Submissions to the 2019 Sundance Film Festival have closed. Sign up for our emails to get notified of 2020 submission deadlines and other updates.
If you have already submitted a project for 2019 Festival consideration, you should receive a status notification no later than the first week of December.
Deadlines and Fees
Deadline dates and submission fees vary based on category of entry. If your project is not received by the deadline for which you have registered, you will be required to make an additional payment to bring your account up to date.
To view the requirements for each submission category, refer to the descriptions below. In order to qualify as a short film, the total running time must be less than 50 minutes, including credits. Feature films must have a total running time of 50 minutes or more. Projects submitted to the Episodic Content category may include multiple episodes of varying lengths, but the total running time cannot exceed 180 minutes. Virtual reality projects may be of any length or size, but you must provide a link to download your project's installation package or 360° video file on the special questions section of the application.
2019 Sundance Film Festival
Deadlines & Entry Fees
Each year, we select 115–125 feature films, 60–80 short films, 5–10 episodic projects, and 15–30 virtual reality projects to play in each of our Festival programs. However, you may not submit your film directly to any one specific program. Instead, you must select from one of seven submission categories, listed below. For more information about our Festival programs and eligibility requirements, please be sure to read our Rules and Regulations and FAQ or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Films and Episodic Content
New Frontier is our amazing collection of the most innovative storytelling in the world. We showcase work that lives at the crossroads of film, art, performance, and emerging technologies—including experimental films, media installations, multimedia performances, panel discussions, and VR/AR/XR experiences—both in theaters and open exhibition settings at the Festival.
We encourage the diverse creative community of storytellers and technologists to submit inventive, independently produced works of fiction, documentary, and interactive projects for consideration. 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.
Celebrating independence, creativity and risk taking, the Sundance Film Festival plays a vital role in discovery of new films and new voices from around the world. The World Cinema competitions are specifically dedicated to identifying emerging international talent and connecting them with audiences and industry in the United States.
It’s not necessary to apply to a specific section. Please simply indicate whether the film is as an international narrative feature (INF) or international documentary feature (IDF) in your application.
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