Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sundance 2015 Episodic Story Lab Open For Submission

If you want to enter a TV writing program but have written a pilot and not a spec episode of an existing show, check out the Sundance 2015 Episodic Story Lab! The deadline is February 11, 2015.

From the program's website:
Although the opportunities are growing, there are still few training grounds for independent and diverse voices who want to work in this evolving landscape. With our Feature Film Program Labs serving as a model, the Sundance Institute Episodic Story Lab offers writers (“Fellows”) an opportunity to learn how to develop stories and characters that evolve over multiple episodes in a setting where they can hone their writing skills and gain insight into navigating the changing industry. Working with accomplished showrunners (“Creative Advisors”), as well as non-writing creative producers and studio/network executives (“Industry Mentors”), the fellows participate in one-on-one creative story meetings, pitching sessions, simulated Writers’ Rooms, and group conversations focusing on the key creative and tactical elements that are central to any television writer’s success.  
Following the Lab, the writers receive customized, year-round support including: ongoing creative and strategic advice, year-round mentors, targeted introductions to showrunners, networks, agents and other creative and business professionals, as well as opportunities to shadow working television writers, directors and producers, and visits to the Writers’ Rooms of shows currently in production.
Note: you are not eligible if your pilot was in development at a studio or network, or if you have previously sold a pilot or pitch in the past that has been produced. The submitted pilot may be original or adapted from source material.

To apply, you will need the following:



A NARRATIVE BIO of yourself and your co-writer, if applicable, no more than 250 words each (not a resume)

PILOT SYNOPSIS (no more than 500 words)

2-3 PAGE SERIES OVERVIEW (between 1000-1500 words) with the following elements:
  • Series title
  • A series logline: 2-4 sentences that give an overview of the premise, genre, and world of the series
  • A brief description of the central character(s)
  • A brief summary of the story and character arcs for first season. This should NOT be an episode by episode outline. Instead, we want to know, in simple and clear language, how the characters and relationships will change this season, as well as the main thrust of each storyline.
SHORT ESSAY (no more than 300 words per question) responding to the following questions:
  • Why are you interested in developing this story as a series and why is this material uniquely told in episodic form?
  • Is there a specific approach in tone, production, narrative or aesthetic that is central to the execution of this series?
$40 NON-REFUNDABLE PROCESSING FEE, payable by credit card.

For more information, go here.


Agnes said...

Can I ask where you read/heard about the restriction preventing anyone who's made $5000 or more from being considered? I've been over the application requirements a couple times (b/c I'm thinking of applying), but when I saw that on your site, I thought: Crap, how did I miss that?

Amanda said...

@Agnes -- Sorry about that. I got that information from another organization that posted the information and now I can't find it either. I DID find that you can't have had any pilot produced, and you can't submit a pilot that was in development at a studio or network. Hope that helps.