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Sundance Documentary Creative Producing Lab deadline

February 18, 2021

Application The application for the 2021 Documentary Creative Producing Lab and Fellowship is currently open and accepting applications until February 18, 2021 at 3pm Pacific Time.


Dates Lab: July 26–29, 2021
Summit: July 30-August 1, 2021
Size of Fellowship Five Producers
Location TBD
  • Candidates are required to have produced or co-produced at least one documentary short (experience as an executive producer only does not qualify). Candidates must be lead producer on the project they are applying with.
  • Candidates may not be the director of the submitted project.
  • Candidates must be in production / post-production on the project.
  • Candidates must live in the United States, though the project may be filmed internationally.
  • Candidates must be available for the entirety of the lab and Summit.
Costs There is no cost to participate in this lab.
Description and Format The Documentary Film Program’s Creative Producing Lab and Fellowship is a yearlong program designed to nurture emerging producers with project-specific support through the Creative Producing Lab, and Creative Producing Summit 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.
Deliverables Fellows are required to acknowledge Sundance Institute and the Creative Producing Initiative 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. Accepted fellows also must provide a current producer’s agreement or memo of understanding for the project they have applied with.

NOTE: Only one application should be submitted per project. We will consider only the lead producer on the submitted project. If there are additional producers, they must also be disclosed on the application. Additional producers are welcome to select events but do not receive the full benefits of Lab participation.

To be eligible to apply, you may not have any role on the project other than producer or co-producer.


February 18, 2021