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2016 Charlotte Screenwriters - FAQs

2016 Charlotte Screenwriters Intensive FAQs

1. How do I apply?
Applications for the 2016 Charlotte Screenwriters Intensive are available at starting August 22, 2016 and are due by 6:00PM PT on September 26, 2016. 

2. Am I eligible for the Charlotte Screenwriters Intensive?
The Charlotte Screenwriters Intensive is for filmmakers in the Charlotte, NC area only. If you are collaborating with a writing partner, you may apply for the Intensive as a team. Both team members must be based in the Charlotte area.

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 Charlotte Screenwriters Intensive?
The Charlotte Screenwriters Intensive will take place October 29, 2016.

5. Is it possible to get an extension? What’s the final deadline?
No, it’s not possible to get an extension. You must complete the online portion of your application by 6:00PM PT on September 26, 2016.

6. How long/short is too long/short for a script?
While there is no “correct length”, the average script is between 90 – 120 pages. In most cases, if your script is significantly shorter or longer than that range, we will suggest you do more revisions before submitting it for consideration.

7. How will I be notified about acceptance? Will I be notified if I’m not accepted?
All Lab notifications will be made via email. You will hear from us either way, whether accepted or not.

8.  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.

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

10. 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.

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 three 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?

A logline: a 1-2 sentence description of your project (75 words 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 "To Whom It May Concern"

16. What does the program cost?
Participation in the 2016 Charlotte 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 Wendy Fishman at with further questions.