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Can the Sundance Institute help your movie?

The Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters Intensive in October will look like this one in Miami.
The Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters Intensive in October will look like this one in Miami. Courtesy of Sundance Institute

The Sundance Institute will use support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to host a Screenwriters Intensive in Charlotte on Oct. 29. The one-day workshop will assist 10 to 12 local writers who are currently developing narrative, feature-length screenplays.

Veteran screenwriter Joan Tewkesbury (“Cold Sassy Tree” and Robert Altman’s “Nashville”) will lead a session titled “Designed Obstacles.” It’s meant to provide writers with tools to delve into their characters and learn how to enrich their stories. But you have to apply to get in by 6 p.m. on Sept. 23.

Participants must have a complete draft of a feature-length narrative screenplay, must live in the Charlotte area and be able to provide proof of residency, and should “explore subject matter that is independent in terms of story and spirit, character-driven and reflective of the writer’s authentic voice and personal vision.” You can submit one or two projects.

Apply at www.sundance.org. If you have questions, contact Wendy Fishman at wfishman@uncc.edu.

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