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Who do I reach out to with questions? 

You can always reach out to with any questions you may have. Our staff is small, so please be patient with us. 

I have a project! Should I submit to the Open Call or the Incubator Program?

The Open Call and Incubator Program are designed for different needs. Please see below to best determine which to apply to: 

  • Open Call

    • Our Open Call is for single projects in theater or film of any length or genre AND which fit our mission statement to support underrepresented creators with content that captures overlooked perspectives, identities, and/or communities. 

    • Creators and/or representing parties should have a strong familiarity with their chosen industry and a professional CV of previous work. If a member of both the theater community and film community, you must have a strong presentation of professional work within at least one. 

    • Projects should be at a point at which they are ready to engage with the development or production process. 

  • Incubator Program 

    • Supports the careers of emerging, underrepresented creators through development support of their project(s) and careers. Creators and their projects should fit our mission statement. 

    • Creators should be looking for opportunities to cultivate their networks, learn more about the industry, grow creatively, and develop their projects.

    • Creators-centric that supplies first-look and collaboration deals for any project the creators bringing 

    • Creators should consider themselves also applies if you have had many years of experience, but have lacked the ability to be a full-time film creator. 

No matter what, these programs are creator-centric and SEP will always work to support what is best for you and your vision. 

Can I apply with more than one project to the Incubator Program or Open Call? 

  • The Open Call may potentially take on multiple projects from an individual creator. To apply with more than one project, please submit a new application for each one. 

  • The Incubator Program can accommodate one or more projects from a emerging creator as long as the project(s) fit our mission statement. We advise you to mention all projects you want to be included in the program in your application so we can best understand how you will engage with the Incubator. While we welcome applications with more than one project, please note that you are not more competitive if you include more projects.


Who determines entrance into the Incubator Program and what are they looking for? 

Our Advisory Board carefully considers every single application received and votes according to a given criterion. 

  • Our Criteria 

    • Creativity of projects and demonstration of artistic skill. 

    • Fit with the Snarky Elephant values, mission, and outlook. 

    • Clear and organized in the expression of their idea(s). 

    • Ability and scope of creator and project(s) for growth. 


Are there any deadlines for the Open Call or Incubator Program? 

  • Our Open Call has no deadlines. The pitch application is rolling and determinations are made when submissions are received. If you have not heard from us within 6 weeks, please reach out

  • Our Incubator Program always has an open application that you are welcome to apply to at any time of year. However, we do not usually consider submitted applications for the next year's cohort after our deadline of September 15th. If you apply after this time, you will be considered for the year after. Decisions are reached in November of the application year. 

Can I apply with my projects to both the Incubator Program and Open Call? 

No, you cannot apply to both. If you are unsure about which is best for you, please reach out to us at Keep in mind that our Open Call is for projects looking for a production partner with mid-career/experienced creators and/or representing parties behind them. 

I would like to add some materials/context/updates to my application for the Open Call or Incubator Program. Can I do that? 

Yes! We understand that projects can have sudden changes, advancements, or simply be different from the time of submission and we welcome you to reach out to us in those cases. 

  • If applying to our Incubator Program, you should reach out with updates prior to our deliberation period in early November. All additional updates will be added to your application if notified prior to our deliberation period.  

  • If applying to our Open Call, please reach out with your updates/new materials. 

If I was unsuccessful can I reapply to the Incubator Program or the Open Call? 


  • Our Incubator Program is happy to reconsider creators from any previous year. We believe that creators show their growth and ambition in a variety of ways and creators rarely present development in a linear fashion. As such, we advise you to indicate how you have advanced your submitted projects, your career, and/or your skills creatively or otherwise in the ways that are most relevant to your circumstances. You may also submit new projects for consideration, indicating how these projects reflect your development in any and all areas from your previous submission. 

  • By design, our Open Call's application process is very flexible. If several of your projects were previously declined, we would recommend that you submit new projects with careful consideration to our mission statement and professional criteria. 

Does Snarky Elephant offer other opportunities

Snarky Elephant is continuing to grow and will be announcing future opportunities as we do so. To keep up to date, please subscribe to our newsletter, follow us on social media, or say hello!

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