Submissions have closed for the next development lab in costa rica!

We will select two creators to develop projects with in Paradise. Stay tuned as we make our selections!

About the Program:

Here's What You Need to Know:

The next Big Vision Empty Wallet Development Program will be held in Playa Langosta, Costa Rica March 21-26, 2018!  

The selected creators will receive a FREE retreat in Costa Rica, mentorship, development support, business strategy, and more.

submission Dates:

Through December 31: $30

January 1st - January 31st: $40

February 1st - February 15th: $55

Here's Where we'll be:


The Finalists will be announced no later than the first week of March.  The retreat in Playa Langosta, Costa Rica will take place March 21-26, 2018!  All dates are subject to change.


About the Program

During the retreat, Big Vision Empty Wallet and the participating creators will work together to develop pitches and package projects, and create all business materials necessary to get the chosen projects made and seen.

What We're Looking For in a project submission:

  • A film (feature length only) or series that represents your unique perspective and voice as a creator. This may the be project we further develop as a team, but in most cases, we will develop new projects on the retreat.
  • Narrative or doc.
  • Can be anywhere from development through post production.

Your submission materials should be a reflection of you, both as an artist and as a person. We want to know who we're supporting!  More than anything else, your submission should reflect the unique, creative, badass team that you are.



What types of projects do you accept?

You can apply with a feature length films or series in any stage of development or production.  We might further develop that project in Costa Rica, or develop new projects that we choose together.

Do I need to live somewhere specific to submit?

You can live anywhere!  The flights will be covered from NYC to Costa Rica, so you'll have to get to NYC for the trip unless the flight from your city is a comparable price.

What do I receive and what does BVEW ask for in return?

The Creator (YOU!) retain all the rights to the concept and script, if there is one.  Big Vision will provide up two creators with a five day business retreat in Playa Langosta, Costa Rica. We will fully pay for round trip flights from NYC, transportation from the airport in Costa Rica, as well as all lodging at a private villa in Playa Langosta.

At the retreat Big Vision Creative (our production company) will provide current network mandates and facilitate development of one or more pitches throughout the program that we aim to move forward with when we return to the States. In return, Big Vision Creative will be officially co-producing your project(s). Due to the varying scopes of the projects we are accepting, all final fees, net profit participation, and sales commissions will be defined in an agreement that will be negotiated at a later date, according to industry standards.

Our 2017 participants:

 Ellie Foumbi

Ellie Foumbi

Ellie Foumbi is an actor/writer/director born in Cameroon. Her award-winning short film, Zenith, was a semifinalist of the 44th Student Academy Awards. It won several prizes, including the IFP Audience Award, Best Student Director and Best Short Script at the Rhode Island International Screenplay Competition. Her films have screened at several international film festivals, including BOGO Shorts, Champs-Élysées Film Festival and others. One of her feature film projects was selected for the IFP No Borders International Co-Production Market. Her producing credits include the Student BAFTA Award Winner and Gold Student Academy Award-Winning short film, Nocturne in Black. Also a recent IFP Marcie Bloom Fellow, Ellie holds an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts in directing.

 Lauren Augarten

Lauren Augarten

Lauren Augarten is a writer, director and producer. Her recent writing credits include RSVP, a short film that screened at the Atlantic Film Festival in Canada, and won Best Comedy Short at the Queens World Film. Lauren recently produced The Disgustings, a short film that was an official selection of Outfest, Newfest and Frameline. Lauren created the web series Same Same based on her experiences as a newly out lesbian in Brooklyn, NY, the pilot of which won the LGBT Category award at the LA New Media Film Festival, and was official selection at Newfest. It has been featured in the Huffington Post, Washington Post and GLAAD. She wrote her first play Define You at fifteen. It was published by Australia’s largest performing arts publisher, Currency Press.