The selection is carried out by a committee that examines the project applications. Two committees are organized annually: the first in the beginning of the year, and the second in the summer. Entries are closed after the reception of the 30th project. An announcement is published on Light Cone's website when the quota has been reached. All the projects received after this announcement and until the final deadline will be examined in the following session. Candidates may submit up to two (2) projects per session. Projects that were not selected cannot be resubmitted for future sessions.
This residency is open to both emerging and established film artists for short, medium, or feature-length projects for which shooting is either completed or still in progress, and it is available for films with or without the backing of a producer. Submissions should concern films currently in progress – proposals about re-grading older films will not be examined.
Only the projects that fall within the field of experimental cinema will be examined. No other criteria (format, theme, processing, length, nationality of filmmaker, etc.) will be imposed. The candidate must designate to what genre the project belongs to (animation, diary, cameraless films, etc). Light Cone will not consider documentary or fiction films.
The length of the residency is determined, in coordination with the filmmaker, upon project selection and according to the needs of the film. The residencies have a maximum duration of 2 to 3 weeks. In the case of feature-length projects, the residency can be prolonged up to 4 weeks upon approval of the Light Cone team.
Light Cone keeps a DCP of the finished work for its archives along with the possibility of screening it as a part of the residency or for its public activities.
After the end of the residency, and on the condition that the film is completed, Light Cone adds the film to its catalogue and makes it available through distribution. A special category for films made during the residency has been created. The filmmakers-in-residence do not automatically become Light Cone members. If they wish for their other films to be distributed by Light Cone, they are required to go through the same process as any other interested filmmaker and submit an application with a minimum of three films. In this case, the viewing committee will examine the application in order to determine whether or not to make the filmmaker a member of the association. If accepted, all of the filmmaker's films can automatically enter Light Cone's main distribution catalogue.
A special Scratch/Atelier 105 program of selected films that were produced throughout the year is presented annually at a public screening.
Light Cone does not cover travel and accommodation costs of the artists in residency.
HOW TO APPLY
Submissions are now open for the
second residency session of 2017 (September 25
to December 22). The application deadline is
Friday, June 16 (midnight).
(However, please note that the session will
be closed when the quota of 20 submissions has
An artist who has already been selected in residency cannot apply with another project for the next two years following the end of the residency.
To submit a project, the candidate is required to subscribe to the association by paying a fee of 30€. The candidate then becomes a Light Cone member and has free access to Light Cone's documentation center for one year.
Send both a print and digital copy of your project proposal to Light Cone (download and fill out the submission form below):
The selected projects for the second residency session of 2017 will be announced during the second fortnight of July on Light Cone's website.
Editing workstation: a Mac (12 core) with After Effects, Da Vinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro (version 7 and 10), and AVID Media Composer (latest version), equipped with two screens (Dreamcolor), two speakers (JBL), and a monitor for color-correction.
Pro Tools software and Avid Artist Mix controller for sound editing and mixing (to be used for a pre-mix, as Light Cone does not have a sound studio).
If the project requires a professional film scan, the filmmaker-in-residence will be able to take advantage of special telecine rates negotiated by Light Cone with a professional lab located in the Paris region (discount for most services).
Specialized equipment dedicated to encoding DCPs.