Sundance Institute 2021 Development Track for Fiction Filmmakers (programs, fellowships & grants.)

Sundance Institute 2021 Development Track for Fiction Filmmakers

Deadline: Jun 4 2020 19:00 (MDT)

Sundance Institute 2021 Development Track for Fiction Filmmakers

Fiction #filmmakers! Applications for our 2021 Development Track has opened. Submit your feature film #WIP project by 6/4 to be considered for programs, fellowships, and grants.

Each program has its own specific eligibility requirements:

The Screenwriters Lab is for first or second-time fiction feature writers, writer/directors, or writer/director teams.

The Screenwriters Intensive is for first-time fiction feature writers or writer/directors with priority given to artists from underrepresented communities, including women, artists of color, LGBTQ+ artists, and artists with disabilities.

The intensive focuses on supporting artists at an earlier stage of their career and/or at an earlier stage of development with their project.

The FilmTwo Intensive is for second-time fiction feature writer/directors or writers working with second-time directors, with priority given to artists from underrepresented communities.

Although FilmTwo Fellows are selected with a project in development, the program is designed to support an artist at a specific stage of career development, with primary focus placed on creative and strategic efforts toward professional advancement.

All development track program fellows are eligible to be considered for additional Feature Film Program labs and activities, including the Directors Lab (first-time fiction feature directors only), Creative Producing Summit, Catalyst Forum, Women’s Financing Intensive, and ongoing creative and strategic support from Feature Film Program staff.

Development Track Selection Process Timeline

May 4, 2020              Application Available Online

June 4, 2020            Application Closes (6:00 p.m. PT)

August 31, 2020       Second-round notifications complete

December 15, 2020     Final selection notifications complete

  • What does the program cost?

Aside from an application fee, we do not charge for participation in our programs. For the Screenwriters Lab in Utah, we cover the cost of travel, accommodations, and food for up to two participants per project. For the Screenwriters Intensive and the FilmTwo Initiative, travel and accommodations are not covered, but we do offer a small stipend to fellows coming from outside Los Angeles to help offset those costs.


We accept all application materials electronically ONLY. You will have a chance to save a work-in-progress version of your application before officially submitting.Applications are available online between May 4, 2020 – June 4, 2020, for the 2021 January Screenwriters Lab, Screenwriters Intensive, and FilmTwo Fellowship.

The development track has one open application that allows your fiction feature work-in-progress screenplay to be considered for the following programs, fellowships, and grants:

  • Screenwriters Lab (held annually in January)
  • Screenwriters Intensive (held annually in March)
  • FilmTwo Intensive (held annually in March)
  • Sundance Institute/Asian American Fellowship
  • Sundance Institute Feature Film Program Latinx Fellowship
  • Sundance Institute | Comedy Central Comedy Fellowship
  • Sundance Institute Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and Commissioning Grant

For more Information: Visit the webpage for 2021 Sundance Institute Development Track