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newportFILM lab

newportFILM’s Cinematography Lab provides creative support and mentorship to emerging, New England-based documentary cinematographers positioned to have lasting impact within the industry. Bringing together six fellows, three mentors and guests, this immersive weekend creates a vital space for participants to share work, reflect on their process and connect around the aesthetic and industry issues confronting DPs working today. Workshops and discussions are facilitated by critically acclaimed filmmakers from across the country, serving as mentors and advisors during this enriching three day retreat. 

newportFILM lab is hosted at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, a wildlife sanctuary and education center with more than 325 acres of diverse habitats and seven miles of hiking trails.

Who Should Apply?
New England-based (CT, RI, MA, NH, ME, VT) documentary cinematographers early to mid-career currently working on a documentary film project.

2023 Dates
The newportFILM lab will be held Friday, October 20th through Sunday, October 22nd.

Travel and Accommodation

Food and lodging will be fully subsidized for those accepted into the lab. Each cohort member will receive a $500 travel stipend to offset travel costs to Newport, Rhode Island. Participants will stay at the Norman Bird Sanctuary.

Application now open


2022 Fellows
Antonia Colodro, Justin Deegan, Daniel Götz, Lauretta Prevost, Serena Violet Hodges and Jane Macedo Yang

2022 Mentors
John Behrens, Nicole Hirsch Whitaker and Robb Moss

2019 Fellows
Nausheen Dadabhoy, Jessica Earnshaw, Lucas Guilkey, Dana Kalmey, Robert Kolodny, Souki Mehdaoui and Christina Shaman

2019 Mentors
Shana Hagan, Nelson Hume and Robb Moss