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Opportunity for USA Early-Stage Documentary Film Producers to Participate in a Professional Development Program

2023 Documentary Film Producers Track

GrantWatch ID# 199871
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Sundance Institute
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Important Dates
Deadline: 02/15/23 5:00 PM PT Save

Grant Description
Opportunity for USA emerging film producers to participate in a professional development program. Eligible applicants are involved in the production or post-production of a documentary project. Selected producers will participate in either a one-year program or a two-day workshop.

Applicants to the Documentary Film Producers Track will be considered for two opportunities: Producers Lab and Fellowship (yearlong program, commencing July 2023) and the Producers Intensive (two-day program in Fall 2023).

The Documentary Producers Lab and Fellowship is a yearlong program designed to nurture emerging producers with project-specific support through the Producers Lab, Producers Summit, year-round mentorship from industry mentors, 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 production. The Documentary Producers Lab is part of the Producers Track, which also includes the Producers Intensive. 

The 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 10 fiction and nonfiction 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 round table conversations with producer and industry advisors on topics including the producer/director collaboration, pitching, legal and business affairs, packaging and financing, budgeting, and fostering community among the participants.


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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility Criteria:
- Candidates are required to have produced or co-produced at least one documentary short (experience as an executive producer only does not qualify). Candidates must be lead producer on the project they are applying with.
- Candidates should not be the director of their submitted project.
- Candidates must have a director attached to the submitted project.
- Candidates’ submitted project must be for a feature-length format; no series work accepted at this time. (Note: Nonfiction series projects are considered through the Episodic Lab. For more information, visit the program’s page here.)
- Candidates must be in active production or post-production on the submitted project.
- Candidates must live in the United States, though the project may be filmed outside of the country.
- Candidates must be able to attend all fellowship events

Pre-Application Information
- Application Open: Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 9 a.m. PT
- Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 15, 2023, 5 p.m. PT
- You will hear from us whether accepted or not via email by mid-June 2023.

Only one application should be submitted per project.


Number of Grants
10 (5 for Producers Lab and Fellowship; 5 for Producers Intensive)

Estimated Size of Grant
The Sundance Institute will provide round-trip economy travel, ground transfer, and lodging for the selected fellows for the specific dates of attendance.

Term of Contract
The dates for the Documentary Producers Lab are July 24–27, 2023, and for the Producers Summit, July 28–July 30, 2023. The Fellowship year is active through May 2023.

Producers Intensive dates: Late October 2023. If you are selected for the Producers Intensive, you are required to be present for the two-day program

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