2018 Directors Lab

The Directors Lab is held for 3-4 weeks in May/June at the Sundance Resort in Sundance, Utah. A total of eight projects, the vast majority of which have participated in a previous Screenwriters Lab, are invited to participate. There is no open application for the Directors Lab; rather, applicants to the January Screenwriters Lab program are considered for the June Directors Lab after their projects have been selected for the January Screenwriters Lab.
Over the course of the Directors Lab, the Fellows work with an accomplished group of Creative Advisors and professional production crews, rehearsing, shooting, and editing key scenes from their scripts. Through this intense, hands-on process, the Fellows push the boundaries of their scripts, allowing them to workshop text, collaborate with actors, and find a visual language for their film in an atmosphere where experimentation is encouraged. Surrounded by seasoned professionals, yet removed from the typical pressures of production, Lab Fellows are offered a unique opportunity to see the script “on its feet,” develop skills, and take risks. Directors Lab Fellows also join in the week-long Screenwriters Lab with five additional Screenwriter projects to participate in individualized story sessions under the guidance of established screenwriters.

  • Credits
  • Projects

Gyula Gazdag

Artistic Director

Robert Redford

Creative Advisor

Miguel Arteta

Creative Advisor

John August

Creative Advisor

Charlotte Bruus Christensen

Creative Advisor

Lisa Churgin

Creative Advisor

Sebastián Cordero

Creative Advisor

Joan Darling

Creative Advisor

Rodrigo Garcia

Creative Advisor

John Gatins

Creative Advisor

Lesli Linka Glatter

Creative Advisor

Keith Gordon

Creative Advisor

Randa Haines

Creative Advisor

Liz Hannah

Creative Advisor

Joe Hutshing

Creative Advisor

Azazel Jacobs

Creative Advisor

So Yong Kim

Creative Advisor

Ken Kwapis

Creative Advisor

Christine Lahti

Creative Advisor

Kasi Lemmons

Creative Advisor

David Lowery

Creative Advisor

Doug Mcgrath

Creative Advisor

Walter Mosley

Creative Advisor

Dean Parisot

Creative Advisor

Rodrigo Prieto

Creative Advisor

Howard Rodman

Creative Advisor

Jennifer Salt

Creative Advisor

Susan Shilliday

Creative Advisor

Terilyn Shropshire

Creative Advisor

Peter Sollett

Creative Advisor

Dana Stevens

Creative Advisor

Robin Swicord

Creative Advisor

Joan Tewkesbury

Creative Advisor

Dylan Tichenor

Creative Advisor

Audrey Wells

Creative Advisor

Tyger Williams

Creative Advisor

Doug Wright

Creative Advisor

Anthony Mackie

Creative Advisor

Ritesh Joginder Batra

Creative Advisor
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