Development and Post-Production Tracks
For fiction feature writers, directors, writer/directors, or writer/director teams, there are two tracks to apply for support from the Feature Film Program: the development track (for projects in the screenplay development stage) and the post-production track (for features in picture edit.) There is one application for both U.S. and international applicants; regardless of where you are based, you can submit your work using this application.
The development track has one open application that allows your fiction feature work-in-progress screenplay to be considered for the following programs, fellowships, and grants:
- Screenwriters Lab (held annually in January)
- Screenwriters Intensive (held annually in March)
- FilmTwo Initiative (Intensive held annually in March; for filmmakers developing their second fiction feature)
- Sundance Institute | Comedy Central Comedy Fellowship
- Sundance Institute Asian American Fellowship
- Sundance Institute Feature Film Program Latinx Fellowship
- Sundance Institute Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and Commissioning Grant (for projects with scientific and/or technological content)
Our application includes questions to determine your eligibility for each program and fellowship, and you will automatically be considered for all programs and fellowships for which you are eligible. (There is no open application for the Directors Lab, which is typically populated by projects that have been supported through a previous development program.)
Applications for the 2020 Development Track are currently closed. Please check back in April 2020 for more information about the 2021 application.
DEVELOPMENT TRACK PROGRAMS AND FELLOWSHIPS
The post-production track has one application that allows a fiction feature film in picture edit to be considered for two programs:
- Editing Residency (held annually in June, attended by both the director and editor)
- Film Music and Sound Design Lab (held annually in July, attended by the director)
The application allows you to choose whether you would like to be considered for one or both programs. There is one application for both U.S. and international applicants.
Past projects supported through post-production track programs include The Fits, Crown Heights, Keep the Change, Nancy, American Animals, Un Traductor, Songs My Brothers Taught Me, and Frank & Lola, among others.
Applications for the 2019 Post-Production Track are currently closed. Please check back in early 2020 for more information on next year's program.
Post-Production Track Programs
FFP Fund: ONGOING ALUMNI SUPPORT
Every year, Sundance Institute provides more than $400,000 in financial support to Feature Film Program alumni through a robust (program of fellowships and direct artist granting designed to give lab-supported projects momentum at critical junctures in their development, pre-production, post-production, and distribution/marketing stages. These fellowships and grants are funded through a group of partnerships with very generous foundations, film industry companies, and individuals committed to the work of sustaining artists and advancing their work along their entire journey to connect with audiences. The Feature Film Program staff work together with our partners to award funds, considering impact, timing, urgency, and quality of work as key criteria.
International Screenwriters Labs bring the Institute’s Lab model to countries around the world. Working with local and regional partner organizations, we identify emerging filmmaking movements that are in need of developing creative and strategic infrastructures. Our Labs and other support are developed in direct response to the specific needs of these communities and filmmakers. After seeding Screenwriters Labs in Brazil, Mexico and Central Europe, we are currently running Labs in India and Japan.
The Institute’s Screenwriters and Directors Labs invite international filmmakers from all regions of the world to develop their work in residence at Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah. Each year, approximately one-third of the fellows selected for the Utah-based Labs come from outside the U.S. For both Fellows and Advisors, the Lab experience is deeply enriched by the presence of artists and projects representing the personal and cultural histories of filmmaking voices from around the world.
Between all the programs, FFP has supported international artists from over sixty countries making their first and second feature films, including:
|Guillermo del Toro Mexico
Alfonso Cuaron Mexico
Ritesh Batra India
Braulio Mantovani Brazil
Rama Burshtein Israel
So Young Kim South Korea
|Walter Salles Brazil
Lynn Ramsay UK
Andrea Arnold UK
Haifaa Al Mansour Saudi Arabia
Hany Abu-Assad Palestine
Andrey Zvyagintsev Russia
Continuum of Support
Mentoring, Connections, Advocacy
In an increasingly complex landscape for independent films, we recognize the need for sustained support for filmmakers through every phase of the filmmaking process. In keeping with the Institute's commitment to provide long-term assistance to our alumni following participation in a Lab, the Feature Film Program provides access to a customized suite of support designed to help filmmakers realize the promise of their project and to offer strategies and resources to help the project reach its audience. In addition to ongoing creative and strategic support, the FFP offers access to a range of Sundance Institute's signature programs and initiatives:
Advice for Applicants
The Labs of the Feature Film Program are designed to give aspiring independent artists the skills and knowledge they need to develop their craft and advance their projects. While the specific criteria for participation differs across our various programs, for all of our initiatives we are seeking passionate, bold, risk-taking artists compelled to see their vision realized from script to audience engagement. We value filmmakers’ personal connection to the material, clarity of vision, and commitment to a rigorous creative process.
Support for the Feature Film Program
The Sundance Institute Feature Film Program is supported by The Annenberg Foundation; Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; YouTube; RT Features; Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation; Time Warner Foundation; Amazon Studios; NBCUniversal; Hollywood Foreign Press Association; National Endowment for the Arts; NHK Enterprises, Inc.; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; SAGindie; The Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund; Grazka Taylor; Philip Fung - A3 Foundation; The Ammon Foundation; Directors Guild of America; Writers Guild of America, West; Rosalie Swedlin and Robert Cort; and the Deborah Reinisch and Michael Theodore Fund.
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