Film Music Program

About Film Music Program

Sundance Institute Film Music Program, led by Peter Golub connects composers and directors, giving them first-hand experience of the collaborative process, with the goal of nurturing the development of music in film. At the Sundance Film Festival, the Program raises the profile of music in film through a series of concerts, events and panels.


Fiction or Documentary: In recent years, Sundance has conducted two labs, one for fiction film and one for documentary. For 2018 we will be running one lab that will bring together filmmakers in both areas. As the line between fiction and documentary has blurred in recent years, we feel that the community of artists will benefit from cross-pollination. Composers will apply to the program as a whole and once accepted will be assigned either a fiction or documentary project to work on during the Lab.

  • Application The application for the 2019 Film Music & Sound Design Lab at Skywalker Sound is currently accepting submissions.
    Lab Dates July 9-22, 2019
    Size of Lab 8 Fellows
    Location Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA
    Film Music Program Welcome to the application for the 2019 Film Music & Sound Design Lab. The dates for the lab are as follows: July 9-22, 2019
    Eligibility The Program is focused on supporting accomplished composers from a wide range of musical backgrounds. This may include composers with previous experience writing for film, as well as accomplished composers working outside of film whose work is suitable for film scoring.
    Description The Film Music & Sound Design Lab at Skywalker Sound brings together fiction and documentary filmmakers, emerging film composers, and sound designers to explore the power sound has to heighten the impact of a film.

Advice for Applicants

Instead of trying to second guess what the Selection Committee is looking for, make sure and send music that is uniquely yours, that represents your original voice. Don't be discouraged if you are not accepted on the first try; it is not uncommon for an applicant to be accepted after several attempts.

Support for the Film Music Program

The Sundance Institute Film Music Program is supported by Time Warner Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, BMI, Christophe Beck and Jane WangBeck, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, The Film Music Foundation, and ASCAP (American Society of Composers Authors & Publishers).

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