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Creative Producing Fellowship and Lab FAQ

How do I apply?
The application for the 2014 Creative Producing Fellowship and Lab is now closed. The application for the 2015 Fellowship and Lab will be available November 3, 2014.

What do I need to Apply?

  • Logline
  • Synopsis
  • Director’s Artistic statement (their creative intent for the film, which can include the genesis of the story, particular themes of interest, and visual style)
  • Bios of Producer, Director, and Screenwriter(s)
  • Letter of recommendation (for producing teams, we require either a letter for each applicant applying or a combined letter)
  • Essay answers
  • Application fee of $40 (credit card only)

Do you accept international submissions?
Eligible candidates must live in the United States, though the project may be filmed internationally.

If selected, when do I have to be available to participate and do I have to be there the entire time?
If your project is selected, you are required to be at the Lab, Creative Producing Summit, and Festival for the entire duration. If you have a scheduling conflict, we encourage you to apply in a future cycle when you are available.

What are the dates I must be available to participate in this Fellowship?
The dates for the 2015 Creative Producing Lab are July 27 – July 31, 2015. The dates for the 2015 Creative Producing Summit are July 31 – August 3, 2015. The dates for the 2016 Sundance Festival are January 21 – 31, 2016.

Can I reapply with the same project as last year?
Yes, although we encourage you to re-apply with the same project only if you have made significant revisions to the script and/or elements attached. In your application, please explain what changes have taken place on the script and project since last submitted.

Can I still apply if I don’t have a director attached?
No, we can only consider candidates with projects that have a director attached. Candidates may not be the writer or director of the submitted project.

I work with another producer; can we both apply with the same project?
Yes, teams of up to two producers may apply together with one project. If there are additional producers, they must also be disclosed on the application, but would not participate in the Fellowship if selected.

Can I submit multiple projects?
You may submit up to three projects, but we encourage you to choose one project that is your priority in terms of moving forward. Please note that for each script, you must complete a separate application and submit a separate application fee.

Do I need to have the rights to the script or underlying material in order to apply?
In the event you are selected for the Fellowship, you will need to provide a copy of your attachment, option, or rights agreement for the script and for any underlying material. In order to apply, you will need the approval of your director and writer acknowledging the submission of your project for consideration to the Fellowship.

Do I submit a script or other materials with my application?
No, you should not submit your script at this time. Starting on March 2nd , we will begin requesting additional materials, which include a full script, directing sample, and producing samples for applicants invited to the second round. All applicants will receive a notification via email if they are being invited to the second round no later than March 27, 2015.

Do I need to submit a budget with my application?
No, you do not need to submit a budget with your application, however, you will need to provide the overall budget number (e.g. $1.2 million).

Can my project go into production before attending the Lab?
Unfortunately, no. We consider the timing of your Lab and Fellowship to be a crucial component to selection. The Lab is designed, in part, to focus on your creative input and communication with your director and screenwriter on your Fellowship project. If your film is already in production or has already been shot, the impact and relevance of your Lab experience is lessened.

Who should I have write my letter of recommendation?
Ideally, your recommender should be working in the film industry (eg. producer, director, executive, film professor) and be familiar with your past work. They do not need to be familiar with the project you are submitting. If you do not have prior film work or relationships, your recommender should be able to address your past creative endeavors. If applying as a team, each applicant must provide a recommendation letter, or one letter addressing both applicants.

Where do I send my letter of recommendation?
You will need to supply the name and email address of your recommender in your application.  Once you complete your application, they will receive an automated email from Sundance to electronically submit their recommendation letter to us. We do not accept letters received via email or US mail.  Please make sure to give your recommender enough time to prepare the letter in advance, as we will need to receive it two days after the application deadline.

How will I be notified about acceptance? Will I be notified if I’m not accepted?
All applicants will be notified via email. You will hear from us whether accepted or not via e-mail no later than June 12, 2014.

I haven’t received my notification yet, but all my friends have! What’s wrong??
We deliver our notifications on a rolling basis, so please don’t panic. All applicants will receive a response via e-mail no later than June 12, 2014.

Does it matter if I’ve participated in other non-Sundance labs?
Not at all. We encourage filmmakers to utilize all of the resources available to them in furthering their work and their artistic development.

Can I receive feedback on my submission?
Due to the high volume of submissions, we are unfortunately not able to provide individualized feedback.

Does Sundance pay for my travel to Utah?
Sundance does provide air travel, lodging, and meals at the Lab and Summit, as well as air travel and lodging at the Festival for all selected Fellows.

Still don’t see your question answered here? Email producers@sundance.org with further questions with “Creative Producing Fellowship” in the subject line.