The Indigenous Screen Office and the Sundance Institute are excited to once again invite Indigenous storytellers to apply to be part of the 2023 Sundance Institute’s Native Lab.

The Native Lab provides direct support to emerging filmmakers and episodic creators from the U.S.-based Native American, Native Hawaiian, Alaskan Native, and Canada-based Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) communities.


This opportunity is available to one (1) Indigenous storyteller based in Canada.

This is a year-long fellowship starting with a two-week lab, during which Fellows will hone their storytelling and technical skills in a hands-on and supportive environment, including one-on-one feedback sessions with advisors and roundtables. After this there will be check-ins via Zoom once a month.

The two week lab will take place in early May (date TBC). The first week will be virtual and the second week will take place in person in Sante Fe, New Mexico. Travel, accommodation and food costs will be paid for.

The fellow will also receive a $10,000 USD grant as part of the lab.

Please note that you are required to submit a narrative feature or episodic pilot script.


An initial review for eligibility and missing documentation will be conducted by the ISO Program Manager. Final decisions will be made by the Indigenous Program staff at the Sundance Institute.

This fellowship application for 2023 is now closed.