We receive over 1,000 applications annually from prospective participants worldwide across all of our film programs which makes attaining “program acceptance” HIGHLY COMPETITIVE. As a result we STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you to read this ‘application cheat sheet’ in grave detail as it will undoubtedly increase your chances of getting accepted into the program(s) of your choice.

 Application Process

Applications are submitted electronically online ONLY at: http://thecmg.wpengine.com/application/

To begin the application process you must do the following:

Application Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age or older.
  • Must be proficient in English, writing and speaking (additional languages welcomed).
  • Must possess and convey a passion for the pursuit of a career in the entertainment industry and/or creative fields.

Application Form

  • Personal Information:
    • Name
    • Address
    • Contact Info
    • Education Background
    • How Did You Hear About The Program?
    • Financial Aid Request (if applicable)

Introduction Video

  • Vimeo or Youtube link introducing yourself, telling us why you’re applying to the program.
  • 60secs or less
    • TIP #1: Be yourself! This video is all about giving us a sense of your personality, communication skills and knowledge of the film/tv industry.
    • TIP #2: Please be advised that if you are applying for “The Internship Experience” your intro video WILL be sent to potential Internship Host Companies and factored into your hiring process.
    • TIP #3: Relax. ‘Eye’ Contact.


  • Standard resume/cv detailing your experience, skills, education and knowledge of multiple languages (if applicable).



Application Timelines


Hollywood | Oct. 31st – Nov. 7th | 2018

General Application Deadline: Friday, September  28, 2018
Program Fee: NO Program Fee


Sundance | January 23rd – 30th | 2019

Program Dates January 23rd – 30th 2019
Early Application Deadline: Monday, October 1st, 2018
General Application Deadline: Monday, November 19th, 2018


Berlin | February 6 – 14th | 2019

Program Dates February 6 – 14th 2019
Early Application Deadline: Friday, October 12th, 2018
General Application Deadline: Monday, December 17th, 2018


Cannes | May 12 – May 26 | 2019

Program Dates: May 12 – May 26, 2019
Early App Deadline: Friday, December 7th, 2018
General Deadline: Monday, March 11th, 2019


Lions | June 16 – 22nd | 2019

Program Dates: June 16 – 22nd 2019
Early Application Deadline:Monday, March 11th, 2019
General Application Deadline: Friday, April 12th, 2019


Toronto | September 4th – 11th | 2019

Program Dates: September 4th – 11th 2019
Early Application Deadline: Friday, June 7th, 2019
General Application Deadline:  Monday, July 29th, 2019


AFM | Nov. 6 – 13th | 2019

Program Dates Nov. 6 – 13th 2019
General App Deadline: Friday, September 29th


Review Process

Applications are reviewed in their entirety as they are received. Our application review committee takes great care in selecting the candidates that best fit each particular program.

Acceptance Process

Each applicant will be notified via email within a three to four week period after the application deadline passes. Once accepted you will be notified of the steps to take moving forward as it relates to the completion of mandatory program documents and paying the program fee. You will be contacted by the Creative Minds Staff who will assist you with this process and aid you in preparing for program participation.

Deferral Process

If an applicant is NOT accepted into the program, the alternative options below are provided:

  • Wait List
    • For the festival and program you applied for and in the case one of the selected participants is unable to attend, their spot may be offered to you.
    • In some cases, this may be months or weeks before the program commences, so we kindly ask for your patience as there is no set timeline.
  • Deferral
    • You can elect to have your application reconsidered for a different program component within the festival that you applied for.
      • For example: if you apply for The Cannes Internship Experience, but do not get accepted you can defer your application to be reconsidered for: (a) Cannes Filmmaker Institute or (b) Cannes Networking Connection. This same concept applies across all programs.