The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund accepts submissions via two open calls per year, with decisions being made in the summer and winter. The deadline for our Summer 2021 grant cycle is Monday, February 8 at 4:30 p.m. MST. Click here for the application. The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund supports the work of nonfiction filmmakers from around the globe. In a changing media landscape, the fund has been a stable, progressive force in supporting work that has expressed the world in creative, complex, beautiful, and provocative ways, and has created real cultural and social impact around some of the most pressing issues of our time. We are proud to sit at the center of this burgeoning creative field with the Documentary Fund, which offers (non-recoupable) support for nonfiction projects that continue to elevate and advance cultural dialogue and break new ground in creativity and innovation. In its ongoing search for artists and projects to support, the Documentary Fund is seeking filmmakers with a distinct voice and vision, and a meaningful connection to the work they create. We are especially keen to raise the voices of underserved or underrepresented communities from around the world in the service of building a more fair, free, and open society.
2021 CANNES CINÉFONDATION PRESELECTION CONDITIONS ELIGIBILITY Unless a special dispensation is granted, a film must comply with the following conditions in order to be submitted: have been directed by a student within his/her film school curriculum; have been made during the 18 months preceding the Festival; have not been presented at major international festivals. However a film can have been shown at a festival in its country of origin; not exceed 60 minutes in running-time. Please fill in the application form and upload your film online for 15th February 2021 at the latest. Note! Films made at Junior secondary school or High school level are not accepted for selection in this section of the Festival, only films produced in the context of a Film school or Film studies department of a University are eligible. Documentaries are not accepted. It is possible to send a working copy of the film. When filling in the entry form, please state if it is the final version or a working version. Submission of a working copy does not allow for later submission of a final copy unless requested by the Cinéfondation; Films from film schools have to be registered with the Cinéfondation Selection and cannot be registered for the Short Film Competition. Short films (from 1 to 35 min) can also be registered in the Short Film Corner: a meeting place dedicated to short films within the Festival de Cannes. For More Information click here.
Designed to support writers with original long-form episodic projects, Film Independent’s Episodic Lab will accept a diverse group of 6–8 writers or writing teams and provide them with critical support and mentorship. Through personalized feedback from experienced showrunners, creative producers and executives, Fellows will gain the tools to revise and refine their pilots and navigate a changing industry landscape. The Episodic Lab helps to further the careers of its Fellows by introducing them to industry veterans who can offer guidance on both the craft and business of writing episodic content. Each Fellow will be paired with a Creative Advisor with whom they’ll work one-on-one and in group sessions to develop their project during the month of July. Additionally, guest speakers will screen and discuss their own work to offer insights into the creative process and industry best practices. A final networking and pitch event will offer Fellows the opportunity to introduce themselves and their work to studio and network executives. Non-member deadline: February 12, 2021 Film Independent member extended deadline: March 3, 2021 https://www.filmindependent.org/programs/artist-development/episodic-lab/
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 Eligibility 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.
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. APPLY HERE Dates Lab: July 26–29, 2021 Summit: July 30-August 1, 2021 Size of Fellowship Five Producers Location TBD Eligibility 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.