We have made our selections for the upcoming development lab in costa rica!

Congratulations to Lauren Augarten and Ellie Foumbi! Lauren and Ellie will be developing multiple projects with the Big Vision team. Learn more about them below.

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. 

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 December 4th-8th 2017!  

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

submission Dates:

Through May 1st: Early Submissions - only $25

May 2nd - July 1st: Regular Submissions - $40

July 2nd - September 1st: Late Submissions - $50

September 2nd - October 5th: Last Minute Submissions - $60

Here's Where we'll be:


The Finalists will be announced the first week of november.  The retreat in Playa Langosta, Costa Rica will take place 12/4-12/8, 2017!  All dates are subject to change.


About the Program

During the retreat, Big Vision Empty Wallet and the participating team(s) (1-2 will be selected, based on the scope of the projects) will work together to package projects, develop an audience building strategy, marketing and distribution strategy, and all business materials necessary to pursue financing, sponsorships and partnerships and get the chosen project made and seen.

What We're Looking For in a project submission:

  • A film (feature length only) or series that represents a unique perspective and takes the viewer into a world that they were previously unaware of.
  • 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?

Feature length films or series in any stage of development or production.

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 to two team members (you decide the team members that go) with a five day business retreat in Playa Langosta, Costa Rica. We will fully pay for 2 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 work together with The Creators to create:

  • An audience building and marketing strategy for the project.
  • A distribution strategy for the project, utilizing BVC’s existing network and relationships.
  • A sponsorships and partnerships strategy for The Project. BVC will share brand sponsor connections and consult on brand sponsorship materials. BVC will consult with The Creators on sponsorship outreach strategies and ways of working with sponsors.
  • All decks and materials to support the above strategies.

In some cases, we will package more than one project together on the retreat! 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.


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