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Creative Producing Fellowship and Lab at the Sundance Institute
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Creative Producing Fellowship and Lab

A year-long program designed to nurture emerging producers with project-specific support through Labs, grants, and long-term advisor relationships.

The Sundance Creative Producing Fellowship was conceived to develop and support the next generation of American independent producers. For over 29 years, Sundance Institute has offered in-depth year-round programs for feature screenwriters and directors. In an increasingly competitive and complex marketplace, the health and excellence of the independent film movement hinges on sophisticated creative and strategic producers with whom these directors and writers can collaborate.

The Fellowship focuses on the holistic producer, who identifies, options, develops, and pitches material; champions and challenges the writer/director creatively; raises financing; leads the casting/packaging process; hires and inspires crew; and navigates the sales, distribution, and marketing arenas. The Program is designed to hone emerging producers' creative instincts and evolve their communicating and problem-solving skills at all stages of realizing a project.

Five producers will be selected for a one-year fellowship, with Fellows supported to participate in the following:

•Feature Film Creative Producing Lab
•Creative Producing Summit
•Sundance Film Festival attendance (screenings, curated meetings, and networking opportunities)
•$5,000 living stipend
•$5,000 pre-production grant
•Year-round mentorship from two industry Advisors
•Community building among Producing Fellows
•Year-round support from Sundance Institute staff
Fellows will attend a five-day lab focused on creatively strengthening their projects from script to screen. Through a series of one-on-one sessions with Advisors, as well as group sessions, Fellows will explore their own creative take on the project and develop skills and a process for evaluating, developing, and implementing their material to reflect these ideas. Scripts will be discussed alongside issues, such as creative imperatives, marketplace valuation, and production challenges. Case studies will be used to explore creative issues in preproduction, production, and editing processes, while techniques in communicating with writer/directors and potential production partners will also be addressed.


•Candidates must have produced at least one short or feature-length narrative or documentary film (no more than two narrative features total).
•Producers must have a completed, legally-optioned, scripted narrative project in hand with a director attached to the project.
•Candidates may not be the writer or director of submitted project.
•Candidates must reside in the United States.

Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization funded by foundations, corporations, film industry sources, individuals, government agencies, and earned income such as ticket sales at the Film Festival. The Institute was founded by Robert Redford as a way to give back and support other film and theatre artists by providing them with an opportunity to develop their projects and skills. Should you be selected to participate in the Creative Producing 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. Projects supported by the Creative Producing Fellowship are asked to contribute 0.25% of their production budget calculated after the first $1 million (e.g. if your film is produced for $1.2 million, the fee due to the Institute would be $500). Additionally, Lab Alumni are asked to recognize the Fellowship with the credit, "Developed with the assistance of the Sundance InstituteFeature Film Creative Producing Fellowship." 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.


The timelines for the 2011 Creative Producing Fellowship are as follows:

Selection Process
November 8, 2010 Application available online

February 14, 2011 Online application deadline and hard copy of materials postmark deadline

March 25, 2011 Notification of second round selections

June 16, 2011 Notification of final selections

Fellowship Year

July 1, 2011 Start of 2011Fellowship

July 18-22, 2011 Creative Producing Lab (Sundance Resort, Utah)

July 22-24, 2011 Creative Producing Summit (Sundance Resort, Utah)

January 26-February 4, 2012 Sundance Film Festival (Park City, Utah)

June 30, 2011 End of 2010 Fellowship


We are currently accepting applications for the Sundance Institute Feature Film Creative Producing Fellowship. The application is available online until the deadline of February 14, 2011.

If you have any further questions please email Rebecca Green at