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2019 Documentary Contributing Editor Application FAQ

What do I need to Apply?

Applicants must submit an application online and attach a written, verbal or audio response, as part of the last question of the application. This opportunity is by invitation only and a password will be required to apply once you’ve been invited. You will need to detail your software experience.
Who attends the Lab?

Director and Editor teams from selected projects are invited to attend. Contributing Editors are assigned to a particular project before the Lab.
What kind of visual material is adequate for the application?
You can submit a short film you’ve edited, scenes/sequences from a current project, or a scene/sequence from a feature documentary. We encourage you not to submit an edit reel.

If selected, when do I have to be available to participate, and do I have to be there the entire time?

If you are selected to participate in the Lab as a Contributing Editor,  you are required to be present during the entire Lab dates, which are June 21-29, 2019. The lab takes place at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah.
How will I be notified about acceptance? Will I be notified if I’m not accepted?

All applicants will be notified of their status in the first round of review via email. DFP Staff might ask additional questions or schedule a phone or in-person interview with the filmmakers. Applicants that are not accepted are also notified.

Does it matter if I’ve participated in other non-Sundance labs?

Participation in other Labs and workshops does not factor heavily into consideration for the Sundance Edit and Story Lab. We encourage filmmakers to utilize all of the resources available to them in furthering their work and their artistic development.

Can I receive feedback on my submission?

Due to the high volume of submissions, we are unfortunately not able to provide individualized feedback.

Does Sundance pay for my travel to Utah?

Sundance does provide air travel, lodging, and meals at the Lab for all selected Fellows.

Still don’t see your question answered here? Email with further questions with “Contributing Editor Application” in the subject line.