Public submissions for the 2020 New Frontier Story Lab were open from August 8 to October 1. The New Frontier Story Lab is on pause for 2021
|Size of Lab||6 projects|
We look for projects that fit the following criteria:
|Description||With an emphasis on story, this lab supports artists who are developing interactive, immersive, or experimental projects that aim to create rich and resonant experiences for audiences. The New Frontier Story Lab is open to a wide variety of storytelling disciplines, forms, and story designs.|
In light of the financial impact of the pandemic, Sundance Institute opted to scale back some programs and find new ways to support artists who are at the heart of our nonprofit mission. Regretfully, we are pausing the New Frontier Lab programs for the next year, and we do not plan to host a 2021 Story Lab.
We have always celebrated exploring the unknown, and we’re looking forward to serving you—our artists, advisors/mentors, fellows, alumni, and community—as part of the newly-formed Sundance Interdisciplinary Program (along with also-paused Film Music and Theatre programs). We’ll be figuring out next steps in the Fall of 2020. A huge thank you for being a part of this community!
Continuum of Support
Fellows who complete a lab at Sundance Institute become part of a community of storytellers who support independent artists in furthering their craft and bringing great projects into the world. In an increasingly complex emerging media landscape, we recognize the need for sustained support for artists through every phase of the making process. In keeping with the Institute's commitment to provide long-term assistance to our alumni following participation in a lab program, New Frontier Lab programs provide access to a customized suite of support designed to help artists realize the promise of their project and to offer strategies and resources to help the project reach its audience.
In addition to ongoing creative and strategic support, fellows receive customized, year-round support with a focus on story development, design, and technical innovation. This includes ongoing creative and strategic advice from Sundance Institute staff and advisors; targeted introductions to creative technologists, writers, production companies, funders, distributors, and executives; inclusion in the Sundance Institute alumni community; invitations to Sundance Institute–hosted events throughout the year; and ongoing mentorship with emerging media artists and professionals. If appropriate, projects supported through the lab will be considered by New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival as a way to platform the new work and provide a direct audience component for expanding the boundaries of immersive experience.
New Frontier at Sundance Film Festival
Since 2007, the New Frontier exhibition at the Sundance Film Festival has provided the highest level of curation in the emerging field, incorporating fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid projects to showcase emerging media storytelling, multimedia installations, performances, and films. For Festival submissions click here; for the New Frontier Festival program click here, and for Festival venue and attendance information, click here.
Support for New Frontier
The Sundance Institute New Frontier Program is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Cindy Harrell Horn and Alan Horn, Lyn and Norman Lear, Time Warner Foundation, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Turner, 21st Century Fox, Comcast Ventures, Unity Technologies, Dell, The Fledgling Fund, ThoughtWorks, Vimeo, and swissnex San Francisco.