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Sundance Feature Film Creative Producing Lab deadline

February 18, 2021

Application The application for the 2021 Feature Film Creative Producing Lab and Fellowship is currently open and accepting submissions until February 18, 2021 at 6:00pm Pacific Time. Click here to apply.
Dates Lab: July 26 – 29, 2021
Summit: July 30 – August 1, 2021
Size of Fellowship Five projects
Location TBD
  • Candidates must have produced at least one short or feature-length fiction or nonfiction film, but no more than two fiction features total as lead creative producer. This does not include co-, associate, or executive producer credits.
  • Candidates must have a completed, scripted, fiction feature project in hand with a director attached to the project.
  • Candidates must have the legal right (by way of ownership or option or attachment agreement) to produce the script.
  • Candidates may not be the writer or director of the submitted project.
  • Candidates must live in the United States, though the project may be filmed internationally.
Description The year-long program is designed to nurture emerging producers with project-specific support through the Creative Producing Lab and Creative Producing Summit, a grant to support the producer and the project, year-round mentorship from a dedicated industry mentor, and ongoing support from Sundance Institute staff. The program is designed to hone emerging producers’ creative instincts and evolve their communicating and problem-solving skills at all stages of their next feature film project.
Giving Back 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 agree to sign an agreement stipulating that (a) they will make a contribution to Sundance Institute of 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). (This number may increase to 0.5 or 0.75% through the project’s participation in the Screenwriters Lab, Directors Lab and/or Institute-affiliated grant support exceeding $10,000), (b) Sundance Institute will receive 1% of 100% of the film’s net receipts, and (c) Sundance Institute will receive a credit line and logo placement in the film’s end titles,“This film was supported by the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program 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.


February 18, 2021
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