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**Please note that this application is open only to Macon-Bibb County and surrounding county residents**

We accept all application materials electronically ONLY. You will have a chance to save a work-in-progress version of your application before officially submitting.

You must sign in or create an account to access the electronic application located at apply.sundance.org.

What you need to complete online by MAY 10, 2019 at 6 pm PT:

  • CONTACT INFO for the Primary Applicant and up to 1 additional member of the creative team. Please note that the additional team member will only be eligible to participate in the Screenwriters Intensive if they are a co-writer on the project or the director on the project (if involved with development).

  • BIOS (150 word max) for the Primary Applicant and up to 1 additional member of the creative team.

  • COVER LETTER / ARTISTIC STATEMENT (750 word max) Please introduce yourself and the project. There are no strict requirements for this letter, but we'd like to get a brief idea of who you are, what your script is about, your creative vision for the material, and a sense of where you are in the creative process. Here's an example of the type of information we're looking for: What is your personal connection to the material? What do you want an audience to take away from your project? How do you envision the script in terms of story, character, tone, and/or visual style? Is there a budget level you have in mind? Who is the audience you most want to reach? Why are you passionate about this story?

  • SHORT ESSAY (750 words max) Please name 3 of your favorite films or television shows (or a mix of both) and briefly share why they are meaningful to you. (750 words max.)

  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY/RIGHTS Only required if your project is based on true events or characters. Please tell us about your research process to date. This should include naming any crucial reference material such as intellectual property you may have optioned or are planning to option as part of your writing. (100 word max)

  • LOGLINE (75 word max) A 1 to 2 sentence description of your story.

  • SYNOPSIS (750 max word) A brief summary of the plot of your script. Please include all major characters and story points, including the ending.

  • FIRST 5 PAGES OF YOUR SCREENPLAY OR PILOT. NOTE: Treatments will not be considered for this program. Do not upload more than the first 5 pages.

All applicants will be notified about their status via email no later than May 22, 2019. Please note that due to capacity, we are unfortunately unable to provide feedback about individual projects. If you have additional questions, please visit the Macon Screenwriters Intensive FAQ

If you have further questions, please email featurefilmprogram@sundance.org

Selection Process Timeline

April 8, 2019 Application Available Online

May 10, 2019 Application Closes (6 pm PT) ( 7 pm MT)

May 22, 2019 Final notifications complete


  • Go to the online application portal, sign up for an account or log in with an existing one.

  • Log in and “Create a New Submission.”

  • Select “2019 Macon Screenwriters Intensive” 

  • Get started!