Artist Opportunities

The Sundance Institute’s labs, granting, and mentorship programs operate year-round to support independent artists and bring exciting new work into the world. Several of our programs are now accepting submissions.

Summer Applications

Fall 2023 Sandbox Fund

The Sandbox Fund offers grants, engagement events, and other opportunities for independent artists seeking to explore the intrinsic link between science and culture through innovative storytelling. The program is administered by the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund, in collaboration with Sandbox Films.

Deadline: July 24, 2023

The Sundance Institute | Graton Fellowship For Artists From California-Based Tribes

The Sundance Institute | Graton Fellowship for Artists from California-Based Tribes, serves to cultivate a stage for artists from federally and non-federally recognized California Indian tribes to tell their stories through film. The inaugural fellow will be awarded a $25,000 cash grant and a yearlong continuum of support with activities, including a trip to the Sundance Film Festival, and access to strategic and creative services offered by Sundance Institute artist programs, and mentorship opportunities.

Deadline: August 28, 2023

Women Write Now: A Comedic Screenwriting Fellowship for Black Women

Women Write Now is a partnership between Hartbeat and the Sundance Institute designed to champion and elevate the voices Black female comedy writers through a fellowship that provides mentorship, advocacy, production, and exhibition. This immersive script-to-screen fellowship will support three talented writers in developing short comedic scripts while being advised and mentored by some of the most influential Black women in comedy. The resulting scripts will be produced by Hartbeat and directed by celebrity Black female directors.