Sundance Ignite identifies and supports new voices and talent from the next generation of filmmakers and fosters fresh audiences for independent storytelling. Established in 2015 with founding support from Adobe, the program offers individuals ages 18 to 25 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 artist-development program supporting emerging filmmakers with a year of mentorship and program opportunities; and Sundance Ignite traveling programs.
In partnership with Adobe, the year-long Sundance Ignite Fellowship is open to 18-to-25-year-old emerging documentary and narrative filmmakers. The fellowship kicks off with a free trip to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, where fellows are paired with a Sundance alumni mentor and attend Sundance Ignite events, as well as a specially curated program to prepare them for the year ahead. For the rest of the year, fellows work with their mentors, attend select Sundance Institute programs, enjoy eligibility for internships, and receive additional creative and professional development opportunities. The fellows also receive a complimentary subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud. To date, 70 fellows have gone through the program, and six alumni have had their short films selected to screen at the Sundance Film Festival.
We are currently shifting the Ignite Fellows Program timeline to better accommodate our fellows. The next Ignite Short Film Challenge—the application process for selecting each year’s fellows—will be accepting submissions from February 4 to March 17, 2020. Please mark your calendar and come back then to apply!
The Sundance Film Festival Ignite Ticket Package is an open-access, reduced-cost ticket package open to ages 18 to 25, made possible by Adobe’s support of the Sundance Ignite program. It includes screening tickets, a Festival credential, and events that are specially curated for emerging filmmakers, to connect them with Festival filmmakers and the film industry, help them explore the evolving landscape of financing and distribution, introduce them to Sundance Institute artist programs and services, and expand their creative community. Learn More
Sundance Ignite continued its partnership with Adobe with a special event at Sundance Film Festival: London for emerging filmmakers ages 18 to 25. The all-day program took place at Picturehouse Central on 31 May 2019 and included free screenings, workshops, and meet-and-greet opportunities with UK-based industry members.
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Sundance Institute, in collaboration with Adobe, announced the class of 2019 Sundance Ignite fellows in November 2018, chosen from a broad global pool of more than 1,200 applicants. The 15 filmmakers selected for this year’s fellowship hail from three continents, representing seven countries.
Naemi Buchtemann is a German born filmmaker who studies Film Directing at the German
Film and Television Academy of Berlin (dffb). She has been awarded the Price of the Global Ethic Foundation and the Price of the Literature Society, Baden Wurttemberg.
A Way Around introspection
Only the Moon / Solamente la Luna
Aaron Dunleavy is a filmmaker from Blackburn. His debut student short, Throw Me to the Dogs, won 10 awards on the festival circuit, screening at some of the most prestigious BAFTA and Oscar® qualifying festivals around the world. Aaron's films explore stories of working class youth; with unscripted and improvised performances, street casting and non-professional young actors at the core of his filmmaking approach.
Alfie, the Odd Job Boy of Clithero
Dad's Dead Damnit
Lance is a filmmaker whose work has screened at over 65 film festivals, including the Tribeca Film Festival, and featured by The New York Times (as three op-docs), the Smithsonian, The Atlantic, Vimeo (staff pics), Short of the Week, and PBS national broadcast. He received two nominations at the 2017 Cannes Young Directors Award and is the youngest contributor to the New York Times Op-Docs. Lance attends Harvard University and is currently in post-production on his first feature length documentary.
Long Term Parking
Sundance Ignite is supported by Adobe; Arison Arts Foundation; The Birth of a Nation Fellowship, founded by the creative and producing teams of the film; and Jason Michael Berman.