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Sundance Institute Feature Film Program (FFP) - Development Track

Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Filmmakers
to Participate in Fellowships and Programs

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Deadline Date:

05/17/21 11:59 PM PT


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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International filmmakers to participate in fellowships and programs. Funding is intended to assist filmmakers in the completion of fiction feature-length projects. Four tracks are included in this opportunity. Applicants will be considered for every program, grant, and fellowship for which they are eligible.

The development track has one open application that allows your fiction feature work-in-progress screenplay to be considered for the following programs, fellowships, and grants:

  • Screenwriters Lab (held annually in January)
  • Screenwriters Intensive (held annually in March)
  • Sundance Institute Comedy Fellowship
  • Sundance Institute Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and Commissioning Grant

The application includes questions to determine your eligibility for each program and fellowship, and you will automatically be considered for all programs and fellowships for which you are eligible.

For the 2022 Development Track and beyond, the Sundance Institute has made a commitment to continue and deepen its outreach and support across all underrepresented groups. For this reason, the Institute decided to discontinue the Asian American and Latinx Fellowships. Please know that this does not indicate a reduced desire to support artists from these communities. Upon deeper examination of the programs through a racial equity lens, it has been determined that offering specific fellowships for the same communities every year does not allow the Institute to maximize impact on an equitable basis within the communities most marginalized, and where annual reporting indicates the most room to improve. The Institute will still support Asian American and Latinx artists among a diverse cohort in the Development Track programs, and will continue to make it a priority to identify and amplify voices from all traditionally marginalized communities.

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GrantWatch ID#: 154525

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For the Screenwriters Lab in Utah, the Institute covers the cost of travel, accommodations, and food for up to two participants per project. For the Screenwriters Intensive, travel and accommodations are not covered, but the Institute does offer a small stipend to fellows coming from outside Los Angeles to help offset those costs when those programs are conducted in LA.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Each program has its own specific eligibility requirements:
1. The Screenwriters Lab is for first- or second-time fiction feature writers, writer/directors, or writer/director teams.
2. The Screenwriters Intensive is for first-time fiction feature writers or writer/directors with priority given to artists from underrepresented communities, including women, artists of color, LGBTQ+ artists, and artists with disabilities. The intensive focuses on supporting artists at an earlier stage of their career and/or at an earlier stage of development with their project.

All development track program fellows are eligible to be considered for additional Feature Film Program labs and activities, including the Directors Lab (first-time fiction feature directors only), Creative Producing Summit, Catalyst Forum, Women at Sundance’s Financing and Strategy Intensive, and ongoing creative and strategic support from Feature Film Program staff.

The Institute will continue to support Asian American and Latinx artists among a diverse cohort in the Development Track programs and will continue to make it a priority to identify and amplify voices from all traditionally marginalized communities.

Whether you’re based in the U.S. or internationally, you may apply using the development track application. The January Screenwriters Lab always includes both U.S.-based and international filmmakers. Typically, the majority of artists selected for the Screenwriters Intensive are U.S.-based, but international artists may be considered for both programs.

Pre-Application Information:

Development Track Selection Process Timeline:
- April 1, 2021: Application Available Online
- May 17, 2021: Application Closes (11:59 p.m. PT) No extensions will be granted.
- August 30, 2021: Second-round notifications complete
- December 15, 2021: Final selection notifications complete

Applications will only be accepted electronically.

The application fee is $40.

Applicants will be notified on a rolling basis as to whether their application has progressed to the next stage of the selection process. You will be given approximately 10 days from the date of notification to submit additional requested materials and will be notified sometime in August 2021. Due to the high volume of submissions, the Institute is, unfortunately, unable to provide feedback about individual projects. If you have additional questions, please visit the Development Track FAQ.

You may submit up to three projects, but you are encouraged to choose one project that is your priority in terms of moving forward. Please note that for each script, you must complete a separate application and submit a separate application fee.

Completed drafts (not partial drafts) of a screenplay must be submitted for consideration. This does not mean the final draft; however, it is requested that the script is in standard format. The only exception to this rule is the application for the Sloan Commissioning Grant, which will consider treatments.


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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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California Office:
Sundance Institute
5900 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tel: 310-360-1981
Fax: 310-360-1969

Utah Office
Sundance Institute
1500 Kearns Blv. Suite B110
Park City, UT 84060
Tel: 435-658-3456
Fax: 435-658-3457
Utah Mailing Address
P.O. Box 684429
Park City, UT 84068

New York Office
Sundance Institute
321 W 44th Street, Suite 805
New York, New York 10036
Tel: 310-360-1981

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