How to Apply

(Egg)celerator Lab

For first- and second-time directors

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020 (Egg)celerator Lab.  To learn more about the (Egg)celerator Lab and get a head start on the 2021 (Egg)celerator Lab Open Call, please go to the Programs webpage or sign up for our newsletter.

  • Download the application questions from the 2020 (Egg)celerator Lab.
  • Chicken & Egg Pictures has opted into the Documentary Core Application. Learn more.

Chicken & Egg Award

For experienced documentary directors in the US

Unsolicited applications to the Chicken & Egg Award are not accepted. Filmmakers are invited to apply through a nomination process. Every year, Chicken & Egg Pictures invites a group of experts in the field from all around the country to nominate potential candidates for this Award.

To learn more about the Chicken & Egg Award, please go to the programs webpage.

Project: Hatched

A completion fund for nonfiction filmmakers

Unsolicited applications to the Project: Hatched are not accepted at this time. Project: Hatched is open only to AlumNest filmmakers and filmmakers who are invited to apply by Chicken & Egg Pictures team members.

The deadline to apply to step one of the application process for Project: Hatched 2020 was Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 3:00 PM EDT. Please check back here soon for the deadline to the new application cycle.

Docs by the Dozen

Short films and nonfiction series 

Unsolicited applications to Docs by the Dozen are not accepted. Chicken & Egg Pictures is currently building partnerships with media companies, film funders, distributors, and other corporate partners with the intention of commissioning shorts on a variety of subjects in 2019 and 2020. We will be announcing partnerships in the summer and fall of 2019.


Alumni program for Nest-supported filmmakers

If you are a Chicken & Egg Pictures grantee, request access to the private group here.