Sundance Institute has long recognized the crucial role independent producers play in finding, championing, and shaping original voices in filmmaking. Their tenacity and longevity are crucial to the quality and abundance of independent cinema, and we are committed to deepening our support.
The Creative Producing Initiative encompasses a year-round series of Labs, Fellowships, granting and events focusing not only on nurturing the next generation of independent producers, but renewing the community of veteran producers dedicated to sustaining the vibrancy and vitality of independent film.
The core of the Creative Producing Initiative are its Labs that identify and nurture the independent producer. There are three different producing Labs throughout the year, depending on your area of focus: Documentary, Feature Film, and Native.
|Application||Open. Apply here.|
|Deadline||February 7, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. PST|
Lab: July 31 - Aug 4, 2017
Summit: Aug 4-7, 2017
Festival: Jan 18 - Jan 28, 2018
|Size of Fellowship||5 projects|
|Location||Sundance Resort and Park City, Utah|
|Description||A year-long program designed to nurture emerging producers with project-specific support through the Creative Producing Lab, Creative Producing Summit, Sundance Film Festival attendance, $10,000 grant support, year-round mentorship from one industry mentor, and ongoing support from Sundance Institute Staff. The Program is designed to hone emerging producers’ creative instincts and evolve their communicating and problem-solving skills at all stages of their next feature film project.|
|Giving Back||Should you be selected to participate in the Creative Producing Fellowship, you will be asked to continue the spirit of giving back. Since securing funding for the Institute's programs is a consistent challenge, we request that Lab Alumni whose projects are produced, contribute to the Institute's work to support new generations of emerging filmmakers. Projects supported by the Creative Producing Fellowship are asked to contribute 0.25% of their production budget calculated after the first $1 million (e.g. if your film is produced for $1.2 million, the fee due to the Institute would be $500). Additionally, Lab Alumni are asked to recognize the Fellowship with the credit, "Developed with the assistance of the Sundance Institute Feature Film Creative Producing Fellowship." Any revenue that is designated to Sundance Institute is allocated to the Feature Film Program and is used on an annual basis to provide critical support for the Labs. Your ability to give back really makes a difference.|
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LOGLINE (75 word maximum)
SYNOPSIS (750 word maximum)
DIRECTOR’S ARTISTIC STATEMENT Director’s creative intent for the film, which can include the genesis of the story, particular themes of interest, and visual style. This must be written by the Director of your project. (500 word maximum)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (optional) Any additional information such as status of the project, attachments, or other producers attached who are not applying for the Fellowship, and their role on the project. (500 word maximum)
BIOS for the applying producer(s), screenwriter(s), and director(s). Please specifically list all notable credits, accolades, education, and experience. (250 word maximum each)
ESSAY QUESTIONSYou will be asked to answer a series of seven essay questions that will allow us to better understand your point of view as a producer and also why you want to make the project you are applying with. Click here to view the essay questions. (500 word maximum each)
LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION Your recommender should be someone familiar with your prior creative work, such as a filmmaking colleague or professor, but does not necessarily need to be familiar with your submitted project. The recommender should not be attached to the project in any position. For example the recommender cannot be the writer, director, co-producer, cinematographer etc. You will be asked to upload a PDF of the letter of recommendation. If you are applying as a team, you can submit one joint letter or separate letters. Your letter must be received and uploaded by the deadline in order to be able to submit your full application.
APPLICATION FEE of $40 (credit card only)
NO SCRIPTS OR ADDITIONAL MATERIALS ARE ACCEPTED AT THIS STAGE.
|Application||Open. Apply here.|
|Deadline||Friday, February 10, 2017, at 6pm PST|
|Dates||Lab: July 31 - August 4, 2017
Summit: August 4 - 7, 2017
Festival: January 18 - 28, 2018
|Size of Fellowship||5 Producers|
|Location||Sundance Resort and Park City, Utah|
|Costs||There is a $25 fee to apply.
Sundance Institute will provide round trip economy travel, ground transfer and onsite lodging for the selected fellow for the specific dates of attendance.
|Description||A year-long program designed to nurture emerging producers with project-specific support through the Creative Producing Lab, Creative Producing Summit, Sundance Film Festival attendance, year-round mentorship from industry mentors, and ongoing support from Sundance Institute Staff. The program is designed to hone emerging producers' creative instincts and evolve their communication and problem-solving skills at all stages of their next feature film project.|
|Deliverables||Fellows are required to acknowledge Sundance Institute and the CPI support partners, to provide reporting at the close of the Fellowship year, and to participate in possible blogs, interviews, and panels. Fellows should be willing to give back to the Sundance Institute creative community through willingness to coach, advise, or mentor future Fellows from Sundance Institute.|
For additional questions, please see our 2017 Documentary Producing Lab FAQs.
As part of the Institute's evolving commitment to independent producers, and in recognition of their importance in the creation and distribution of independent film, Sundance created the Creative Producing Summit, which takes place each summer at the Sundance Resort in Utah.
|Dates||Aug 4-7, 2017|
|Size of Summit||42 Producers and Directors|
|Location||Sundance Resort, Utah|
|Eligibility||Curated through the full array of Institute Programs including the Sundance Film Festival|
|Description||Over the three-day gathering, the Creative Producing Summit provides a forum for top industry professionals, producers, and directors to focus on three primary avenues of dialogue: narrative producing, documentary producing, and the state of the independent film industry. Over 50 panelists representing the leaders of the independent film industry are on hand for a series of curated panels, case studies, roundtables, and one-on-one meetings. Each day's programmed events allow for a revolving series of conversations around critical issues producers face such as financing, distribution, audience engagement, marketing, and sustainability.|
The 2016 Creative Producing Summit took place August 5-8, 2016 at the Sundance Resort in Utah and included industry attendees such as Nicolette Aizenberg, A24; Len Amato, HBO Films; Michael Barker, Sony Pictures Classics; Jason Michael Berman, Mandalay Pictures; Caitlin Boyle, Film Sprout; Anthony Bregman, Likely Story; Ian Bricke, Netflix; Effie Brown, Duly Noted, Inc; Andrew Catauro, Ford Foundation; Daniel Chalfen, Naked Edge Films; Charlotte Cook, Field of Vision; Liz Cook, Kickstarter; Brenda Coughlin, Civic Bakery; Christine D'Souza, William Morris Endeavor; Paul Davidson, The Orchard; Philipp Engelhorn, Cinereach; Laura Turner Garrison, Vimeo; Bryan Glick, The Film Collaborative; Anna Godas, Dogwoof; Julie Goldman, Motto Films; Poppy Hanks, MACRO; John Hoffman, Discovery Channel; Kevin Iwashina, Preferred Content; Caroline Kaplan, Cinereach; Rosanne Korenberg, Miramax; Jessica Lacy, ICM Partners; Mary Ann Marino, Amazon Studios; Sophie Mas, RT Features; Zola Mashariki, BET Entertainment; Peter Muzzonigro, Operam; Lisa Nishimura, Netflix; Dana O'Keefe, Cinetic Media; Heather Rae, Producer; Jenny Raskin, Impact Partners; Ellen Rievman, The TAI Group; Jonathan Schwartz, Super Crispy Entertainment; Stephen Segaller, WNET; Courtney Sexton, CNN Films; Mary Jane Skalski, Next Wednesday; Tristen Tuckfield, Creative Artists Agency; Jay Van Hoy, Parts & Labor; Lynette Wallworth, Artist; Jamal Watson, Overbrook Entertainment; Hailey Wierengo, United Talent Agency; Alex Zahn, Sony Pictures Worldwide.
The 2016 Creative Producing Summit Projects and Fellows include 13th and Locust (Leah Natasha Thomas, Producer & Ted Passon, Director), 500 Years (Paco de Onis, Producer), Afronauts (Ryan Zacarias, Producer & Frances Bodomo, Writer/Director), Bend the Arc (Cori Shepherd Stern, Producer), Bull (Monique Walton, Producer), Charm City (Danielle Varga, Producer), Cleveland (Mike Milano, Director), Cooked (Judith Helfand, Director/Producer), Dey'Dey and His Brothers (Lisa Kjerulff, Producer), For Akheem (Iyabo Boyd, Producer & Nicholas Weissman, Cinematographer/Producer), Greywater (Jeff Unay, Director/Producer), The Grown Ups (Maite Alberdi, Director/Producer), Hot Clip (Vincent Reyna, Producer & César Cervantes, Writer/Director), The Industrial Musicals Movie (Amanda Spain, Producer & Dava Whisenant, Director/Producer/Editor), The Kitchen (Daniel Emmerson, Producer), The Last Black Man in San Francisco (Khaliah Neal, Producer), Leche (Marttise Hill, Producer & Julius Pryor IV, Producer), Monsters and Men (Elizabeth Lodge, Producer), Motherland (Ramona Diaz, Director/Producer), Mudflow (Tracie Holder, Producer), Nina (Natalie Qasabian, Producer & Eva Vives, Writer/Director), No Tribe (Laith Majali, Producer), Plaice (Aaron Schnobrich, Producer), Running North (Jesse Antoine Short Bull, Writer/Producer), Share (Tyler Byrne, Producer), Still Lives (Giulia Caruso, Producer), Stupid Happy(Mallory Schwartz, Producer), Sylvia & Marsha (L.A. Teodosio, Producer), Tupik: Inuit Ink (Holly Mititquq Nordlum, Director), Untitled Congo Project(Daniel McCabe, Director), When God Sleeps (Sara Nodjoumi, Producer), Whose Streets? (Jennifer MacArthur, Producer), Wild Indian (Lyle Mitchell Corbine, Jr., Director), The Wolf Hour (Alistair Banks Griffin, Writer/Director).
Feature Film Creative Producing Fellows receive a grant of $10,000 per participating project with $5000 to spend towards a living stipend and $5000 to spend towards pre-production.
The Creative Producing Initiative's programs are designed to give aspiring producers the skills and knowledge they need to pursue their craft. While the specific criteria for participation differs across our various programs, for all of our initiatives we are seeking passionate, bold, risk-taking, and creatively rigorous artists compelled to see their vision through to audience. Some things to think about while applying to any of our programs include your personal connection to the material, why you are passionate about this particular story, how you intend to realize the project creatively and logistically, and the impact you hope to have on audiences.
Sundance Institute Creative Producing Initiative is supported by Open Society Foundations; The Annenberg Foundation; Ford Foundation; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; Time Warner Foundation;Red Crown Productions; Steve Bing; Jeanne Donovan Fisher; Hollywood Foreign Press Association; the Joan and Lewis Platt Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; 3311 Productions; The Ammon Foundation; Compton Foundation; Firestone / von Winterfeldt Family Fund; Philip Fung-A3 Foundation; SAGIndie; Grazka Taylor; The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the Zygmunt & Audrey Wilf Foundation; Rosalie Swedlin and Robert Cort; the J.A. & H.G. Woodruff, Jr. Charitable Trust; John M. August; and Nancy Blachman and David desJardins.