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2017 Documentary Creative Producing Lab

Application Deadline    Friday, February 17, 2017

Dates                               Lab - July 31 - August 4, 2017
                                         Summit - August 4 - 7, 2017
                                         Festival - January 18 - 27, 2017

Size of Fellowship         5 Producers

Location                          Sundance Resort and Park City, Utah

Costs                              There is a $25 fee to apply


●      Candidates must have produced at least one short or feature-length narrative or documentary film, but no more than two documentary features total as lead creative producer. This does not include co, associate, or executive producer credits.

 ●      Candidates may not be the director of submitted project.

●      Candidates must live in the United States, though the project may be filmed internationally.                                                                   

●      Candidates must be available for all CPI dates, above.

Sundance Institute will provide round trip economy travel, ground transfer and onsite lodging for the selected fellow for the specific dates of attendance. 

A year-long program designed to nurture emerging producers with project-specific support through the Creative Producing Lab, Creative Producing Summit, Sundance Film Festival attendance, year-round mentorship from industry mentors, 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 project.

Fellows are required to acknowledge Sundance Institute and the CPI support partners, to provide reporting at the close of the Fellowship year, and to participate in possible blogs, interviews, and panels. Fellows should be willing to give back to the Sundance Institute creative community through willingness to coach, advise, or mentor future Fellows from Sundance Institute.      


What you will need in order to apply:

CONTACT INFO                    We will use the email address you provide to correspond with you going forward.

LOGLINE                               (75 word maximum)

SYNOPSIS                              (750 word maximum)

VISUAL SAMPLES                 1. Current project sample
                                                2. Previous work (completed work, any length or genre)

For the applying producer, director(s) and editor(s). Please specifically list all notable credits, accolades, education, and experience. (250 word maximum each)

How and why did you originate/become attached to this project? What is your vision for the film and what drives you to tell this particular story. (500 word maximum)
Director's creative intent for the film, which can include the genesis of the story, particular themes of interest, and visual style. This must be written by the Director of your project. (500 word maximum)

PROJECT STATUS                  
What stage of production are you in currently? What is your strategy and general timeline for moving forward through production in the next 6-12 months? (500 word maximum)

Any additional information, such as status of the project, attachments, or other producers attached who are not applying for the Fellowship, and their role on the project. (500 word maximum)

ESSAY QUESTIONS (no minimum length)

1. How do you define the role of a creative producer?

2. What has drawn you to producing independent films? What skills and experiences do you bring to the task – from life, education and hands-on experience? Tell us something about your background and values as they relate to your desire to produce films independently.

3. What are the current creative challenges and opportunities for your project?

4. What skills and insights to do you hope to gain through your participation in the Lab and Fellowship?

5. What are the marketplace (ie. financing and distribution) challenges and opportunities for your project? Who is the audience for this film and what is the most effective way to reach that audience?

For additional questions, please see our 2017 Documentary Producing Lab FAQs.