Part incubator and part competition, the Unscripted Film Lab is inspired by Y Combinator and our narrative SmashCut Film Lab. It also comes with the opportunity to receive up to $90,000 to put toward your project!
After a robust application process, seven documentary projects will be selected.
Each project receives a $20,000 production grant to produce a 15-30 minute short doc or series. (Contingent on meeting certain requirements laid out in the rules and release agreement.)
You always need a Film Business Plan to get funding from investors.
After which, each film is judged by a panel of industry pros and the top three will move on to the next round. Those three projects are given an additional $5000 to execute a TalNexus approved marketing and distribution plan.
The film that achieves the most success in terms of its metrics and impact after a three-month “run” in the market, will win access to an additional $60,000 grant to use toward their feature length or series versions. This grant will be put into an escrow account while you raise funds for the remainder of the production budget. If funds cannot be raised, then a new production must be drawn up and approved to access the $60,000. Rest assured, we want your project to be made. You will have TN behind you the whole way.