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Fellowships to USA Film Producers to Improve Filmmaking and Production Skills

2023 Feature Film Producers Track

GrantWatch ID# 206881
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Sundance Institute
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Important Dates
Deadline: 02/15/23 6:00 PM MST Save

Grant Description
Fellowships to USA film producers to improve filmmaking and production skills. Applicants may choose to apply to a two-day intensive program or a yearlong program. The purpose of the fellowships is to advance professional development, problem-solving skills, and communication skills.

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.


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Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Candidates must have produced at least one short or feature-length narrative or documentary film, but no more than two narrative features total as lead producer. This does not include co-producer, associate producer, or executive producer credits.
- Candidates must have a completed scripted narrative feature-length project in hand, with a director attached to the project.
- Candidates must have a legal agreement in place through which they control the project (e.g. an option, attachment or shopping agreement).
- Candidates must live in the United States, though the project may be filmed internationally.

Candidates may not be involved as a writer or director of the submitted project.

Pre-Application Information
Application Opens: Nov 16 2022 10:00 (MST)
Application Deadline: Feb 15 2023 18:00 (MST)

- November 16, 2022: Application available online
- February 15, 2023: Application closes at 6 p.m. MT
- March 24, 2023: Deadline for notification of first-round status; Invitations to the second round are made on a rolling basis, and you should be prepared to submit a full draft of the script along with directing and producing samples beginning March 9, 2023.
- June 13, 2023: Deadline for notification of final selections for the Producers Lab & Fellowship and Producers Intensive

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Term of Contract
Producers Lab Dates: July 24–27, 2023; Producers Summit: July 28–July 30, 2023
Producers Intensive dates: Late October 2023

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