Frequently Asked Questions from the community.

General Questions

What is Sundance Co//ab? How is it affiliated with Sundance Institute?

Sundance Co//ab is our digital platform for creators around the globe to learn, share, and connect. It advances Sundance Institute’s mission to discover, support, and inspire independent artists, by creating a digital community that amplifies independent voices, wherever they are in the world, at whatever stage they are in their career.

If I’m a member of Sundance, am I already registered for Sundance Co//ab?

No. At this time, being a part of the Sundance Co//ab community is separate from your Sundance Institute Membership. If you are looking for information on becoming a Sundance Institute Member, please visit Sundance.org/membership.

How can Sundance Co//ab help me start my career?

As a community for learning, sharing work and connecting to a community, there are multiple ways Sundance Co//ab can help a creator starting their career. Our robust and growing video library and curated resources are useful for learning the art, craft and business of making films and creating in other forms.

Our Monthly Challenge is useful for seeing how other people are tackling the same concept which can be inspiring and an opportunity to think differently about your work.  

If you are a Creator or Course Pass Member, you can post your work-in-progress to the Share Your Work section of the site and get feedback from our Artist-in-Residence and community to help you in further developing your project. You will also be eligible to participate in peer-led Writing Groups when they launch in 2021.

Monthly online events and Master Classes featuring industry leaders and live Online Courses taught by Sundance Advisors can help you develop your craft and work. 

By participating in some or all of these offerings, you have the opportunity to gain valuable insight and make meaningful connections with other creators.


Do I have to pay to join Sundance Co//ab?

You do not need to pay to join Sundance Co//ab. Everyone is welcome to join Sundance Co//ab as a free Community Member to:

  • Participate in monthly live, online Master Class;
  • Watch our learning videos and Master Class recordings;
  • View our Learning Pathways;
  • Access our curated resources;
  • Join our free online events; 
  • Enter our Monthly Challenge; and
  • Engage with the community.

I’d like to be more involved. What are the Sundance Co//ab Membership options?

If you’d like a deeper engagement, Sundance Co//ab Creator Membership is available through a Monthly ($10/month) or Annual ($99/year) payment. Creator Members can:

  • Post work-in-progress to Share Your Work for valuable feedback from a Sundance Advisor and the Sundance Co//ab community;
  • Participate in Advisor Q&A Live online events;
  • Participate in online Writing Groups (coming soon); and
  • Submit questions during Sundance Advisor Office Hours (coming soon).

For anyone looking for more direct, hands-on experience, we offer 8- and 9-week interactive, online courses that will place you in a live, digital classroom with Sundance Advisors. (Recordings are made available as well for those who can’t make it to the live session or want to review sessions.) An application must be submitted to participate and courses fees apply. A limited number of need-based scholarships are offered. (Scholarship application details are included on every course description page.) 

A Course Pass Membership ($795) is available for those seeking the highest level of engagement across Sundance Co//ab. Course Pass Members receive all Community and Creator Member benefits plus:

  • Free registration in all self-paced Online Courses; 
  • Free registration in your first live Online Course*; 
  • 50% discount on all subsequent live Online Courses*; and  
  • Final Draft screenwriting software (12-month digital license).

    (* Space is limited; acceptance into any course is based on the current application process and at the discretion of the Sundance team. See our Terms of Use.)

    A limited number of need-based scholarships are offered for Courses Pass Membership. Please apply from the Course Pass membership page.

    Can I cancel or change my plan at any time?

    Yes, you can choose to upgrade, downgrade, or cancel your Membership plan at any time. When you are logged in, simply select the “Change Your Plan” button next to the profile icon in the top right corner of your screen to view all of the options available to you.

    Do you offer scholarships for Sundance Co//ab memberships?

    Yes, we offer a limited number of need-based scholarships for Course Pass memberships only. A Course Pass membership entitles the holder to receive free registration in all self-paced courses; free registration in their first live Online Course; 50% off all subsequent Online Courses; a 12-month digital license to Final Draft screenwriting software; plus all the benefits of a Creator Membership.

    You can apply for a scholarship from the Course Pass membership page.

    We also offer full and partial need-based scholarships to our live Online Courses. You can apply for those scholarships from each course page.

    How does a free trial period work?

    Some special offers may include a free trial period. You will be required to enter a credit card to open your account, but it will not be billed for a membership until your free trial period is over. 

    Cancel your membership at any time prior to the end of the free trial period and your credit card will not be billed.

    During the free trial period you will be able to experience all Creator Member benefits on the site. We will send you a reminder email three (3) days prior to the end of your free trial period.


    What does it mean to be a member of the community?

    Being a member of the community will hold a unique meaning for everyone, but at its heart, we encourage each person to give as generously as they receive. This means committing to giving thoughtful feedback on works in progress and in discussions, while also remaining open to new ideas. Together, we are building a global community for all participants to grow personally and professionally. Please read our Code of Conduct for more information.

    If you believe that someone is not upholding their commitment to these values in any shared work, videos, or discussions, we encourage you to email collabsupport@sundance.org.

    Online Courses

    When will I find out if I’ve been accepted to the course?

    We send our application acceptance notifications on a rolling basis, starting after the application deadline. You will be notified of your acceptance status no later than five days before the first day of the course. 

    How do I apply for a Live Online Course?

    All members of the Sundance Collab community are welcome to apply for Sundance Collab courses. Please review the course description and any eligibility requirements to ensure the course is a good fit. If you have any questions about a course, please email collab_courses@sundance.org.

    Note that each course has an application deadline, so please check the date and time to ensure you don’t miss the cut-off. If the application window is open, you will see an “Apply Now” button on the course page. 

    Can I take the course with a creative partner?

    You are welcome to apply for the course with your creative partner as long as you are working on the same project throughout the course. You must each submit separate applications and indicate in your individual applications that you are applying with your partner. Note that if accepted, you would submit a single assignment when applicable for feedback and have a single 1-1 session together at the end. If you are both accepted, you will each receive 25% off the regular course fee.

    How do you select participants for Live Online courses?

    When reviewing applications, the Sundance Collab team evaluates the needs and expectations of each applicant, the status of their project (if applicable), and the work sample or thoughtful description of the idea they want to develop. We are also looking to convene a diverse group of participants and projects who will work well together and support each other throughout the online course. Finally, we will confirm that the applicant can meet the time commitment necessary and has a strong interest and readiness to complete the course and meaningfully contribute to the group process.

    What is the difference between a Lead Instructor and an advisor?

    Part of Sundance Collab's unique educational approach is to create a teaching team for every course. Each class is led by an Instructor and is accompanied by additional course advisors. This allows us to keep an intimate ratio of participants to advisors and to provide a diversity of voices and approaches to the course content.


    Can I submit my work for comments from the community?

    Absolutely! We encourage everyone in the community to submit their work in progress for feedback from the community. However, we have made this feature a Creator or Course Pass Member benefit in order to ensure that the work submitted is not open to the general public and only available to the part of the community interested in this feature. We like to remind everyone that giving thoughtful feedback to others is just as important and valuable as receiving feedback. 

    Does my work submitted to Sundance Co//ab get submitted to the Sundance Festival?

    No. Work submitted to Sundance Co//ab will not be submitted to the Festival. You are welcome to submit any work you would like to be considered by the Festival by going to Sundance.org/festival. It’s important to note that being on Sundance Co//ab does not afford any advantages to selection, as there is a separate team that programs films for the Festival. 

    What is the prize for a winning Monthly Challenge entry?

    Our Monthly Challenge is open to all members of the Sundance Co//ab community. The winner of the Monthly Challenge will receive a one-year Creator Membership, a one-on-one online mentoring session with a Sundance Co//ab Advisors, promotion of the winning entry on Sundance Co//ab, and Final Draft screenwriting software (12-month digital license). Two runners up will also be selected to receive a 12-month Sundance Co//ab Creator Membership.  


    What kind of technical setup do I need to use Sundance Co//ab?

    The site supports the following desktop, mobile operating systems, and web browser combinations:


    • Microsoft Windows
      • Chrome
      • Edge
      • Firefox
      • IE 11
    • Apple Macintosh
      • Chrome
      • Firefox
      • Safari

    Mobile Operating Systems and Browsers:

    • Apple iOS - Safari
    • Google Android - Chrome

    In all cases, Javascript and cookies must be enabled, and a suitable internet connection must be available.

    What kind of technical setup will I need to participate in an online Course, Master Class, or online event?

    All of our Courses, Master Classes, and online events are conducted via Zoom. Please follow the instructions below to set up Zoom on your device:

    1. Join a test meeting from your computer or device you will be using during class by visiting: https://zoom.us/test 
    2. Click the “Join” button
    3. Download and install Zoom
    4. If Zoom doesn’t automatically start downloading, click the “download & run Zoom” link
    5. Once Zoom opens it will automatically take you into a test call, where you can test your audio and video

    To participating in a Course, Master class, or online event you can either join via Link:

    1. Click the Zoom link from the website or email, which will prompt to open the desktop Zoom client
    2. Zoom will open and the meeting will begin

    Or join via the Zoom App:

    1. Open the Zoom app
    2. Enter the Meeting ID (either the full URL or just the number)
    3. Ensure both options are unchecked (we want to be able to see and hear you!)
    4. If your name doesn’t appear automatically, enter it in the second field

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