We receive over 1,000 applications annually from prospective participants worldwide across all of our film programs which makes attaining “program acceptance” HIGHLY COMPETITIVE. As a result we STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you to read this ‘application cheat sheet’ in grave detail as it will undoubtedly increase your chances of getting accepted into the program(s) of your choice.

 Application Process

Applications are submitted electronically online ONLY at: http://thecreativemindgroup.com/application/

To begin the application process you must do the following:

Application Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age or older.
  • Must be proficient in English, writing and speaking (additional languages welcomed).
  • Must possess and convey a passion for the pursuit of a career in the entertainment industry and/or creative fields.

Application Form

  • Personal Information:
    • Name
    • Address
    • Contact Info
    • Education Background
    • How Did You Hear About The Program?
    • Financial Aid Request (if applicable)

Introduction Video

  • Vimeo or Youtube link introducing yourself, telling us why you’re applying to the program.
  • 60secs or less
    • TIP #1: Be yourself! This video is all about giving us a sense of your personality, communication skills and knowledge of the film/tv industry.
    • TIP #2: Please be advised that if you are applying for “The Internship Experience” your intro video WILL be sent to potential Internship Host Companies and factored into your hiring process.
    • TIP #3: Relax. ‘Eye’ Contact.


  • Standard resume/cv detailing your experience, skills, education and knowledge of multiple languages (if applicable).



Application Timelines


Sundance | January 17 – 24 |2018

Early Application Deadline: September 29, 2017
General Application Deadline: Friday November 17, 2017
Program Fee: $2,599 USD*
*Financial Aid available upon request

Berlin | February 14 – 21 |2018

Early Application Deadline: October 13, 2017
General Application Deadline: Friday December 15, 2017
Program Fee: $1,999 USD*
*Financial Aid available upon request


Cannes | May 6 – 20 | 2018

Early Application Deadline: December 8, 2017
General Application Deadline: February 16, 2018
Program Fee: $3,599 USD*
*Financial Aid available upon request
Deposit Due: February 2018

Lions | June 18 – 22 | 2018

Early Application Deadline: March 2, 2018
General Application Deadline: April 6, 2018
Program Fee: $2,599 USD*
*Financial Aid available upon request
Deposit Due: April 2018

Toronto | September 5 – 12 | 2018

Early Application Deadline: Friday June 1, 2018
General Application Deadline: Friday July 13, 2018
Program Fee: $2,599 USD*
*Financial Aid available upon request
Deposit Due: July 2018

Hollywood | Oct. 31st – Nov. 7th | 2018

General Application Deadline: Friday, September  28, 2018
Program Fee: NO Program Fee


Review Process

Applications are reviewed in their entirety as they are received. Our application review committee takes great care in selecting the candidates that best fit each particular program.


Acceptance Process

Each applicant will be notified via email within a three to four week period after the application deadline passes. Once accepted you will be notified of the steps to take moving forward as it relates to the completion of mandatory program documents and paying the program fee. You will be contacted by the Creative Minds Staff who will assist you with this process and aid you in preparing for program participation.

Deferral Process

If an applicant is NOT accepted into the program, the alternative options below are provided:

  • Wait List
    • For the festival and program you applied for and in the case one of the selected participants is unable to attend, their spot may be offered to you.
    • In some cases, this may be months or weeks before the program commences, so we kindly ask for your patience as there is no set timeline.
  • Deferral
    • You can elect to have your application reconsidered for a different program component within the festival that you applied for.
      • For example: if you apply for The Cannes Internship Experience, but do not get accepted you can defer your application to be reconsidered for: (a) Cannes Filmmaker Institute or (b) Cannes Networking Connection. This same concept applies across all programs.