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 a New York Film Festival badge and invitations to attend select industry events during the festival. 

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

Applications for the 2023 FLC Artists Academy are now open here. Applicants should have completed at least two years of post-high school education (may include traditional college, apprenticeships, professional certification, participation in other industry labs, etc.) and will be required to submit a statement of intent and links to previous film work. They must be available to be on-site in New York City for the workshops and during the New York Film Festival. Filmmakers and craftspeople from underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply as part of our commitment to increasing representation in the film space.

The deadline to apply is June 2, and notifications will be made by July 14.

Meet our past participants!

2019 Participants

2018 Participants

2017 Participants

2016 Participants

2015 Participants