2017 Catalyst Forum - Documentary Criteria
Application: By Invitation Only
Dates: September 24, 2017 - September 27, 2017
Location: Sundance Resort, UT
Number of Projects Selected: 5 to 6 feature length documentary projects
- At least one member of the above-the-line team must be a Sundance alumna or alumnus.
- Projects must have a director and producer attached. (A producer and director from each project will be invited to present at Catalyst Forum.)
- Feature length projects with compelling, original subject matter and distinctive directorial vision.
- Footage, such as a sample reel, rough selects, scenes, trailer or rough cut.
- A link to a previous directing sample (optional).
- Projects must have a budget gap and be open to equity investment as part of their financing plan.
- Projects must be ready to actively meet with financiers in 2017.
- Projects can be in development, pre-production, production, or post-production.
The first four years of Catalyst Forum (2013 - 2016) raised $13 million for the 47 documentary and fiction film projects presented. Rich Hill won the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Four Catalyst projects premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival including The Hunting Ground, Cartel Land (U.S. Documentary Directing and Cinematography Awards), 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets (Special Jury Award for Social Impact) and The Witch (U.S. Dramatic Directing Award). Catalyst films The Bad Kids (Special Jury Award for Verite Filmmaking), Hooligan Sparrow, Newtown, Audrie & Daisy and Jacqueline (Argentine) premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Catalyst films at the 2017 Sundance Film festival include Eliza Hittman's Beach Rats (U.S. Dramatic Directing Award), Jeff Orlowski's Chasing Coral (U.S. Documentary Audience Award), Peter Nicks' The Force (U.S. Documentary Directing Award), Yance Ford's Strong Island (Special Jury Award for Storytelling), and Jennifer Brea's Unrest (Special Jury Award for Editing) as well as audience favorite, Patti Cake$.
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If selected, the Catalyst Team will support the filmmakers to prepare the following in the lead-up to the Catalyst Forum:
- A viable production budget and financing plan to present to creative investors.
- A live project presentation led by the director and producer including the story, visual materials, budget information, and a distribution + outreach plan.
- A designed and printed Project Deck to circulate during meetings with prospective creative investors.
PLEASE NOTE: We accept application materials electronically ONLY. You will have a chance to save a work-in-progress version of your application before officially submitting. If you would like to submit more than one film project, please fill out a separate application for each project.
What you will need to complete online:
1. Application Form, including the following:
-Budget information, including budget total, budget gap, and sources, types, and amounts of funding secured.
-OPTIONAL - Any relevant information such as special access to material, rights held, talent attachments, etc.
2. Links to current project footage and any previous directing samples you'd like us to see.3. Demographic Information. This is information requested about you and your project, standardized across all Institute programs, which remains confidential. Any answers you choose to provide do not in any way influence your candidacy.
4. OPTIONAL - Upload a lookbook for this project, which must be in the form of a .pdf document. The .pdf file will open automatically when uploaded; click the Back to Submission button at the top of the screen to return to your application.
You will receive an email notification when your application has been received, and there is no need to follow up with emailed materials. We'
Unfortunately, due to the large number of submissions, we cannot provide individual feedback. If you have any other questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sundance Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and does not have an ownership stake in any projects that are submitted to, or selected for the Lab, nor are we attached in any producorial capacity. All Creative Producing Programs, including Catalyst, are subsidiaries of the nonprofit organization Sundance Institute.