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Creative Producing Labs

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.

Documentary Creative Producing Lab
Created to support the next generation of independent documentary producers as part of the Institute’s commitment to creative producing, this intensive five-day Lab brings together six emerging documentary producers with leading figures in the documentary field. Through Advisor presentations, intensive one-on-one sessions, and themed workshops, invited Fellows focus on their current projects to explore the wide range of creative solutions to practical demands on today’s independent producers, from fundraising and budgeting through distribution and creative outreach and impact strategies. At the core of the Lab is a focus on strategies for keeping creative storytelling at the center of producing decisions. This Lab is invitation only and open only to projects-in-progress that have received a grant from the Sundance Documentary Fund. For guidelines and to apply to click here.

Feature Film Creative Producing Lab
A five-day Lab focused on creatively strengthening Fellows’ narrative feature projects from script to screen. Through a series of one-on-one sessions with Advisors, as well as group sessions, Fellows explore their own creative take on their project and develop skills and a process for evaluating, developing, and implementing their material to reflect these ideas. Scripts are discussed alongside issues such as creative imperatives, marketplace valuation, and production challenges. Case studies are used to explore creative issues in pre-production, production, and editing processes, while techniques in communicating with writer/directors and potential production partners are also addressed.

The Creative Producing Lab is part of a year-long program designed to nurture emerging producers with project-specific support through Labs, grants, and long-term advisor relationships. Click here to learn more about the Feature Film Creative Producing Fellowship and Lab or how to apply.