2021 Creative Producing Lab and Fellowship: Documentary Film
Application Open: Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 1:00 p.m. PST
Application Deadline: Thursday, February 18, 2021, 3:00 p.m. PST
Lab Dates: July 26–29, 2021; Creative Producing Summit: July 30–August 1, 2021
Number of Fellows: 5
Location: Sundance Mountain Resort and Park City, Utah
Candidates are required to have produced or co-produced at least one documentary short (experience as an executive producer only does not qualify). Candidates must be lead producer on the project they are applying with.
Candidates may not be the director of their submitted project.
Candidates must have a director attached on the submitted project.
Candidates submitted project must be for a feature-length format; no series work accepted at this time.
(Note: Nonfiction series projects are considered through the Episodic Lab. For more information, visit the program’s page here.)
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.
The 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, year-round mentorship from industry mentors, and ongoing support from Sundance Institute staff. A $10,000 stipend is provided to each fellow (stipend can be applied to personal expenses or 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 production.
Fellows are required to acknowledge the 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’s creative community through participation in panels and labs, and possible peer-to-peer mentorship. 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 per project. We will consider only the lead producer on the submitted project. If there are additional producers, they must also be disclosed on the application. Additional producers are welcome to select events but do not receive the full benefits of lab participation.
To be eligible to apply, you may not have any role on the project other than producer or co-producer.
Further questions? Visit our 2021 FAQ page.
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