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Producers Program

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Producers

Program

Sundance Institute has long recognized the crucial role independent producers play in championing and amplifying original voices in filmmaking. Their vision and longevity are essential to the quality and abundance of independent cinema, and we are committed to deepening our support.

The Producers Program encompasses a year-round support in the form of  labs, fellowships, grants, and events focused on nurturing the next generation of independent producers as well as creating community and connection among independent producers.

Labs & Fellowships

The heart of the Producers Program is its labs, which identify and nurture emerging independent producers. There are two different lab tracks, depending on if your focus is in Feature Film (fiction) or Documentary Film (nonfiction).

Producers Summit

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 Institute created the Producers Summit, which takes place at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah.

Date July 28-31, 2022
Size of Summit TBD
Location Sundance Mountain Resort, Utah
Eligibility Curated through the full array of Institute programs

Awards and Grants

Feature Film and Documentary Film Producing Fellows each receive a grant that may be applied to personal expenses and unsupported costs for project advancement.

The Sundance Institute Producers Awards are $10,000 grants awarded to producers with films premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in both fiction and nonfiction categories. The awards are presented annually during the festival at the Producers Brunch.  

The 2021 Narrative Producers Award went to Natalie Qasabian  (Searching, RUN), and the 2021 Documentary Producers Award went to Nicole Salazar (Philly D.A.).

 

Advice for Applicants

The Producers Program is 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,  we are seeking passionate, bold, risk-taking, and creatively rigorous artists for all of our initiatives. 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.

Support for the Creative Producing Program

The Sundance Institute Producers Program is supported by an endowment from the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Charitable Foundation, with generous additional support from Amazon Studios, Cinereach, and SAGindie.

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