Advisor Studio sessions feature intimate, moderated conversations with Sundance Advisors who are working artists and media industry professionals that contribute their expertise to the Collab community via courses, classes, office hours and events. In the Studio events, Advisors share field experiences and insights into their specific areas of craft, including writing, directing and producing for TV and film.

As filmmakers in pursuit of our dreams, it can be overwhelming to know where to start when it comes to navigating the opportunities and resources available in the independent film space. Join us as Creative Producer, Story Consultant, and Educator, Simone Ling, guides us on how to apply for labs and grants to help kickstart your next project. We'll review some of the global resources available to artists, explore how to approach the application process, and dive into best practices for grant writing. This session will give you practical advice on many of the key opportunities and important tools available to any artist seeking exposure and funding for their next film or creative project.


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Simone Ling has a particular interest in working with diverse voices behind and in front of the camera. Producing credits include Spirit Award nominated MOSQUITA Y MARI, and THEY, an Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival nominated for a Queer Palm and Camera d’Or. A member of the Producers Guild of America, MPEG/IATSE, and BAFTA/LA, she is Deputy Chair for BAFTA’s Learning, Inclusion and Talent (DE&I) Committee. Simone spearheads BIPOC and queer outreach for the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, curating and advising for a number of labs and festivals worldwide. A Fulbright Scholar, she holds Masters degrees from the University of Oxford and Stanford University, and is a Senior Lecturer in story and development at AFI, the American Film Institute. more...

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