Submissions have closed!  Please be patient as we read through all of the submissions and make our final announcement no later than November 1st.

This will be our final development program in Costa Rica!

We're accepting feature length films (narrative or doc),  TV pilots, series, and multi-platform projects.  Projects can be in any stage of development, as long as they will be completed this year.

Here's What You Need to Know:

The next Big Vision Empty Wallet Development Program will be held in Playa Langosta, Costa Rica November 28th-December 2nd, 2016!  

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


April 5th - April 30th: Early Submissions - only $25
May 1st - June 30th: Regular Submissions - $40
July 1st - August 31st: Late Submissions - $50
September 1st - October 5th: Last Minute Submissions - $60

Here's Where we'll be:


Finalists will be announced no later than November 1st.  The retreat in Playa Langosta, Costa Rica will take place 11/28-12/2, 2016!

About the Program

During the retreat, Big Vision Empty Wallet and the participating team will work together to 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.  

Once the project has been selected, we'll attach appropriate mentors to help guide the project forward.

What We're Looking For:

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

Submission Requirements

The project submission should come from the writer, creator or producer of the project. We will be choosing one team (1 Writer & 1 Producer for a narrative project or up to 2 producers for documentaries). If there isn't a producer currently attached to your project you are still eligible, and we will help you attach one before the retreat in Costa Rica.  Multiple entries are permissible.


Do I need to live anywhere specific?

You can submit your work from anywhere! You must physically be able to be in Costa Rica for the incubator (11/29-12/3).

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.