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2019 Documentary Creative Producing Lab & Fellowship

Applications will be open from October 29, 2018 - February 12, 2019
Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 5:00pm PST
Lab: July 29 - August 2, 2019
Summit: August 2 - 4, 2019
Festival: January 23 - February 2, 2020
Size of Fellowship:
5 producers
Sundance Resort and Park City, Utah
  • Candidates are required to have produced at least one short or feature documentary film as lead producer or co-producer (executive producer, associate or line producer does not qualify).
  • Candidates may not be the director of submitted project.
  • Candidates must be in active production / postproduction on 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 spotlight and nurture producers with both project-specific and personalized support through participation in the Creative Producing Lab, Creative Producing Summit, Fellows Program at the Sundance Film Festival. Year-round activities include mentorship opportunities, workshops, and ongoing support from Sundance Institute Staff. $10,000 grant support is also provided for costs of living and unsupported costs of project development for the Fellow. The Program is designed to hone emerging producers’ creative instincts and evolve their communication and problem-solving skills as well as increase access to and support from a community of peers.
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, 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.
If accepted, Fellows must provide a current producers agreement or memo of understanding for the project they applied with.


NOTE: One application per project.  If applying with a producing partner, within the space provided please include your individual responses with your names.
You must be only the producer or co-producer of this project to be eligible to apply.
What you need to provide in order to apply:
CONTACT INFO We will use the email address you provide to correspond with you moving forward.  
CONTACT INFO 2 (If applying with a producing partner)
LOGLINE (75 word maximum)
SYNOPSIS (750 word maximum)
VISUAL SAMPLE (2 samples)
1   Current project sample  (visual sample is required. No restriction on length)
2   Previous work (completed work, any length or genre)
PRODUCER’S STATEMENT  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. Please also include when you joined the project. If there are other producers on the project, what is your division of labor? (800 words maximum)
ARTISTIC APPROACH How are you going to tell this story? Describe your creative vision for the finished project. It’s visual look and feel. Explain your intended use of cinematic language or any particular approach that informs the storytelling.
PROJECT STAGE AND TIMELINE What stage of production are you in currently? What is your projected timeline for completion? (500 word maximum)
FUNDRAISING STRATEGY/FUNDING TO DATE What are marketplace (ie. financing and distribution) challenges and opportunities for your project?
BUDGET (comprehensive line item expense budget) Please provide a breakdown of your project’s projected expenses, from development through release, in U.S. dollars, including a budget total. Provide budget notes for any areas that may be viewed as out of the ordinary or which require further explanation. You may view a sample budget by clicking here (pdf, excel). This sample budget is provided as a reference tool only, you may use your own format.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Please share here any additional plans for outreach and distribution that the Fellowship could inform. (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 current creative challenges you’re facing for your project and those you anticipate that you’d like support on through this Fellowship?
4. During the fellowship year, fellows work closely with staff to design opportunities for limited mentorship and networking based on goals set at the beginning of the year. If given the opportunity of this Fellowship, what particular goals would you want to work towards in this year for your career?
If you have additional questions about the Documentary Creative Producing application procedures, please see the Documentary Creative Producing FAQ. For technical issues related to the application please contact For any other application or Fellowship questions, please contact
  • Go to the online application portal, sign up for an account or log in with an existing one.
  • Log in and “Create a New Submission.”
  • Select “2019 Documentary Creative Producing Lab & Fellowship.” (make sure to chose 2019 Documentary Creative Producing Lab & Fellowship)
  • Get started!