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.

The Sundance Episodic Program is an entry point for emerging scripted fiction writers that includes alumni like Katori Hall (Starz's PVALLEY), Barry Jenkins (Amazon's UNDERGROUND RAILROAD), and Heather Rae (Amazon's OUTER RANGE). We provide artists with the tools, guidance, and industry access to move your projects and careers forward. The Lab is the cornerstone of the program, an immersive six-day opportunity to develop original series under accomplished showrunners, creative producers, and development executives at the Sundance Mountain Resort. Pitch Parlor, is a separate event held in Los Angeles, to showcase alumni and their projects in front of the wider Hollywood industry. So how will your submission cut through and bring you into the fold? Join us for a direct Q&A with the program director and recent alumni who will give you all the pro tips when you're ready to apply! Submissions Open FEBRUARY 9th & Close MARCH 9th.

Find out more about the Sundance Institute Episodic Program here.

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Live event registration for Sundance Collab Insider Sessions is open and free of charge. Sessions will be recorded and available in our video library until March 9th, 2023 which is when the Sundance Institute’s Episodic Lab Applications close. After that, on-demand access to the recording can be purchased for $5.

Shaped by his years teaching middle & high school in the South Bronx, Corey Dashaun's work explores coming-of-age teen experiences and their corresponding adventures, tribulations, and triumphs. In addition to being featured in Sundance's inaugural Pitch Parlor, Corey has been awarded Fellowships from Starz, Film Independent Project Involve, Black Magic Breakthrough Initiative, and Village Roadshow. Corey is the winner of the 2021 Seriesfest Storytellers Initiative, which garnered him a development deal with Propagate Content. He recently wrapped on Peacock's ONE OF US IS LYING and is currently story editor on a new young adult series for Amazon. Raised in Rochester and now based in Los Angeles. more...
Jandiz Estrada Cardoso is the Director of the Sundance Institute Episodic Program. Previously, she was the Sr. Director of Global Talent Development & Inclusion for film, TV and streaming at NBCUniversal for a decade. Jandiz spearheaded the bicoastal NBCUniversal Short Film Festival, The YA TU SABES Monologue Slam, and the national tour of StandUp NBC. In her freelance career, she has worked on dozens of pilots and features for studios including Disney, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Universal, New Line, AMC, ABC, CBS, Starz, and NBC (notably on their Emmy-winning series 30 ROCK). As an instructor, she has led master classes across the US and Brazil. She is a recipient of the Golden Eagle Award for Diversity Impact in Television. more...

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