Submissions for all feature films, short films, and episodic content are now live on FilmFreeway. You may click the button below to view our festival listing page, where you may submit your existing project, or create a FilmFreeway account to submit a new project. For answers to the most commonly asked questions about submitting projects to the Festival, see our FAQ document, and please read the Rules & Regulations thoroughly before you begin the process. The deadlines and submission fees for 2020 Festival consideration are listed below. Please note that we do not accept screenplay submissions.
New for 2020: If you wish to submit a VR/AR/MR/XR project or a proposal for a New Frontier media installation or cinematic piece that incorporates a live performance or other interactive elements beyond traditional filmed media, please go HERE to complete the New Frontier application. If your project is an experimental film that does not include interactive or live performance elements, it should be submitted to one of our short or feature film categories on FilmFreeway. If you believe that your experimental film qualifies for the New Frontier Films program at the Festival, you may indicate this within the cover letter of your FilmFreeway submission.
Submit Your Film
Deadlines and Fees
Deadlines and submission fees vary based on category of entry. 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, as long as the file size does not exceed 10GB.
Please ensure that your project’s submission status on your FilmFreeway account is listed as “In Consideration” no later than 11:59pm on the final day of the current deadline window. All submissions that are not 100% complete at that time will be disqualified and you will need to submit again for another deadline window. We recommend that you wait until your video file is ready to upload before you fill out the application. For example, if you know you will be submitting your film for the late deadline, do not fill out the application until the first two deadlines have passed. If you submit a project with a non-working video file or link in order to meet the “In Consideration” status requirement before the deadline, your submission will be disqualified..
2020 Sundance Film Festival
Deadlines & Entry Fees
Pro-tip: Sundance Institute Members receive 50% off their early or official submission. Learn more.
Each year, we select 115–125 feature films, 60–80 short films, 10–15 episodic projects, and 20–30 New Frontier performance and exhibition projects to play within our Festival programs. Before you begin your submission, please select the category that best suits your project from the list below:
Films and Episodic Content
New Frontier Exhibitions and Performances
A wide range of innovative works engaging with cinematic storytelling will be considered for the Festival’s New Frontier program. These works may include VR/AR/MR/XR projects created for a variety of platforms, media installations, live cinematic performances, custom digital platforms, or any combination of those elements. If you wish to submit a VR/AR/MR/XR project or a proposal for a New Frontier media installation or cinematic piece that incorporates a live performance or other interactive elements beyond traditional filmed media, click the button below to access the application. Please note that these projects may not be submitted through FilmFreeway! We request that you provide documentation that outlines any specific logistical, spatial, or equipment needs for your project. Specific instructions for submitting different file types are contained within the application. We encourage the diverse creative community of storytellers and technologists to submit inventive works of fiction, documentary, and interactive projects for consideration. Projects may have previously been performed or exhibited at other festivals, industry trade shows, and/or conventions and still retain their eligibility for open submission to the Sundance Film Festival. However, we do take premiere status into consideration for all submitted projects. Questions regarding this program should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Submit to New Frontier
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.
You may not apply to a specific Festival program. Instead, please indicate whether the film is as an International Narrative Feature or International Documentary Feature when you submit via FilmFreeway.