2023 Feature Film Producers Track Application
Applicants to the Feature Film Producers Track will be considered for two opportunities: the Producers Lab & Fellowship (yearlong program, commencing July 2023) and the Producers Intensive (two-day program in fall 2023).
The Feature Film Producers Fellowship is a yearlong program designed to nurture emerging producers with project-specific support through the Producers Lab and Producers Summit, a grant to support the producer and the project, year-round mentorship from a dedicated industry mentor, and ongoing support from Sundance Institute staff. 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.
The Feature Film Producers Intensive provides emerging producers with the opportunity to hone their craft in a two-day concentrated workshop. The program provides creative, strategic, and professional development support for producers from traditionally underrepresented communities who are poised to take the next step in their filmmaking career. Like the residency lab, the intensive features interactive group sessions and roundtable conversations with producer and industry advisors on topics including the producer/director collaboration, pitching, legal and business affairs, packaging and financing, budgeting, and sustainability, and fosters community among the participants.
There is a separate Producers Track application for producers working on a documentary film. More information can be found about support for nonfiction projects on the Documentary Film Program page.
Application Open: Wednesday, November 16, 2023, 10 a.m. MT
Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 15, 2023, 6 p.m. MT
Producers Lab Dates: July 24–27, 2023; Producers Summit: July 28–July 30, 2023
Number of Fellows: 5
Location: Sundance Mountain Resort
Producers Intensive dates: Late October 2023
Number of Fellows: 5
- Candidates must have produced at least one short or feature-length narrative or documentary film, but no more than two narrative features total as lead producer. This does not include co-producer, associate producer, or executive producer credits.
- Candidates must have a completed scripted narrative feature-length project in hand, with a director attached to the project.
- Candidates must have a legal agreement in place through which they control the project (e.g. an option, attachment or shopping agreement).
- Candidates may not be involved as a writer or director of the submitted project.
- Candidates must live in the United States, though the project may be filmed internationally.
Applicants will need to provide the following information and materials via the online application by February 15, 2023, at 6 p.m. MT:
- Contact info: We will use the email address you provide to correspond with you moving forward. Please make sure email@example.com is cleared in your spam filter!
- Project logline (75-word max)
- Project synopsis (750-word max)
- Director’s artistic statement (500-word max): This statement should detail the director’s creative intent for the film, which can include the genesis of the story, particular themes of interest, visual style, and their personal connection to the material.
- Additional information (optional; 500-word max): This should include any additional information such as status of the project, cast or crew attachments, or other producers attached who are not applying for the fellowship and their roles on the project.
- Bios (300-word max each): Bios should be included for the applying producer(s), the screenwriter(s), and the director(s). Please specifically list all notable credits, accolades, education, and experience. For any previous work listed, please note the format of the work (e.g., short film, feature, or episodic; fiction or nonfiction).
- Essay questions (500-word max each): You will be asked to answer a series of seven essay questions that will allow us to better understand your point of view as a producer and also why you want to make the project you are applying with.Click here to view the sample essay questions.
- Letter of recommendation: You will be asked to upload one letter of recommendation in PDF form. Your recommender should be someone familiar with your prior creative work, such as a filmmaking colleague or professor, but they do not necessarily need to be someone familiar with your submitted project. The recommender should not be attached to the project in any position. (For example, the recommender cannot be the writer, director, co-producer, cinematographer, etc.) If you are applying as a team, you can submit one joint letter or separate letters. Your letter must be uploaded by the deadline in order for you to submit your full application.
- Application fee of $40 (credit card only)
- Please note: No scripts or additional materials are accepted at this stage.
Applicants will be notified on a rolling basis as to whether or not their application is progressing to the next stage of the selection process. Please be prepared to submit the following materials, should you be selected for the second round:
- Updated project synopsis (750-word max)
- Full script: Upload the most current draft of your script in PDF form.
- Visual materials (optional): If you have visual materials such as a lookbook or project deck, you may upload a PDF of no more than 40 MB.
- Directing sample: You will be asked to provide a link (and password, if applicable) to one directing sample for the director attached to your project, if such a sample is available. This sample should be recent and relevant to the project you are submitting, and it should also be a complete work (i.e., not a compilation reel). If your project has more than one director, please submit a sample that reflects their work as a team, if possible.
- Producing sample: You will be asked to provide a link (and password, if applicable) to a producing sample that is recent and relevant to the project you are submitting. If you are submitting as a producing team, you can upload one sample that represents the team or two individual samples. Please submit complete works, not compilation reels.
All applicants will receive notification of their application’s first-round status via email no later than March 24, 2023. For those advancing to the second round, notification of final status will be sent via email on or before June 12, 2023. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unfortunately unable to provide any feedback on individual projects. If you have additional questions about the 2023 Feature Film Producers Track, click here for our FAQ.
If you have further questions after reviewing our FAQ, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The timeline for the 2023 Feature Film Producers Track application is as follows:
|November 16, 2022||Application available online|
|February 15, 2023||Application closes at 6 p.m. MT|
|March 24, 2023||Deadline for notification of first-round status|
Invitations to the second round are made on a rolling basis, and you should be prepared to submit a full draft of the script along with directing and producing samples beginning March 9, 2023.
|June 13, 2023||Deadline for notification of final selections for the Producers Lab & Fellowship and Producers Intensive|
2023 Producers Intensive Program Dates
Late October 2023 Producers Intensive (2 days on Zoom)
2023 Producers Fellowship Year:
|July 7, 2023||Start of the 2023 Fellowship|
|July 24–27, 2023||Producers Lab (at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah)|
|July 28–July 30, 2023||Producers Summit (at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah)|
|June 30, 2024||End of the 2023 Fellowship|
Should you be selected to participate in the Producers Fellowship, you will be asked to continue the spirit of giving back. Since securing funding for the Institute’s programs is a consistent challenge, we request that lab alumni whose projects are produced contribute to the Institute’s work to support new generations of emerging filmmakers. Please note: The contribution should be a line item in the budget of the Fellowship-supported film; it is not an out-of-pocket cost for the Producer.
If the project is produced for a gross budget equal to or less than $1,500,000, no contribution is due to the Institute.
If the project is produced for a gross budget between $1,500,01 and $3,000,000, the owner will make a contribution to Sundance Institute in an amount of $4,500.
If the project is produced for a gross budget between $3,000,001 and $5,000,000, the owner will make a contribution to Sundance Institute in an amount of $7,000.
If the project is produced for a gross budget that is equal to or exceeds $5,000,001, the owner will make a contribution to Sundance Institute in an amount of $9,500.
All payments are due within 10 business days of the start of principal photography. Any revenue that is designated to Sundance Institute is allocated to the Feature Film Program and is used on an annual basis to provide critical support for the labs. Your ability to give back really makes a difference.
Finally, if selected for the Producers Fellowship, Sundance Institute will receive a credit line and logo placement in the film’s end titles, “This film was supported by the Sundance Institute Feature Film Producers Fellowship.”
If selected for the Producers Intensive, there is no give-back financial contribution. Sundance Institute will receive a credit line and logo placement in the film’s end titles, “This film was supported by the Sundance Institute Feature Film Producers Program.”