In Advisor Studio sessions, Sundance Collab 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. Creative Producer, Story Consultant, and Educator Simone Ling guides us on how to apply for labs and grants to help kickstart your next project. She reviews some of the global resources available to artists, explores how to approach the application process, and dives into best practices for grant writing. This conversation provides 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, THEY, an Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival nominated for a Queer Palm and Camera d’Or, and Tribeca X Award winner EMERGING RADIANCE. A member of the Producers Guild of America, MPEG/IATSE, and BAFTA/LA, she Deputy Chair's BAFTA/LA’s Learning, Inclusion and Talent (DE&I) Committee. Spearheading intersectional outreach for the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Programs, Simone curates and advises 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's Conservatory. more...

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