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The Film Lab

The Film Lab

The 6th annual Film Lab, presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka


Submissions now closed

Finalist news coming soon.

The Sun Valley Film Festival, Presenting Sponsor Tito’s Handmade Vodka, The Farm, Variety, and the Austin Film Society team up to give one lucky filmmaking team a prize of up to $185,000* worth of post-production services from the Farm in Los Angeles so they can prepare their work-in-progress film for a big splash in the 2020 Festival Circuit.

The winning filmmakers will also receive personalized feedback from Film Lab judge, Academy Award winner PETER FARRELLY (Green Book).

This year’s Film Lab event will take place in Austin, TX on October 10th, with the work-in-progress screening hosted by the Austin Film Society. After the screening, filmmakers will have the chance to receive feedback from a discerning audience that includes Industry, filmmakers, and film lovers, during a moderated discussion. Armed with curated feedback, the winning filmmakers will take their film through final steps with The Farm, who will provide post-production services including color, sound mixing and deliverables.

The SVFF Film Lab provides vitalizing encouragement and practical support to emerging and established filmmakers as they ready their film for audiences. Through access to rare opportunities, industry expert guidance, financial support and unique platforms for showcasing their work, The Film Lab and its presenting Sponsors, help filmmakers cross the finish line.

The prize amount is determined on a project by project basis taking into consideration the winning project’s needs as determined by SVFF and the Farm in their discretion; $185,000 is the maximum total for awarded services rendered by the Farm.

Call for Entries

  • Early Bird Deadline: August 9th
  • Regular Deadline: August 30th
  • Late Deadline: September 23rd

Submissions exclusively through FilmFreeway

Peter Farrelly will judge this year’s Film Lab. Farrelly is a two-time Academy Award winner who has garnered notable and global commercial success and accolades by writing, directing and producing numerous heartfelt and raucously funny film and television projects for a quarter of a century.

His latest film, Green Book, starring Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, and Linda Cardellini debuted in the fall of 2018 and quickly became a favorite amongst moviegoers and critics alike. This solo project was a departure for Farrelly, earning him two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards including Best Picture and Best Screenplay, the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer’s Guild Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures as well as the Best Picture Award from the National Board of Review. Written, directed and produced by Farrelly, Green Book was included in over 25 critics‘ top ten lists for 2018 and won the coveted Audience  Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. Farrelly received nominations from BAFTA, the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Director’s Guild of America and the Writer’s Guild of America.


  • All participants must be 21 and over to be eligible.
  • A Project must be a “Work In Progress,” with no screening engagements prior to December 2019.
  • A Project must be in process beyond first assembly; while editing does not have to be finished, the Project is expected to be past the rough-cut phase [missing elements like sound design, color correction, score, VFX, etc. is understandable and expected].
  • The winning participant must agree to screen the Project as a work-in-progress at The Film Lab event in Austin, TX on October 10th, 2019.
  • The winning participant must agree to screen the Project during the Sun Valley Film Festival in March 2020.
  • Any Project currently available to the public on the internet, DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, that has had significant television play, or currently in wide theatrical release is not eligible.


The Lab Award

The winning participant will be eligible for the following:

  • Travel & lodging for the director and producer of the Project to/from Austin in October, 2019
  • Up to $185,000 worth of post-production services from the Farm at its post-production facilities located in Los Angeles, CA. The services to be provided by the Farm shall be subject to a separate agreement between the winning participant and the Farm. The Farm will not cover the costs for VFX, FOLEY, and MUSIC RIGHTS but can help negotiate deals for those services on behalf of the filmmakers. A full list of included services will be shared with finalists.
  • The prize amount is determined on a project by project basis taking into consideration the winning project’s needs as determined by SVFF and the Farm in their discretion; $185,000 is the maximum total for awarded services rendered by the Farm.
  • The benefit of SVFF marketing and promotion of the competition and the issuance of The Film Lab Award.


Credit and other Obligations

Each of SVFF, Tito’s and The Farm shall be individually credited as follows “Made with the Support of [_______]” in the end credits of the completed Project.
The winning participant agrees that it must enter into a separate agreement with each of SVFF, Tito’s and The Farm that acknowledge the contribution to the Project. The agreement shall contain customary terms and conditions generally found in agreements for the provision of services and capital contributions in the United States entertainment industry and shall be negotiated in good faith between the winning participant and SVFF.

* Full Rules, Terms & Conditions, and pricing on FilmFreeway listing



Farm LA, which is partnering to provide up to $185,000.00 of post-production services to the winning project, was founded in the UK and established itself is a premiere post production house, prior to moving to LA. The Farm is unique in that it is one of the only post production houses in LA that offers picture and sound finishing under one roof.


Tito’s Handmade Vodka is America’s Original Craft Vodka. In 1997, Bert “Tito” Beveridge, now a 50-something geophysicist, obtained the first legal permit to distill in Texas and created Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Tito’s distills its corn-based vodka using old-fashioned pot stills and the vodka is naturally Gluten-Free. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is distilled and bottled by Fifth Generation Inc. in Austin, Texas, and is available in Liter, 1.75L,750ml, 375ml, 200ml and 50ml sizes. For more information, visit www.titosvodka.com.


Variety has been the seminal voice of the entertainment industry for 113 years and counting. Featuring award-winning breaking news reporting, insightful award-season coverage, must-read feature spotlights and intelligent analysis of the industry’s most prominent players, Variety is the trusted source for the business of global entertainment. Read by a highly engaged audience of industry insiders, Variety’s multi-platform content coverage expands across digital, mobile, social, print and branded content, events and summits.


Founded in 1985 by filmmaker Richard Linklater, AFS creates life-changing opportunities for filmmakers, catalyzes Austin and Texas as a creative hub, and brings the community together around great film. AFS supports filmmakers’ career leaps through grants, support services, and professional development programs. The AFS Cinema is an ambitiously programmed, non-profit arthouse cinema with broad community engagement. By hosting premieres, special events, local and international industry events, and the Texas Film Awards, AFS shines the national spotlight on Texas filmmakers while connecting Austin and Texas to the wider film community. AFS is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. To learn more about the AFS Cinema or about Austin Film Society’s mission visit:www.austinfilm.org and follow @AustinFilm on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.






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