Sundance Institute's commitment to supporting Native American artists is woven throughout our history. Native American filmmakers have long been involved in the Institute, going back to Larry LittleBird (Taos Pueblo) and Chris SpottedEagle (Houmas Nation) who participated in the first meetings founding Sundance Institute. Following President and Founder Robert Redford's original vision, the Institute has remained committed to supporting the voices of Native American artists.
The Program is currently seeking US-based Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian filmmakers with short film screenplays that are no longer than 15 pages to consider for this Fellowship. Projects will be reviewed and selected based on their originality of voice and vision and their likelihood of being produced within 2017. The writer/director is encouraged to have a producer prior to selection. The writer/director will be the recipient of travel and accommodations to participate in the Residential Lab, a three-stage grant contract providing funds supporting pre-production, production and post- production, and attendance at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
The Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program, in collaboration with the Honolulu Museum of Art, will host a story-focused lab on May 14-16, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The goal of this lab is to provide Indigenous artists based in Hawaii with support and mentorship by Creative Advisors as they develop their short film screenplays.
In order to eligibly apply to this lab, you must meet the following requirements:
Applications for this event were due March 4, 2016.
The Native Program has built and sustained an Indigenous film circle. The cycle of our work begins by scouting for and identifying Native American and Indigenous artists, bringing them through the mechanisms of support at Sundance Institute to get their work made and shown, then bringing the filmmakers and their work back to native lands. The Native Lab Fellowship has been a vital part of supporting Native filmmakers full-circle since 2004. Four projects were selected annually for the Fellowship from a national competition and supported in two phases over the course of a year. Starting in 2015 the Fellowship will be restructured to pilot a Shorts Production Fellowship for emerging Native American filmmakers.
|Application||The application for the 2017 Native Filmmaker Lab is currently closed.|
|Dates||May 14-19, 2017|
|Grant Pool||2 projects|
|Location||Santa Fe, New Mexico|
|Eligibility||Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaskan Native film artists working in the U.S.|
|Description||Fellowship to provide direct support to emerging Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaskan Native film artists working in the U.S. The Fellowship will support first time filmmakers through the process of shooting a short film under the guidance of a Supervising Producer and mentoring Director.|
|Application||Applications for this lab will be available October 30 - November 17, 2017.|
|Dates||2018 Sundance Film Festival|
|Grant Pool||4 to attend the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and other TBD Native Program events|
|Location||Park City, Utah|
|Eligibility||Native American youths (18-24) to be selected from communities in Michigan and New Mexico|
|Description||The Full Circle Fellowship aims to support the next generation of Native American storytellers. This fellowship will provide opportunities to explore a career as a filmmaker and storyteller, attendance at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, a set internship at the Native Filmmakers Lab to gain hands-on film production experience, and a trip to Los Angeles with a schedule of production facilities tours, meetings with industry mentors, and film screenings.|
|Application||Applications for this lab will be available October 23 - November 6, 2017.|
|Dates||2018 Sundance Film Festival; Sundance Producers Summit August 2018|
|Grant Pool||2 Projects|
|Location||Sundance Resort, Utah and Park City, Utah|
|Eligibility||Native American producers|
|Description||Identifies emerging US-based Native producers and supports their professional development and the advancement of their projects. Supports attendance at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, attendance at the 2018 Creative Producing Summit, travel to an international film market, and includes a grant to help advance their project.|
Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program Presents: FNX season 2 premiere and Class X Youth Awards
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Santa Fe, NM
Thursday, August 20, 4:30 - 7 pm
4:30 PM. Screening
6:00 PM. Awards Presentation and Reception
LaDonna Harris: The Art of Self Determination Contemporary Indigenous Discourse Series
Allan Houser Art Park, Santa Fe, NM
Saturday, August 22, 3-5 PM
3 – 4p.m. Panel Discussion
4 – 5p.m. Reception
MoCNA creates a forum in the Southwest for Indigenous peoples to share knowledge and strategies for advancing tribal self-determination within an era of intense globalization. This panel will consider the impact of LaDonna Harris who has led an extensive life of Native political and social activism, and is now passing on her traditional cultural and leadership values to a new generation of emerging Indigenous leaders. Featuring leading Indigenous thinkers, LaDonna Harris, President of Americans for Indian Opportunity; Kevin Gover, Executive Director of the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution; Mark Macarro, Tribal Chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians; Laura Harris, Executive Director of Americans for Indian Opportunity; and Bird Runningwater, Director, Native American and Indigenous Programs, Sundance Institute. Moderated by Andrea R. Hanley, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Membership + Program Manager. This program highlights LADONNA HARRIS: INDIAN 101, a documentary by filmmaker, Juliana Brannum which will be shown in the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Helen Hardin Media Gallery from August 20 - October 20.
The Sundance Institute Native American and Indigenous Program is supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Time Warner Foundation, Ford Foundation, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, SAGindie, Comcast-NBCUniversal, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Embassy of Australia, Indigenous Media Initiatives, Taika Waititi, The White Feather Foundation, Fenton Bailey and Billy Luther, and Pacific Islanders in Communications.