Submissions are open for films and series for the next development lab in Costa Rica!

Final Deadline: 10/5.

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 will work together to package the project, 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:

  • 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.


SUBMIT a project!

We want to work with you in paradise!

Make sure you have a logline, synopsis, and bio handy before you access the form.  The submission form will help us learn a little bit about you and your project. If we need to see additional materials, like a script or treatment, we'll reach out to you directly.

If you make a mistake, you will be able to make edits before you check out.  Once you have submitted the form, you will need to use the shopping cart to check out.  If you have a discount or waiver code, you'll be able to apply it at checkout.  If you don't pay for your submission using the shopping cart, we won't receive it!

Costa Rica Development Program Film Submission
Costa Rica Development Program Series Submission


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 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 return, Big Vision Creative will be officially co-producing your project.

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.


In December 2016, we selected STRAIGHT TRIPPIN', a unique and modern travel series from two producers that we're truly excited to support.

straight trippin