The WFF Producers Lab is an intensive multi-phase project development program designed to accelerate the careers of up to six independent Canadian producers through the development of their original, scripted, feature projects and developing the skills to advance their career in all media.
Over the course of seven months, selected producers work intensively with key film industry advisors and mentors in individual, group and market-oriented development sessions to expand creative and business skills, and receive project-specific feedback to strengthen their ability to position their project for investment in the lead-up to the Whistler Film Festival.
- Phase I (May – September 2024) – Producers take part in an intensive four days of creative and business workshop sessions, followed by four months of ongoing customized one-on-one mentorship that facilitates script development and pitch package preparation with assigned advisors. The four-day residency will take place in person in Whistler, BC.
- Phase II (October – December 2024) – Producers take part in an online four-day intensive workshop focusing on business and market preparation. Phase II provides unparalleled access to key decision-makers in the industry.
- During the Whistler Film Festival, participants have access to scheduled 1+1 Market Meetings, masterclasses and will receive a complimentary Industry Pass (non-transferable) to the 2024 Whistler Film Festival and Content Summit.
The Producers Lab offers unparalleled access to high-level industry experts from Canada and around the world including story editors, directors, producers, distributors, broadcasters and key decision-makers.
During Phase II, Producers Lab attendees will also participate in WFF’s Power Pitch workshop, and may apply to participate in the Power Pitch Competition and pitch their project to some of the world’s top sales agents for motion pictures to compete for a prize package of over $36,000.
Producers Lab participants will receive a heightened public profile through the Whistler Film Festival.