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Sundance Institute

Founded by Robert Redford in 1981 in the mountains of Sundance, Utah, Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated year-round to the development of artists of independent vision and to the exhibition of their new work. Since its inception, the Institute has grown into an internationally recognized resource for thousands of independent artists through its Film Festival and artistic development programs for filmmakers, screenwriters, composers, writers, playwrights and theatre artists. The original values of independence, creative risk-taking, and discovery continue to define and guide the work of Sundance Institute, both with US artists and, increasingly, with artists from other regions of the world.

Location

Park City, Utah: United States

Sundance Institute summer Labs take place in Sundance, Utah, a 5,000-acre recreation and arts community located at the base of 12,000-foot Mount Timpanogos in Utah's Wasatch Mountains at an elevation of 6,500 feet. In addition, fall and winter Labs are hosted in Florida and Wyoming.

Statistics

  • Residency Length: 2-4 weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 6-10

Eligibility

  • Application type: Open application
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Sundance Institute Labs are designed to support the development of independent filmmakers, screenwriters, playwrights, composers, producers, and other film and theatre artists. They are the nurturing, intimate centerpiece of our Feature Film, Documentary, Film Music, and Theatre Programs, representing Sundance's commitment to supporting artists by offering them an environment to explore new work. At the Labs, artists have the chance to work on their projects with the assistance of seasoned Creative Advisors, far from the stresses of their "normal" work lives. The dialogue is about the creative artistic process, global issues, and freedom of expression.  

    Filmmakers typically begin their participation in the Feature Film Program with the January Screenwriters Lab, the only Lab for which there is an open application.  Online applications for the Screenwriters Lab are made available in the Applications section of the Institute site beginning Feb. 15 of each year.

    The Theatre Program welcomes applications for projects at any stage of development, but focuses on work that is ready to be explored, at least in part, on its feet. Applications can be submitted by playwrights, directors, composers, or choreographers. Playwright/director teams are encouraged as we prefer to have a committed director attached to all projects. If you do not have a director attached to your project, Sundance will help to match you up with a director if and when your play is selected for inclusion in the Lab. Sundance is interested in both established and emerging theatre artists, as well as artists making a transition from areas outside of theatre. We welcome solo performers and projects for young audiences. Projects that have had prior productions are not eligible.  Participants must be available for the entire length of the Lab. Artists can only submit one application. Previous applicants may re-apply.  

    The Composers Lab focuses on supporting accomplished composers from a range of musical backgrounds who are looking to expand their experience to include composing for film.  In addition to a high degree of musical craft, the quality the Selection Committee is most interested in is originality. Applicants are urged to submit material that represents their own musical voice and to be bold and daring in their choice of selections.  Applications are made available online in late February and are due mid April.  

    The Sundance Documentary Fund accepts open applications on a rolling basis from nonfiction filmmakers in the U.S.  and abroad focusing on current issues and movements in contemporary human rights, freedom of expression, social justice, and civil liberties.  There are no deadlines for application.  Review process is highly selective.  Documentary Lab Fellows are selected from filmmakers receiving support from the Sundance Documentary Fund.

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
  • Studios/special equipment: Film / Digital editing, Music recording studio, Theater

Stipends / other support

Additional expectations / opportunities

Contact Information

1825 Three Kings Dr.
Sundance, Utah 84060
United States
Tel: 435-658-3456