The Sundance Film Festival brings the most original storytellers together with the most adventurous audiences for its annual program of dramatic and documentary films, shorts, New Frontier films, installations, performances, panel discussions, and dynamic music events. Since 1985, hundreds of films launched at the Festival have gained critical recognition, received commercial distribution, and reached worldwide audiences eager for fresh perspectives and new voices. Year after year, the Festival pursues new ways to introduce more people to the most original and authentic storytelling.
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Submit Your Film
Submissions to the 2019 Sundance Film Festival are now open with our partner Withoutabox. Please read the Rules & Regulations thoroughly before you begin the application process, and check our FAQ if you have any questions. We do not accept screenplay submissions for Festival consideration.
New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival showcases innovations in storytelling found at the crossroads of film, art, performance, and emerging technologies. New Frontier presents a multitude of experimental films, media installations, multimedia performances, panel/ discussions, and VR/AR/XR experiences in theaters and open social setting venues at the Festival.
To view previous New Frontier works, check out the 2018 program and 2016’s 10th anniversary mobile VR lineup.
Artists may submit their work in one of three categories for Festival consideration.
New Frontier Films
If you believe that your short or feature-length experimental film or video piece is particularly well-suited for our New Frontier Films program at the Festival, it should be submitted to one of the six short or feature film submission categories through Withoutabox. While we do not have a specific submission category for New Frontier films, you may select the appropriate genres from the niche list on your film’s project page and include in your cover letter that you would like your film to be considered for New Frontier.
New Frontier Virtual Reality Projects
Virtual Reality Projects submitted to the Festival are eligible to be selected for the Festival’s New Frontier Exhibition. Projects should be submitted to our Virtual Reality Projects submission category on Withoutabox. We encourage the diverse creative community of storytellers and technologists to submit inventive, independently produced works of fiction, documentary, and interactive projects for consideration. We request that you provide a link to a 360° video file (.mp4), app download package (.apk), or other installation package via the special questions page of the application. Additionally, we require that you provide a 2D version or other video documentation of the project via Withoutabox’s Secure Online Screener system. While we do prefer that submitted projects maintain world premiere status, Virtual Reality Projects may have been previously made available, either for free or for purchase, via any existing distribution platform or exhibited at other festivals, industry trade shows, and/or conventions and still retain their eligibility for open submission to the Festival.
New Frontier Exhibition and Performances
A wide range of innovative works engaging with cinematic storytelling will be considered for the New Frontier Exhibition. These works can take a wide variety of forms, including cinematic performances, media installations, custom digital platforms, and AR/MR/XR projects. This submission process is by invitation only. If you have a project you would like us to consider, please send a 200-word proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 6, 2018. If selected, you will receive a private invitation to formally submit your project. There is no fee required to submit an exhibition proposal.
Sundance Film Festival Jury
Individuals from the global arts community, each of who brings a unique perspective and range of experience, collectively comprise six juries for competition films.
All awards are announced on the evening of the Sundance Film Festival Awards ceremony.
Art House Project
In 2005, the Art House Project was created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sundance Institute and pay tribute to art house theatres nationwide. Twelve art house theatres from around the country were designated and united as Sundance Institute Art House Project theatres. In 2006, a Sundance Institute 25th anniversary retrospective series was made available for each of the theatres to show in their local communities. The Sundance Institute Art House Project has since grown to a total of 17 participating theatres nationwide and continues its commitment to expanding the reach of independent cinema across the entire country.
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