Connecting producer-director teams with industry leaders to put projects on the Fast Track. Every year Ford Studios® selects up to ten fiction and five non-fiction feature projects to participate in an intensive film finance market. 

The market consists of meetings with top executives, financiers, agents, managers, distributors, granting organizations and production companies. Participants gain valuable exposure and build vital relationships as they propel their films toward completion.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Fast Track is open to any directing and producing team attached to a full-length fiction or nonfiction film. Fiction films must be in the development or pre-production stage at the time of application, while documentaries may be in principal photography or post-production.

The program is open to both experienced and first-time filmmakers, as long as they are actively seeking financing for their project. Writers seeking script sales or representation, or working without a directing/producing team, will not be considered. At this time, short film and episodic projects are not eligible to apply.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants must submit the following materials for consideration:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in Fast Track
  • One complete, feature-length screenplay or detailed documentary proposal
  • A logline and synopsis
  • Bios of the director, producer and other attached key cast and crew
  • Project status and history
  • A detailed finance plan (a budget is recommended but not required)
  • A narrative director’s prior work sample, or a rough-cut/clip reel for documentary works-in-progress

APPLICATION FEE

Free for Ford Studios® Members

$95 for non-Members

SELECTION CRITERIA

Ford Studios® is looking for talented filmmakers and determined producers with feature-length fiction and/or nonfiction projects that are compelling, original, and demonstrate a unique vision.

Projects need not have full or partial financing in place at the time of application; however, it is vital that each application demonstrate serious attention to the film’s budget from the creative team as a whole, and that applicants be able to articulate the reasoning behind their budget level.

THE FINE PRINT

Beyond the application fee, there is no cost or tuition to participate in any of Ford Studios®’ Artist Development programs. Depending on the nature of our involvement, Ford Studios® may require compensation and participation in certain film and television projects.

Ford Studios® Membership is not required when applying to any Artist Development Lab. However, all participants accepted into any Ford Studios® Lab is required to join our standard annual General Membership rate of $95. Applicants will be notified three to four weeks prior to the start of the program.

NOTE: Until further notice, all Ford Studios Labs will be held virtually, via Zoom.