Can I apply if I do not have a festival or broadcasting credit?

Yes, please demonstrate in writing your level of success with arts council grants, online distribution or related work in other areas of production, or applicable arts industry experience.

Can I apply with another member of my team?

No, only 5 total candidates can participate. We do not accept two participants for one project.

Can I still submit to The Launch if I’m applying for other grants or funding for the same film?

Yes, The Launch is a non-exclusive opportunity. You are still eligible even if you have applied for other funding. It is required, however, that the film be completed by July 31, 2024 should your pitch be chosen.

What kind of in-kind services are included in the pitch prize?

The in-kind benefits are yet to be confirmed but may include equipment rentals, post-production services, festival access, and more. The film created through The Launch program must be completed by July 31, 2024.

Can you share tips for making my application stand out with the selection committee?

  • Demonstrate a commitment to media creation and documentary film in particular. Cite previous experience as applicable.
  • Focus your application on one strong and compelling project that is ready to progress to the pitching stage. Only one project per participant can be workshopped throughout the program.
  • Illustrate your understanding of the viability of your project — project elements that require extensive travel, access, archives, music, or other potentially costly elements may detract from your application.
  • Share why you should be the one to tell this documentary story, and why now.

How much time commitment is required?

The two 60-120 min online workshops (Aug 10 & 17, 2023 subject to change) and on-site in Lunenburg at Lunenburg Doc Fest (September 23, 2023). The winner of the contest will have online mentor time (schedule TBD).

What is the cost of the program?

It is free to apply.

How long will I have to make the film?

Nine months for July 31, 2024 submission to Lunenburg Doc Fest.

If you have a question that is not answered here please email info@lunenburgdocfest.com

The Launch is presented with the generous support of CBC and Bell Fund.                   

Lunenburg Doc Fest acknowledges in-kind support from William F. White, the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP), 902 Post Inc., and the Centre for Art Tapes.