying documents will not be returned.
Selection in the FIDLab is open to persons from all countries and to projects of fiction as well as documentaries, whether they are at the stage of writing, development or post-production.
Each application must include the following elements:
-Profile of the production company
-Long version of the synopsis
-Detailed budget of the project
-Financial outline for the project, indicating what percentage of the financing is already in place
-Statement by the sponsors
-DVDs of previous films
Projects will be evaluated only after the foregoing documents have been received, both in 2 paper copies.
Decisions will be made based on: the quality of the project, previous works, and the producer’s commitment to the project.
The selection in the FIDLab will be announced on the website of the FIDMarseille, www.fidmarseille.org
The directors/producers of the selected projects agree to furnish to the staff of the FIDLab the necessary elements for the promotion of their projects to be included in the FIDLab catalogue.
The FIDLab catalogue, sent to international professionals all over the world in order to organize and prepare individual meetings, will also be available as a pdf on the website of the FIDMarseille www.fidmarseille.org, as soon as the selection has been mad
Prior to the event, the FIDLab staff will arrange individual meetings. Upon arrival in Marseille, each director/producer will be given a schedule of meetings that they agree to respect. A FIDLab space will be reserved for the meetings. Every morning, individual meetings of half an hour will be held; the afternoon is left free for the scheduling of additional meetings.
During the festival, filmmakers are expected to make a public presentation of their projects. The idea is to show images or visual references that will help to understand the film in gestation; this may include rushes, clips from other films as potential influences, composed photos, and other elements that will enable the viewer to better understand the project.
Selected filmmakers are invited to the FIDLab during its duration and will participate in the event. They are active participants in the daily program of films, meetings and events.
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