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2017 Philadelphia Screenwriters Intensive FAQ

  1. How do I apply?
    Applications for the 2017 Philadelphia Screenwriters Intensive are available at applications2.sundance.org starting August 21, 2017 and are due by 6:00PM ET on September 22, 2017. 

  2. Am I eligible for the Philadelphia Screenwriters Intensive?
    The Philadelphia Screenwriters Intensive is for filmmakers in the Philadelphia, PA area only.  If you are collaborating with a writing partner, you may apply for the Intensive as a team with a single application. Both team members must be based in the Philadelphia area. If selected, both of you would be invited to attend the Intensive. Must be 18+ to apply.

  3. How many scripts can I apply with?
    You may submit up to two projects, but we encourage you to choose one project that is your priority in terms of moving forward. Please note that for each project, you must complete a separate application.

  4. What is the date of the Philadelphia Screenwriters Intensive?
    The Philadelphia Screenwriters Intensive will take place Saturday, November 4, 2017 and the approximate schedule will run 9:00am - 8:00pm.

  5. Is it possible to get an extension? What’s the final deadline?
    No, it is not possible to get an extension. You must complete the online application by 6:00PM ET on September 22, 2017.

  6. How will I be notified about acceptance? Will I be notified if I’m not accepted?
    All Screenwriters Intensive notifications will be made via email. You will hear from us either way, whether accepted or not, by Friday, October, 13, 2017.

  7.  I don't have much experience. Does that affect my chances at the labs?
    Absolutely not. Sundance Institute seeks to foster exciting emerging voices, regardless of professional film experience.

  8. Do you consider scripts written in a language other than English?
    Although we often support scripts that will eventually be produced in a language other than English, your project must be translated into English in order to be considered.

  9. Can I submit a script based on a novel?
    Yes, we will consider scripts based on prior work, as long as you have secured the underlying rights to the material.

  10.  Can I submit a pilot or webseries?
    This program is for feature-length narrative screenplays only. We cannot accept television pilots, web series or other episodic formats.

  11. How complete should the screenplay be?
    Sundance Institute considers scripts at various stages of development, but you must have a full, completed screenplay in order to be considered.

  12. What does the application include?
    The application includes the following components:
    • A bio (up to two for each project, 500 word limit)

    • A cover letter / artistic statement (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, your creative vision for the material, and 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 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?

    • Please name 3 of your favorite films and briefly share why they are meaningful to you (750 word limit)

    • A logline: a 1-2 sentence description of your project (75 word limit)

    • Synopsis: A brief summary of your  project (750 word limit)

    • The first five pages of your screenplay. Please do not submit more than the first five pages.


  13. Would my ideas be protected?
    Yes, Sundance Institute does not share or distribute any materials.

  14. Do you accept scripts that have been submitted elsewhere?
    Yes, we have no restrictions on material that has been through other writers workshops or programs.

  15. How should I address my cover letter? Please address your cover letter "Dear Reader,"

  16. What does the program cost?
    Participation in the 2017 Philadelphia Screenwriters Intensive is completely free.

  17. Does Sundance own my screenplay?
    No. All Participants must own or have approval from the project owner to participate in Sundance Institute Feature Film Program activities.

Still don't see your question answered here? Email shira_rockowitz@sundance.org with further questions.