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2017 Asian American Feature Film Fellowship FAQ


1. I’m interested in the Screenwriters Lab. Should I apply to both the January Screenwriters Lab and the Asian American Fellowship?
No. You should only apply for one of them. By applying to the Asian American Fellowship, you will automatically be considered for the January Screenwriters Lab.

2. Why does the Asian American Fellowship application look like the January Screenwriters Lab?
We utilize the same application for both. Within the January Screenwriters Lab application, there is a question regarding your interest in being considered for the Asian American Fellowship. You must answer “yes” in order to be considered for the Asian American Fellowship.

3. What will I be asked to submit for the application?
The application includes the following components:
  • A 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.
  • An 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?
  • A logline: a 1-2 sentence description of your project.
  • A synopsis (1000 word limit): a brief summary of your project.
  • A bio (up to three for each project, 500 word limit)
  • The first five pages of your screenplay. Please do not submit more than the first five pages.

4. I am co-writing the project, but my co-writer is not Asian American. Can we still apply?
Yes.

5. How do I get into the Directors Lab?
Because the Directors Lab is primarily populated by projects that have been supported through a previous Screenwriters Lab, there is no open application process for the Directors Lab. Application to the January Screenwriters Lab or Asian American Fellowship is the best way to put your project into the pipeline of eventual consideration for the Directors Lab.

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

7. Can I reapply with the same script next year?
Under certain circumstances, yes. We will consider re-applications with the same script only if you have completed significant revisions. We ask that you articulate what has changed, and how the draft has progressed since the last version submitted.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. How should I address my cover letter?
Please address your cover letter "To Whom It May Concern."

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