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2018 Native Filmmaker Lab

2018 Sundance Institute Native Filmmaker Lab Fellowship

Since its founding, Sundance Institute has supported three generations of Native filmmakers through Labs, Grants, Fellowships and the platform of Sundance Film Festival. As the Program sought to engage the fourth generation, it launched the Native Filmmaker Lab Fellowship in 2015. This Fellowship is aimed at supporting the production of fiction short films through a Residential Lab, grants, and mentorship. The goal of this Fellowship and Lab is to provide first- or second-time directors with funding and guidance as they direct a short film.

The Program is currently seeking US-based Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian filmmakers with short film screenplays that are no longer than 15 pages to consider for this Fellowship. Projects will be reviewed and selected based on their originality of voice and vision and their likelihood of being produced within the 2018 calendar year. The Writer/Director is encouraged to have a producer attached prior to selection. The Writer/Director will be the recipient of travel and accommodations to participate in the Residential Lab, a three-stage grant contract providing funds supporting pre-production, production and post-production, and attendance at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.


Fellows will be required to:

•    Participate in a series of Google chats focusing on key themes around legal issues, budget management, and pre-production.

•    Attend Native Filmmakers Lab to be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico May 14-19, 2018.

•    Maintain specific deliverable goals and accounting for funds used and spent.


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