In our Insider Sessions, Sundance Institute staff answer your questions and guide you through the process of applying to our labs, grant opportunities and the Sundance Film Festival.

For this Insider Session, join Sundance Institute team members Shira Rockowitz, Kristin Feeley, Lauren Lukow, Maria Clement, Maria Santos, and Andrea Alarcon to learn more about applying to the Feature Film Producers Track, Documentary Producers Track, and/or Doc Edit and Story Lab!

The Producers Track is an open application that supports emerging independent producers with a work-in-progress feature-length film to be considered for the Producers Lab & Fellowship (yearlong program commencing July 2022) and the Producers Intensive (two-day concentrated program in fall 2022). There are two different Producer Tracks: Feature Film (fiction) or Documentary Film (nonfiction). For more information on the Producers Track, visit the Sundance Institute Producers Program homepage.

The Documentary Edit and Story Lab is an open application that supports four film teams (directors and editors) with documentary feature films in mid-/late post-production. Lab fellows advance their projects through rigorous creative exploration and discussion of story structure and character development with world-class advisors.

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The Sundance Institute Feature Film Program has supported and championed many of the leading independent filmmakers of the past 40 years whose distinctive, singular films have engaged audiences worldwide. The unique vision of each filmmaker is embraced, encouraging a rigorous creative process with a focus on original and deeply resonant storytelling. The Institute’s guiding values of risk-taking, community, inclusion, and freedom of expression have broadened the program to include American and international artists in a more meaningful and vibrant dialogue across cultural, political, and geographic boundaries. Over the years, the Feature Film Program has evolved to provide in-depth year-round support to a next generation of diverse filmmakers from development through distribution and has become a global model for supporting artists around the world.


The Sundance Documentary Film Program supports nonfiction filmmakers worldwide in the production of cinematic documentaries on contemporary themes. Established in 2002 with founding support from Open Society Foundations, the Program is a vibrant global resource for independent non-fiction storytelling. Recent projects include Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht’s Crip Camp; Maite Alberdi’s The Mole Agent; Jacqueline Olive’s Always in Season; Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar’s American Factory; Petra Costa’s The Edge of Democracy; Talal Derki’s Of Fathers and Sons; RaMell Ross’s Hale County This Morning, This Evening; and Bing Lui’s Minding the Gap. Year-round support of filmmakers—including granting, creative labs, and strategic advice from development to distribution—amounts to a commitment to documentary as an increasingly important global art form and a critical cultural practice in the 21st century.


FFP Producers Track: closes February 10, 2022

DFP Producers Track: closes February 10, 2022

Documentary Edit and Story Lab: closes January 18, 2022

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Los Angeles, CA, USA
Andrea Alarcon is a nonprofit arts administrator and curator who joined the DFP team in 2019 and supports the submission review processes for the program's artist-focused creative Labs, including the Documentary Producers Track and the Contributing Editor Fellowship. Andrea also contributes to the submission review process for the Documentary Fund, where she has a passion for amplifying international voices. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Film and Digital Media, and a concentration in documentary production. Prior to Sundance, she worked with the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History to engage and empower underrepresented communities in the arts before moving to Los Angeles. Andrea is a passionate community builder, lover of films and coffee enthusiast. more...
Kristin Feeley oversees creative Labs and Fellowships at the Documentary Film Program, which include four residential artist-focused Labs. She co-programs the annual Producers Summit and programs for DFP-supported artists at Sundance Film Festival, which serves over 150 artists annually. She launched the Documentary Producers Lab and Fellowship, the Contributing Editor Fellowship, Art of Editing Fellowship as well as the Nonfiction Critics Fellowship, the first Fellowship within the DFP to support writers and cultural critics. Kristin is committed to supporting all artists who contribute to a collaborative, inclusive artistic process in independent nonfiction. She plays a staff advisory role with the Sundance Documentary Fund. Prior to Sundance, Kristin worked in social policy research and arts nonprofits before pursuing a Masters in Film at the University of Glasgow. more...
As the Manager of Producing and Artist Support for the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program, Lauren Lukow supports the work of emerging independent producers, screenwriters, and directors in fiction features. Previously, she served as Coordinator of the Screenwriters and Directors Labs, while also providing direct support to Founding Director, Michelle Satter. more...
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Shira Rockowitz devises programs that support filmmakers through creative and professional development, mentorship, and industry engagement, to advance individual projects from script stage through distribution, and enable them to think more strategically about building a sustainable career. This includes launching Elevate, an innovative professional development track supporting 250+ artists, oversight of the Feature Film Producers Lab & Fellowship and Producers Intensive, and co-leadership of the Producers Summit and select activities at the Sundance Film Festival. Shira also is a key curator and contributor to the Screenwriters Lab, Directors Lab, and Catalyst. Prior to Sundance, Shira was director of development and production at Exclusive Media and a co-producer on John Carney’s Begin Again. She began her career with positions at New Regency, Paramount Vantage, and Fine Line Features / New Line Cinema. Shira is a graduate of Northwestern University and holds an MFA from the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California, where she is an adjunct lecturer. more...
Maria Santos
Maria Santos joined the Sundance Documentary Film Program (DFP) in September 2020 as Manager of Labs and Artist Support. She oversees DFP creative labs and provides year-round creative and strategic support to all DFP supported artists. Originally from Peru, Maria is an independent film producer who has worked in distribution as well as artist development at companies including ARRAY and Cinereach.
Maria Clement supports independent nonfiction storytellers year round as Senior Manager of Documentary and Producer Programs. She oversees the Documentary Producers Lab and Fellowship, Producers Intensive and provides creative and strategic support to DFP supported artists. Maria holds a staff advisory role with the Sundance Documentary Fund. Prior to joining Sundance, she started her career working in documentary production at Interloper Films and Academy Award® nominated Black Valley Films. Of Cuban heritage, she is proficient in Spanish and a Los Angeles native. She holds a degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine. more...

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