▶︎ Solutions Inside Out is here! And, get the VC monthly to keep tabs.


Match Lab

A new initiative from the Video Consortium, Match Lab connects nonfiction storytellers, publishers, production companies, and funders to bring projects with a mutual mission to life.

Match Lab is currently closed.

Sign up to be notified when we reopen submissions with our next partner!

What Match Lab partners are saying:

We worked with Muddy Water, a NY- and LA-based production company and film studio, to find fresh, high concept nonfiction film projects to jumpstart its new documentary unit. Here's what the team said at the end of this successful collaboration:

"We received submissions for projects that we would never have had access to if not for this collaboration with VC — strong pitches about stories from dozens of countries spanning five continents. The filmmakers who applied ran the gamut, from ambitious students to award-winning journalists to documentary filmmakers who've succeeded at the highest levels. We can't wait to continue fostering relationships with the nonfiction filmmakers we met through our partnership with VC!"


Answers to frequently asked questions about Match Lab.
Why did VC decide to launch this program?

Programmers, funders, and acquisitions entities frequently request project recommendations from VC; concurrently, member-filmmakers and journalists frequently request help and advice on distribution and collaborations from VC. Match Lab, now launching in beta, seeks to connect both storytellers and stakeholders, to meet both parties’ needs — by putting power back into the hands of creators and helping to level the industry playing field. With Match Lab, our mission is to rely not on old-paradigm industry connections but instead on story, merit, and craft.

What kind of projects can I submit?

Anything nonfiction — features, shorts, series, no matter their stage. However, please note what Match Lab’s current partner is looking for, per above.

Who will be looking at my project submissions?

Project submissions are seen and reviewed by a very small number of core VC team members, and by essential stakeholders from Match Lab’s partner.

Can I submit more than one project?


My film is actually complete, but I still don’t have distribution yet. Can I submit?

Yes! But again, please note the current Match Lab partner’s needs. You’re welcome to submit your project anyway, for future partners to view.

When will I hear back on the status of my submission?

You’ll be emailed by Match Lab’s current partner if there’s potential synergy with your project. And, if you allow your project to be viewed by future partners (which you can approve at the end of your submission form), we’ll also include it for subsequent Match Lab partners to view and consider.

I’m not sure how to answer some of these questions. What should I do?

Send an email! We’re here to help.

My company is looking for fresh nonfiction content and we're interested in participating in future Match Labs. How do I get in touch?

Excellent. Also, email us.

Do proposals submitted remain the intellectual property of the applicant?

Yes. Unless you both decide to move forward in working together, IP remains yours. If a collaboration is explored, how your IP is treated is completely up to you and at your discretion, to be discussed with the partner.

Cover image courtesy of Muddy Water.