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2018 Post-Production Track Instructions

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.

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The Post-Production Track has one application that allows a fiction feature film in picture edit to be considered for two programs:

  • Editing Residency (Director & Editor attend, June 6-14, Sundance Resort, UT)
  • Film Music and Sound Design Lab (Director attends, July 15-23, Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA)

Eligibility for Editing Residency:
  • Filmmakers must be in picture edit on a fiction feature film; by the start date of the residency, filmmakers must have completed a first cut but still have significant time allotted in the schedule before picture lock.
  • Priority is given to first or second-time directors that have ties to the Institute or the Festival.

Eligibility for Film Music and Sound Design Lab:
  • Directors must be in picture edit on a fiction feature film; by the start date of the Lab, filmmakers must have completed at least a first cut of the film, and may have locked picture. Priority will be given to first and second-time fiction feature directors.
  • Directors may or may not have a composer attached to the film; however, only the director will travel to the Lab, so directors will be paired with one of the Film Music Fellows even if another composer is attached. (The Lab collaboration with a composer is for the workshop only, and directors are not obligated to use any material generated there in the finished film.)

What you need to complete online by APRIL 16, 2018 at 6 pm PT:

  • CONTACT INFO for Director, Editor, and Producer of your film. We understand there may be multiple producers; for the purpose of this application, select one who will be the primary producer contact for this process.

  • Select which program(s) you want to apply to.

  • BIOS for Director, Editor, and Producer of your film.

  • COVER LETTER Please introduce yourself and your film. Give us a brief history of the project to date, and an overview of your post-production timeline from now through delivery. Please specifically include information about how long you’ve been editing, how long you have allotted for the remainder of picture edit, and your plans for sound design and mixing.

  • ARTISTIC STATEMENT Please give us a sense of your creative vision for the film - what themes are most important to you, and what do you want an audience to take away from the film? Please also discuss how and why you think participating in one or both of these programs could specifically be helpful to you - where do you most need creative support?

  • LOGLINE A 1-2 sentence description of the story of your film.

  • SYNOPSIS 1000 word maximum

  • LINK TO A CUT OF YOUR FILM Although we would ideally like to see a complete cut of the film, you are permitted to submit a substantial selection of scenes and/or sequences if you have not yet finished a rough cut. You must submit a minimum of 20 minutes of edited material. If you are submitting scenes or sequences, please include a 1-2 sentence description of the action in the excerpts you’re sharing. Also, if you are not submitting a complete cut, you are required to upload a .pdf of your shooting script.

  • SHOOTING SCRIPT You are only required to upload a .pdf of your shooting script if you are submitting excerpts of edited material. If you’re submitting a complete cut of your film, you do not need to upload the script.


Applicants will be notified by May 7 regarding selection for the Editing Residency, and by June 15 regarding selection for the Film Music and Sound Design Lab.

Films supported by the Editing Residency and/or the Film Music and Sound Design Lab are required to include the credit “This film was supported by the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program” in the end titles.

If you have further questions, please email

Post-ProductionTrack Selection Process Timeline:

March 20, 2018 - Application Available Online

April 16, 2018 - Application Closes (6 pm PT)

May 7, 2018 - Final Selection Notifications made for the Editing Residency

June 15, 2018 - FInal Selection Notifications made for the Film Music and Sound Design Lab