CTC Documentary Lab

Program Overview

CTC Documentary Lab is a free mentorship program created for emerging Asian and Asian American filmmakers who are actively working on documentary projects. Depending on the stage of the projects, mentees can apply for either the development track or post-production track. Our two mentors will meet with filmmakers in groups as well as one-on-one situation, and offering advice on their individual projects, as well as on their overall career development in the documentary field.

Through the documentary Lab, CTC aims to create a platform for emerging Asian and Asian American filmmakers to share, discuss, and pitch their on-going project to their mentors and peers.

Development Track

Mentees will come with a concept of the documentary they want to develop, and discuss topics such as storyline, budget, access acquisition, fundraising, etc.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Materials:
    1. Resume.
    2. Cover Letter – Introducing yourself and your project. Tell us about the stage your project is at, your vision for the project and what help or support you would want to receive from the lab.
    3. Past visual work – It can be either a film, your reel or a clip from a film, no longer than 15 minutes. Please state your role in it, along with a password-protected link.
    4. Treatment (Optional)
    5. Visual Material (Optional) - If you have visual materials such as a project deck, you may upload a PDF of no more than 40MB.
    6. Trailer or sizzle reel (Optional)
  • Stage of production:
    In development, must either have a treatment, a look book or a list of access.
  • Project Type:
    Short or Feature documentary ideas are both welcomed
  • Applicant:
    1. Must have completed one film project before (short or feature) as director;
    2. Filmmaker must be based in the U.S. and be able to attend workshops in L.A.;
    3. Must be able to finish a proposal and pitch video within the six months of the program;

Post-production Track

For projects that have completed principal photography. This is a chance to screen it and get feedback among other mentees, as well as having one-on-one sessions with mentors on story structure as well as editing.

Eligibility 

  • Materials:
    1. Resume
    2. Cover Letter – Introducing yourself and your project. Tell us about the stage your project is at, your vision for the project and what help or support you would want to receive from the lab.
    3. A current rough cut to fine assembly.
    4. Treatment (Optional)
    5. Visual Material (Optional) - If you have visual materials such as a project deck, you may upload a PDF of no more than 40MB.
  • Stage of production:
    Project must have a first cut and significant time allotted in the schedulebefore picture lock
  • Project Type:
    For feature documentary, rough cut needs to be at least 40minutes; For documentary short, rough cut needs to be no longer than 45 minutes;
  • Applicant:
    Must be based in the U.S. and be able to attend workshops in L.A.;
    Project needs to meet at least one of the criteria:
    1. Key Crew includes at least one Asian or Asian American;
    2. Film topic is Asia or Asian-culture related

Confidentiality 

CTC Documentary Labs project submissions are evaluated by the mentor and CTC Lab committee. Project selection based on quality of the work and ability to benefit from the Lab’s curriculum and mentorship. Projects are not made available to anyone outside the committee.

Acknowledgement of Receipt

Shortly after submitting your Application Form, you will receive an email notification acknowledging that your form and screenplay have been received

Contact

For inquire, please send email to: documentarylab​@​chinatvcorp.com

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