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sundance_IFP_web_seriesWhile over the years some great storytelling has emerged from the internet in the form of serialized content (just ask our man Koo and The West Side) the web series hasn’t always gotten its due. This may be partly because the arena is full of less-than-outstanding content  (it is the internet after all), but also because nobody tended to take them seriously. And by “nobody” I just mean no established independent film institutes and supporters. Now that Sundance is offering an inaugural Episodic Story Lab and IFP has included Web Series into their Emerging Visions component of Independent Film Week, that could be changing. Find out what each institute has to say about their new programs, and why 2014 could start a golden age for episodic content.  More »

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Episodic_1VOD platforms are beginning to change everything about the creation and consumption of TV shows and movies, with one of the big changes being the sheer amount of media audiences are wanting to consume in a single binge. “TV” shows are making out like bandits, attracting more and more filmmakers to work in the world of “television”, and the Sundance Institute wants to lend a hand to them with their newly announced Episodic Story Lab, which will teach writers how to develop stories and characters that grow and develop over the course of a series. More »

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sundance screenwriters lab fellows 2014

It takes a village to make an independent film, and there are few villages as important and supportive as the Sundance Institute. If you don’t know the institute and its programs, you certainly know the films that exist because of the Institute’s immeasurable support. Previously I shared how I got into the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, and speculated about why I was fortunate enough to be selected this year after not making it in the past (hint: make a short – regardless of the labs, so many of this year’s festival features were adapted from shorts). Now that the lab and the festival are over, I’d like to share some things I learned at the life-changing (and I don’t use that term lightly) Sundance Screenwriters Lab. More »

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spring grants film narrative documentary screenwriters

It seems like every week a grant deadline flies by, and you find yourself looking forlornly at the expired application for free money, mumbling “coulda been a contender.” To give everyone more time to work on your films and scripts — and a little less time researching how to fund them — scroll through the list below to find relevant opportunities for your narrative films, documentaries, and screenplays with deadlines this Spring. More »

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nfs grants sundance documentarWhen over half of the documentaries premiering at Sundance have been backed by a handful of well-regarded granting agencies, you ought to take notice of who those grantmakers are, and start putting together your application for next year — NOW. Below is a breakdown of who supported which films, and how to tell if these agencies might support your work in the future. More »

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Sundance headerIf you’re a filmmaker who wants your films to help change the world and the lives of those in it, you may be interested in submitting your shorts into the first ever Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge. The Sundance Institute, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, are looking for “an optimistic story about individuals and communities who are overcoming poverty and hunger, combatting disease, or improving health.” If you’re interested, continue on for submission and reward details. More »

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CENTS teaser

Here on NFS, I have been fortunate to share screenwriting lessons I have learned from professional screenwriters as well some of my own experiences as I strive to hone my craft. I’m also a regular reader of NFS, learning so much about all areas of filmmaking and the industry from my fellow NFS writers. Today, I’m excited to share with you a recently released teaser for CENTS, which will be my first feature film. The thing is, we haven’t made the film yet. So, in addition to sharing the teaser with you, I’d like to tell you why we shot a teaser before actually shooting the feature film. More »

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sundance_A3_logosRemember when Roger Ebert defended Better Luck Tomorrow at the top of his lungs at Sundance 2002 with the novel notion that “Asian American characters have the right to be whoever the hell they want to be — “? That was awesome. During the recent 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the Sundance Institute announced a new partnership with the Asian American Artist Foundation to make sure filmmakers get a chance to do just that. The deadline for the Sundance/A3 Foundation Feature Film Fellowship is in September, so find out below what you will need to get in your application.    More »

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Yesterday, March 4th, coincidentally the only calendar date that doubles as a complete sentence, the Sundance Institute announced a new summer film festival to take place in Los Angeles from August 8th-11th. NEXT WEEKEND, intended to celebrate the “renegade spirit of independent filmmaking,” will feature screenings, panels, parties, and workshops. The festival promises to bring eight unreleased feature films, including selections from Sundance’s NEXT section and new feature films from elsewhere. There will also be a shorts program and the annual ShortsLab: Los Angeles, a half-day filmmaking workshop centered on short films. More »

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After posting about the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting now accepting applications for 2013, one of our NFS readers asked which screenwriting contests I recommend. Well, I recommend screenwriting opportunities that will further your career – namely, making contacts in the industry or finding ways to turn your writing into films yourself (that’s why you’re here at NFS, right?). Beyond making industry contacts, I think there are a few screenwriting opportunities worth considering. The Academy Nicholl Fellowships is one. The Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab is another — a long-standing program known for championing emerging voices in screenwriting and helping those writers turn their words into films. Sundance Institute has now opened applications online for the January 2014 Screenwriters Lab. More »