Sundance Ignite

About Sundance Ignite

Sundance Ignite is a program designed to excite a new generation of audience members and film artists around the power of storytelling. The program offers individuals ages 18-24 the Ignite Ticket Package, an exclusive chance to see the newest films at the Sundance Film Festival; the Ignite Fellows Program, a competitive and year-round Festival and industry experience; and Sundance Ignite On Tour, a traveling component designed to engage with students and emerging filmmakers.

Sundance Ignite Fellows Program

The Ignite Fellows Program is a competitive and intensive yearlong Sundance Institute experience designed to provide artistic and professional development, mentorship, and industry exposure for emerging filmmakers ages 18 to 24 commencing during the Sundance Film Festival. The Festival program includes mentorship meetings, intimate panel discussions with filmmakers and industry executives, exclusive Film Talks with Festival filmmakers, and access to special events, as well as full participation in all Ignite Ticket Package events and benefits.

Acceptance to the 2017 Ignite Fellows program is through the Sundance Ignite What's Next Film Challenge. Submissions open August 29 - September 26, 2016. For more information and to submit to the challenge, visit

The Ignite Fellows Program is generously supported by Adobe Project 1324.
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WHAT'S NEXT Challenge

Project 1324 and Sundance Institute teamed up for a short film challenge to find bold new voices in the next generation of filmmakers, asking them to show us: "What’s Next?"

Five winners have been selected to participate in the Sundance Ignite Fellows Program at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Check out their winning entries below!

Submissions have now closed for the selection process for the 2017 Sundace Ignite Fellows Program. Finalists will be announced October 18, 2016 and winners will be announced November 21, 2016.

Cat J. - "In The Future"

"In The Future" follows Max (Wendy McColm) as she narrates her underwhelming life from the future. This film explores the idea of the future as a construct of our personal and perceived narratives.

Kayla Briët - "Smoke That Travels"

What happens when a story is forgotten? My name is Kayla. I'm Prairie Band Potawatomi, and I'm making a film about my dad, Gary Wis-ki-ge-amatyuk, and my family. Native American history and culture is such a sensitive topic--it often isn't discussed without anger. This makes me sad, and I want to change that. SMOKE THAT TRAVELS (2015) directed/shot/edited/original score produced by Kayla Briët

Kevin Rios - "Made of Sugar"

Three Generations of a Cuban family reflect on their culture loss and relationships with each other.

Alex Campbell - "Journey Home"

After the journey of a lifetime, what's next?

Kevin Brooks - "Keep Pushing"

Keep Pushing tells the story of a guy who loves skateboarding. Through skateboarding, he"s able to live within the present and not worry about what's gonna happen next in his life. I want this film to resonate with my audience in a way that they feel inspired to go out and do the thing that brings them the most peace and happiness.

Sundance Ignite on Tour

Sundance Ignite on Tour travels with films and filmmakers to college campuses, community centers, and arts organizations for screenings, discussions, Shorts Labs, workshops, and case studies. For more information about how to bring Sundance Ignite to your area, please email

Allied Organizations

For more information about becoming a Sundance Ignite allied organization, please email


Sundance Ignite is supported by Adobe Project 1324; The Birth of a Nation Fellowship, founded by the creative and producing teams of the film; and Syracuse University - S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications & College of Visual and Performing Arts.

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