“Storytellers broaden our minds: engage, provoke, inspire, and ultimately, connect us.”— Robert Redford, President and Founder
Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program has created a Fellowship to provide direct support to emerging Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaskan Native film artists working in the U.S. The Fellowship is a two-stage development opportunity for filmmakers with completed film scripts and documentary proposals. The first stage of development is an intensive 5-day workshop, held May, 2014. During the workshop, Fellows received intensive feedback on their projects from established screenwriters and directors.
Held at Sundance Film Festival, the second stage of the Fellowship advances the careers of the Fellows by providing networking opportunities with film professionals who advise them on the business of cinema.
What is the Native Program looking for?
Original Narrative Feature Films, Short Films, and Documentary Proposals.
What selection criteria are used in evaluating submissions?
Applications are reviewed in a rigorous process by Institute staff and a panel of established filmmakers and judged on their originality, artistic voice, and their potential to advance towards production.
Does the story have to be Native-themed?
No, not at all. The Native Filmmakers Lab is designed to support filmmakers in strengthening their craft, developing their voice as writers, and advancing their current projects closer towards production. The story does not need to be about a specific culture or theme. All stories are welcome and contemporary stories are encouraged!
**Submissions will be collected until February 3, 2014.