2019 Macon Screenwriters Intensive FAQ

  1. How do I apply?
    Applications for the 2019 Macon Screenwriters Intensive are available at apply.sundance.org starting April 8, 2019 and are due by 6:00PM ET on May 10, 2019. 

  1. Am I eligible for the Macon Screenwriters Intensive?
    The Macon Screenwriters Intensive is for filmmakers in Georgia, with priority given to writers based in or with strong ties to the Macon area.  If you are collaborating with a writing partner, you may apply for the Intensive as a team with a single application. If selected, both of you would be invited to attend the Intensive. Must be 18+ to apply.

  1. How many scripts can I apply with?
    You may submit up to two projects, but we encourage you to choose one project that is your priority in terms of moving forward. Please note that for each project, you must complete a separate application.

  1.  Can I submit a pilot or webseries?
    Yes. You can submit a pilot or webseries for consideration so long as you follow the application guidelines and submit only the first five pages of the project. 

  1. Can I submit a screenplay for a short film?

     No, screenplays for short films are not eligible for this program.

  1. How complete should the project be?
    Sundance Institute considers scripts at various stages of development, but you must have a full, completed draft of the project in order to be considered, even if the application only requests the first five pages.

  1. What is the date of the Macon Screenwriters Intensive?
    The Screenwriters Intensive will take place Saturday, June 29, 2019. The approximate schedule will run 9:00am - 7:00pm, inclusive of a reception following the workshop. 

  1. Is it possible to get an extension? What’s the final deadline?
    No, it is not possible to get an extension. You must complete the online application by 6:00PM ET on May 10, 2019.

  1. How will I be notified about acceptance? Will I be notified if I’m not accepted?
    All Screenwriters Intensive notifications will be made via email. You will hear from us either way, whether accepted or not, by Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

  1. May I apply with a script that has been submitted or supported elsewhere?

    Yes, we have no restrictions on material that has been submitted to or supported by other artist development programs.

  1. I don't have much experience. Does that affect my chances at acceptance in the program?
    Absolutely not. Sundance Institute seeks to foster exciting emerging voices, regardless of professional film experience.

  1. Do you consider scripts written in a language other than English?
    Although we often support projects that will eventually be produced in a language other than English, your project must be translated into English in order to be considered.

  1. Can I submit a project based on a novel?
    Yes, we will consider projects based on prior work, as long as you have secured the underlying rights to the material.

  1. What does the application include?
    The application includes the following components:

    • Bio(s) (150 word limit per bio) You may include a bio for up to two members of the creative team, although only the screenwriter(s) and director, if involved with development, will attend the Lab.

    • Cover Letter / Artistic Statement (750 word limit): Please introduce yourself and the project. There are no strict requirements for this letter, but we'd like to get a brief idea of who you are, what your script is about, your creative vision for the material, and a sense of where you are in the creative process. Here's an example of the type of information we're looking for: What is your personal connection to the material? What do you want an audience to take away from your project? How do you envision the script in terms of story, character, tone, and/or visual style? Is there a budget level you have in mind? Who is the audience you most want to reach? Why are you passionate about this story?

    • Please name 3 of your favorite films or television shows (or mix of both) and briefly share why they are meaningful to you (750 word limit)

    • Logline: a 1-2 sentence description of your project (75 word limit)

    • Synopsis: A brief summary of your project (750 word limit) Please include all major characters and story points, including the ending.

    • The first five pages of your screenplay or pilot. Please do not submit more than the first five pages.

  2. Would my ideas be protected?
    Yes, Sundance Institute does not share or distribute any materials.

  1. Do you accept scripts that have been submitted elsewhere?
    Yes, we have no restrictions on material that has been submitted to or has participated in other writing workshops or programs.

  1. How should I address my cover letter? 

     Please address your cover letter "Dear Reader,"

  1. What does the program cost?
    Participation in the 2019 Macon Screenwriters Intensive is completely free.

  1. Does Sundance own my screenplay?
    No. All Participants must own or have approval from the project owner to participate in Sundance Institute Feature Film Program activities.

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