Artist Opportunities

The Sundance Institute’s labs, granting, and mentorship programs operate year-round to support independent artists and bring exciting new work into the world. Several of our programs are now accepting submissions.

Fall Applications

2023 Feature Film Producers Track

The Feature Film Producers Track supports emerging independent producers with a work-in-progress fiction feature-length film to be considered for the Producers Lab & Fellowship and the Producers Intensive. Both programs provide creative, strategic, and professional development support through which participants build community with fellow producers and industry members, hone their leadership and problem solving skills, and develop strategies for pitching, financing, producing, and releasing their films.

Applications due on February 15, 2023.

2023 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellowship

The Sundance Institute and Adobe are teaming up to find our next Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows — emerging filmmakers ages 18 to 25 who are looking to take their careers to the next level. Submit your short film now to be considered for a year-long fellowship where you’ll receive mentorships, unique resources, and the opportunity to attend the 2024 Sundance Film Festival. 

Applications due on February 14, 2023.

2023 Sandbox Fund

The Sandbox Fund offers grants, engagement events, and other opportunities for independent artists seeking to explore the intrinsic link between science and culture through innovative storytelling. The program is administered by the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund, in collaboration with Sandbox Films.

Applications open January 9, 2023.

2023 Documentary Film Producers Track

The Documentary Film Producers Track supports emerging independent producers with a work-in-progress nonfiction feature-length film to be considered for the Producers Lab & Fellowship and the Producers Intensive. Both programs provide creative, strategic, and professional development support through which participants build community with fellow producers and industry members, hone their leadership and problem solving skills, and develop strategies for pitching, financing, producing, and releasing their films.

Applications due on February 15, 2023.

The Native Lab has been a vital part of supporting Indigenous filmmakers since 2004. The lab focuses on the specific development of storytellers from Native and Indigenous backgrounds, encompassing feature film and episodic work. During the Lab, Fellows will hone their storytelling and technical skills in a hands-on and supportive environment, including one-on-one feedback sessions with advisors and roundtable discussions. 

Applications open December 5.

Spring Applications

2023 Episodic Lab

The Episodic Lab is a six-day program that offers writers the opportunity to workshop a pilot script, while developing their writing and pitching skills. Working with accomplished showrunners, nonwriting creative producers, and executives, the Fellows participate in one-on-one story meetings, craft workshops, and simulated writers’ rooms, which together provide an elevated creative strategy for their material from key industry players in positions to advance their projects and careers.

Applications open February 8, 2023

2024 Development Track

The Development Track helps filmmakers find a visual language in an atmosphere where experimentation and risk-taking is encouraged. The development track has one open application that allows the artists’ work-in-progress fiction feature screenplay to be considered for programs, fellowships, and grants.

Applications open April 2023.