About the Sundance Film Festival
Every winter in Utah, the Sundance Film Festival becomes the ultimate gathering of original storytellers and audiences seeking new voices and fresh perspectives. Our annual program includes dramatic and documentary features and short films; series and episodic content; and New Frontier, showcasing emerging media in the form of multimedia installations, performances, and films. We also host daily filmmaker conversations, panel discussions, and live music events. Since 1985, hundreds of films that have launched at the Festival have gained critical recognition and acclaim, reaching new audiences worldwide.
Meet the team that brings the best in indie storytelling to audiences at the Festival and around the world each year.
Awards & Jury
The culmination of the Sundance Film Festival is our Awards Ceremony. Winning a Festival award can be life-changing for a filmmaker, and can bring attention to the impactful stories that might not have otherwise reached wider audiences. Films in both the documentary and dramatic competition categories are eligible for a variety of prestigious awards bestowed by our juries, made up of individuals with original and diverse points of view from the worldwide film community. In addition, we invite audiences to vote for their favorites with five Audience Awards—given to one film in each of the four competition categories and the NEXT category—as well as the Festival Favorite Award, chosen from any feature category.
Catch the live streams of all the awards ceremonies at sundance.org/live.
Code of Conduct
The Sundance Film Festival is an environment where bold, creative, and distinctive voices are celebrated.
Sundance Institute is committed to allowing attendees to experience the Sundance Film Festival free of harassment, discrimination, sexism, and threatening or disrespectful behavior. We reserve the right to revoke, without notice or refund, credentials or access to Festival events and venues for those who engage in any such conduct.
We have partnered with the Utah attorney general's office to provide a 24-hour live hotline during the Festival for those who are involved in or witness any conduct that violates this Code of Conduct at (801) 834-1944.
For emergencies, immediately dial 9-1-1.
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 email@example.com 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.