AFI DOCS Impact Lab

Impact Lab

When armed with best practices that advance social and political change, filmmakers are able to truly shape the world. While the very institutions that grant us liberty are being challenged, there has never been a better time to learn from world-class advocates and campaign-tested changemakers at the AFI DOCS Impact Lab in Washington, DC.

"The AFI DOCS Impact Lab was one of the most insightful and rewarding experiences for me as a filmmaker."

"We all want to make a difference. You showed us how to go about it."


Produced by AFI DOCS and Raben_Impact, the fourth-annual AFI DOCS Impact Lab is a selective fellowship that kicks off with a three-day training program in the lead-up to the festival. Designed for filmmakers with issue-driven films who aim to create broader social and political change through the power of story and film, the Lab provides fellows with unique training opportunities in the areas of advocacy, grassroots communications, and grasstops engagement. In addition to exclusive training with some of the most sought-after tacticians in the social impact and political space, Lab fellows are connected with policymakers and Congressional aides working on legislation relevant to their films.

On the third day of the Impact Lab, fellows are given access to some of the industry's most impactful funders, and will have an opportunity to pitch their film's impact campaign. The Impact Lab is just the beginning of a year-long conversation with proven changemakers who will help you ensure your film meets the impact goals you define during the Lab.

Click here for more information about the 2018 Impact Lab films and filmmakers.

The AFI DOCS Impact Lab is made possible by: