Sundance Insider Sessions provide behind-the-scenes information and guidance on our Labs, grants and festivals. Sundance Institute staff will be on-hand to answer frequently asked questions and help guide you through discovering and applying to the many programs and funds that the Institute offers.


For this Insider Session, join Sundance Institute team members Shira Rockowitz, Kristin Feeley, Lauren Lukow, Maria Clement, and Andrea Alarcon to learn more about applying to the Feature Film Producers Track, Documentary Producers Track and Documentary 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 2023) and the Producers Intensive (two-day concentrated program in fall 2023). There are two different Producer Tracks: Feature Film (fiction) and Documentary Film (nonfiction). For more information on the Producers Track, visit the Sundance Institute Producers Program homepage.


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 February 15, 2023, which is when the Sundance Institute’s Producers Track and Doc Edit Lab Program applications close. After that, on-demand access to the recording is available only to Collaborator and All Access members, or can be purchased for $5. Sign up today for a 14-day free trial for our memberships.


APPLICATION DATES

FFP Producers Track: closes February 15, 2023

DFP Producers Track: closes February 15, 2023



To apply visit:

FEATURE FILM PRODUCERS TRACK: LINK HERE

DOCUMENTARY FILM PRODUCERS TRACK: LINK HERE



ABOUT THE FEATURE FILM PRODUCERS TRACK

Applicants to the Feature Film Producers Track will be considered for two opportunities: the Producers Lab & Fellowship (yearlong program, commencing July 2023) and the Producers Intensive (two-day program in fall 2023). The Feature Film Producers Fellowship is a yearlong program designed to nurture emerging producers with project-specific support through the Producers Lab and Producers 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 communication and problem-solving skills at all stages of their next feature film. The Feature Film Producers Intensive provides emerging producers with the opportunity to hone their craft in a two-day concentrated workshop. The program provides creative, strategic, and professional development support for producers from traditionally underrepresented communities who are poised to take the next step in their filmmaking career. Like the residency lab, the intensive features interactive group sessions and roundtable conversations with producer and industry advisors on topics including the producer/director collaboration, pitching, legal and business affairs, packaging and financing, budgeting, and sustainability, and fosters community among the participants.



For more information about the Producers Program, click here.

For more information about the Feature Film Program, click here.


ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY FILM PRODUCERS TRACK

Applicants to the Documentary Film Producers Track will be considered for two opportunities: the Producers Lab & Fellowship (yearlong program, commencing July 2023) and the Producers Intensive (two-day program in fall 2023). The Documentary Film Producers Fellowship is a yearlong program designed to nurture emerging producers with project-specific support through the Producers Lab and Producers 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 communication and problem-solving skills at all stages of their next documentary film. The Documentary Film Producers Intensive provides emerging producers with the opportunity to hone their craft in a two-day concentrated workshop. The program provides creative, strategic, and professional development support for producers from traditionally underrepresented communities who are poised to take the next step in their filmmaking career. Like the residency lab, the intensive features interactive group sessions and roundtable conversations with producer and industry advisors on topics including the producer/director collaboration, pitching, budgeting, financing and distribution and sustainability, and fosters community among the participants.



For more information about the Producers Program, click here.

For more information about the Documentary Film Program, click here.


ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY EDIT & STORY LAB APPLICATION

The Documentary Edit and Story Lab is an invitation only 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. If you are interested in applying to the Edit and Story Lab, email docedit@sundance.org for more information.


ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY FILM PROGRAM

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.



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Los Angeles, CA, USA
Andrea Alarcon joined the DFP team in 2019 and supports the processes for the program's artist-focused Labs, including the Documentary Edit & Story Lab, the Music & Sound Design Lab, the Creative Producing Lab & Fellowship and the Contributing Editor Fellowship. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Film and Digital Media, with a concentration in documentary film. more...
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Kristin Feeley oversees creative Labs and Fellowships at the Documentary Film Program, which include four residential artist-focused Labs. She co-programs the annual Creative Producing Summit and programs for DFP-supported artists at Sundance Film Festival, which serves over 150 artists annually. more...
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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...
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Los Angeles, CA, USA
As Director of Producing and Artist Support in the Feature Film Program, Shira Rockowitz leads the organization’s strategy for supporting emerging independent fiction producers, screenwriters, and directors. Prioritizing inclusion and underrepresented voices, she devises programs that encompass creative and professional development, granting, mentorship, and industry engagement to help artists advance their work and build enduring careers. more...
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Maria Clement supports independent nonfiction storytellers year round as Manager of Creative Producing and Artist Support for the Documentary Film Program. She oversees the Documentary Producers Lab and Fellowship, Producers Summit and provides creative advice to DFP supported artists. Maria holds a staff advisory role with the Sundance Documentary Fund. more...

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