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Sundance Institute YouTube New Voices Lab Program 2016

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Application Deadline:April 25, 2016
Dates    Nov 10-12, 2016
Size of Lab: 10 Projects each Lab
Location : YouTube Space Los AngelesThe Sundance Institute | YouTube New Voices Lab will take place November 10-12, 2016 at YouTube Space Los Angeles and is designed to support a group of 10 creators, developing scripted short-form episodic content for digital platforms (up to 25 minutes in length per episode). Fellows will work with an exciting group of creators, showrunners and episodic producers to develop their stories in an environment that encourages risk-taking and innovation. At the Lab, Fellows will participate in an intensive writing workshop, one-on-one creative story meetings, writers’ rooms, and group conversations about production, post-production, and marketing in the evolving digital landscape

      Applicants must be permanent legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.


      Applicants must be 18 years of age or older at time of application.


      The project must be the applicant’s original creation.


      The project must be written in the English language.


      The project must be new: not already produced, not already sold to a third party, and not distributed online or otherwise.


    The project shall not infringe the copyright or any other proprietary right of another individual or entity. The Creator/Applicant is responsible for all rights pertaining to the project.

Application Process:

The ten New Voices projects will be chosen through a rigorous outreach and selection process, open to the public. There are two rounds in the application process.

In the first round, applicants will be required to pay a $20 non-refundable processing fee and are asked to submit the first 5 pages of a pilot script for a scripted short-form episodic series (up to 25 minutes in length per episode), along with a bio, series logline, project description, 2 short essay responses, and links to samples of previous work.

If selected for the second round, applicants are notified by email and asked to submit the following: a full script for the first three episodes (including the pilot) of their short-form series (not to exceed 40 total pages in length); a 2-3 page project overview that includes an in-depth description of the world, tone, themes, characters and story arcs for the project; and a short video pitch (no more than 5 minutes in length) that gives us an overview of the project.


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the The Sundance Institute | YouTube New Voices Lab

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