The Docuseries Lab is a three-day remote workshop that will give filmmakers the tools and access needed to develop and present their nonfiction series to potential collaborators working in the series space. Through executive and peer mentorship, workshopping and fostering industry connections, Fellows will walk away with a deeper understanding of how the business works, as well as having tangible next steps to move their projects forward.

The program will elaborate on a range of topics, from funding and development to marketing and distribution, and each filmmaker or filmmaking team will receive a $3500 stipend to utilize as they see fit for their docuseries project.


The Docuseries Lab is open to emerging or mid-career filmmakers/filmmaking teams (directors, producers, editors and show runners) from communities typically underrepresented in the media industry, who have worked or would like to work in the docuseries space.

Filmmakers who have worked in features (fiction or nonfiction) and are looking to transition to the episodic format are encouraged to apply. Applicants must apply with a docuseries project in development and be based in the United States.


To be considered, qualifying filmmakers must complete an online application via Ford Studios’ Artist Development applications site. 

The application will require:

  • A logline and synopsis
  • A summary of topic and artistic approach
  • A proposed timeline, audience, and distribution and marketing strategy
  • Bios of key cast and crew
  • A link to view a past or current work sample


Tipstor® is seeking filmmakers possessing uniqueness of vision, career goals and a spirit of giving back to the community, and whose projects explore original, provocative subject matter. A maximum of ten (10) filmmakers/filmmaking teams and their projects will be selected to participate in the three-day intensive Lab.


Free for Members. Only Tipstor® Members are eligible.

NOTE: Until further notice, all Tipstor® Labs will be held virtually, via Zoom.