The FLC Artists Academy taps into the rich New York film community to offer an immersive experience for early-career filmmakers, with an emphasis on creating opportunities for people from underrepresented communities.

Directors, screenwriters, producers, cinematographers, editors, production designers, sound designers, composers, and other craftspeople with a minimum of two years of work experience in their field are welcome to apply.  

Participants will join a three-day intensive workshop during the New York Film Festival, getting an opportunity to gain invaluable insight from experienced filmmakers, industry leaders, and Academy alumni. Panels, case studies, roundtable discussions, and networking opportunities will focus on the participants’ career development, the collaborative process of filmmaking, and strategies for making a sustainable living in their field. Participants will receive an NYFF badge and invitations to attend select industry events during the festival. 

Past mentors and speakers have included Paul Schrader, Christine Vachon, Steve McQueen, James Schamus, Nico Muhly, Ed Lachman, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Reinaldo Marcus Green, Ira Deutchman, Joanna Hogg, Sir Richard Eyre, the Safdie brothers, and more. 

Applications for 2024 Academies are closed. Notifications will be made by July 15.

Meet our past participants!

2023 Participants

2019 Participants

2018 Participants

2017 Participants

2016 Participants

2015 Participants