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2017 June Screenwriters Application Instructions

The following are submission instructions for the 2017 June Screenwriters Lab. This application is by invitation only.

For more information about this program, please visit our website:

PLEASE NOTE: We accept application materials electronically ONLY. You will have a chance to save a work-in-progress version of your application before officially submitting, and we will ask you to upload your complete script as a .pdf file.

What you need to know (please read it all!):

The application is a two step process.

FIRST you have to complete the electronic application. This is where you provide us with all of your contact info, a brief bio on yourself and your team members, a cover letter, an artistic statement, a logline, a synopsis of your project, and a link to a directing sample (if a director is attached).

You will be asked to enter all of the written materials into text boxes on the web application (with the exception of the screenplay.) You will be able to save your application as a work-in-progress before submitting; however, you may wish to draft elements in a Word doc and cut and paste the final text once it has been completed to your satisfaction. You will also be asked for a link to a directing sample.

SECOND you must upload your complete script. A .pdf is the required format.

What you will need to complete online:

1. Application Form, including the following:


CONTACT INFORMATION  We will use the email address you provide to correspond with you moving forward. While we do allow for you to submit bios for up to 3 members of a creative team per project, you must choose one person to be your designated point of contact. Please make sure is cleared in your spam filter!

LOGLINE (1-2 sentences.)

BIO(s) for yourself and up to 2 additional members of your creative team (500 word limit each.)

COVER LETTER (750 word limit.) Please introduce yourself and the project. There are no strict requirements for this letter, but we’d like to get a brief idea of who you are, what your script is about, and how you think the Lab process could be helpful to you.

ARTISTIC STATEMENT (1000 word limit.) Please describe your creative vision for the material, and give us a sense of where you are in the creative process. Here’s an example of the type of information we’re looking for: What is your personal connection to the material? What do you want an audience to take away from your film? How do you envision the realization of this script in terms of story, character, tone, and/or visual style? Is there a budget level you have in mind, and who is the audience you most want to reach? Why are you passionate about this story? If this is a resubmission of material we've considered previously, how has the material changed or transformed since we last read it?

SYNOPSIS (1000 word limit.) Please note we are looking for a complete overview of the story, including key plot details from beginning to end.

LINK TO A DIRECTING SAMPLE (if a director is attached.)

UPLOAD THE COMPLETE AND CURRENT DRAFT OF YOUR SCREENPLAY, which must be in the form of a .pdf document. The .pdf file will open automatically when uploaded; click the Back to Submission button at the top of the screen to return to your application.

DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION  This is information requested about you and your project, standardized across all Institute programs, which remains confidential. Any answers you choose to provide do not in any way influence your candidacy.

Then what?

You will receive a confirmation email when we receive your application materials. The email will come from If you have a spam filter, please allow emails to be sent to your inbox from this address.

The dates of the 2017 June Screenwriters Lab are June 24-29, and you'll hear from us about your status no later than May 2.

If you have any issues with submitting your application materials, please email

Please Note

Co-writers: Please designate one of you as the primary contact, and list that person first.

Unfortunately, due to the amount of submissions, we cannot provide individual feedback.

If you have any other questions or problems, email

The Sundance Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and does not have an ownership stake in any projects that are submitted to, or selected for the Lab, nor are we attached in any producorial capacity.

All Feature Film Programs are subsidiaries of the nonprofit organization Sundance Institute.