2020 Creative Producing Lab and Fellowship: Documentary Film
Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 5:00 p.m. PST
Lab Dates: July 27–30, 2020
Festival Dates: January 21–31, 2021
Number of Fellows: 5
Location: Sundance Mountain Resort and Park City, Utah
Candidates are required to have produced at least one short or feature documentary film as lead creative producer or co-producer (experience as an executive, associate, or line producer does not qualify).
Candidates may not be the director of their submitted project.
Candidates must be in active production or post-production on the submitted project.
Candidates must live in the United States, though the project may be filmed outside of the country.
Candidates must be able to attend all fellowship events, as listed above.
Sundance Institute will provide round-trip economy travel, ground transfer, and lodging for the selected fellows for the specific dates of attendance.
The Documentary Film Program’s Creative Producing Lab and Fellowship is a yearlong program designed to nurture emerging producers with project-specific support through the Creative Producing Lab, Sundance Film Festival attendance, year-round mentorship from industry mentors, and ongoing support from Sundance Institute staff. A $10,000 grant is also provided for costs of living and unsupported costs of project development. The program is designed to hone emerging producers' creative instincts and evolve their communication and problem-solving skills at all stages of their next feature film project.
Fellows are required to acknowledge Sundance Institute and the Creative Producing Initiative support partners, provide reporting at the close of the fellowship, and participate in possible blogs, interviews, and panels. Fellows should be willing to give back to the Sundance Institute creative community through coaching, advising, or mentoring future fellows. Accepted fellows also must provide a current producer’s agreement or memo of understanding for the project they have applied with.
NOTE: Only one application should be submitted for each project. If you are applying with a producing partner, please include both of your individual responses in the space provided, clearly labeled with each of your names.
To be eligible to apply, you may not have any role on the project other than producer or co-producer.