ABOUT the program

The Moving Picture Institute's Rising Filmmaker Program supports filmmakers who are committed to developing and producing marketable projects about human freedom. 

We have supported the careers of over 100 producers, directors, editors, and screenwriters. Participants work closely with mentors, take part in workshops and masterclasses, and have the opportunity to see their work produced by MPI.

apply to the program

We encourage filmmakers who are interested in Rising Filmmaker Program support to first participate in one of our screenwriting workshops. Projects developed in our workshops are given preference for production as MPI Originals. 

Applications may be submitted at any time, but please note that we review them on a cyclical basis three times per year. Due to the high volume of submissions, we only contact applicants who advance to the next round of consideration. Only online applications are accepted. Please do not mail or call


Application information for 2019 forthcoming

MPI has been my ticket into the world of film. Now I feel responsible for working my tail off to make films that move and inspire people.
— Moving Picture Institute filmmaker