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.
Applications are open through March 17, 2020, and hosted on Sundance Co//ab.
Presented by Adobe, the yearlong Sundance Ignite Fellowship is open to 18-to-25-year-old emerging documentary and narrative filmmakers. The fellowship begins with a weeklong lab in Los Angeles orienting filmmakers to the fellowship and year ahead. For the rest of the year, fellows work with their mentors, attend select Sundance Institute programs, enjoy eligibility for internships, receive additional creative and professional development opportunities, and attend the Sundance Film Festival. The fellows also receive a complimentary membership 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.
Want to Become an Ignite Fellow? Submit to the 2020 Short Film Challenge!
We select Ignite fellows through the annual Sundance Ignite Short Film Challenge. The application for the 2020 challenge is open through March 17, 2020, and details on how to apply are live on Sundance Co//ab, our community platform for creators around the globe. Head over to the application page and apply now!
The Sundance Film Festival Ignite Ticket Package is an open-access, reduced-cost ticket package open to individuals 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 a meet and greet with UK-based industry members.
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.
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; Southwest Airlines; East West Bank; and Jason Michael Berman.