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 Young Adult Discount presented by Adobe at the Sundance Film Festival, the Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellowship Program, a competitive and year-round artist-development program supporting emerging filmmakers ages 18 to 25 with a year of mentorship and program opportunities, and Sundance Ignite traveling programs.

Documentaries from around the globe that bear witness to issues of human rights, social justice, civil liberties and freedom of expression bring forth truth in ways which can have a profound effect on societies and lives. Bringing these truths forward is critical, now more than ever.”

Robert Redford

marking the 20th anniversary of Documentary Fund in 2022

Ignite Program Calendar

Sundance Ignite hosts several events throughout the year, including the Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellowship. Hosted on Sundance Collab, the year-long fellowship is aimed at helping emerging filmmakers ages 18–25 hone the projects that they are working on.

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Upcoming Opportunities

Location Details


Mass MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts

November 9, 2023 – February 7, 2024

2024 Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT

January 22 – 28, 2024

2023 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows

In collaboration with Adobe, Sundance Institute announced the 2023 class of Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows in July 2023. The fellows were chosen from a broad global pool of more than 1000 entrants to the Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellowship. Check out their winning films on Sundance Collab!

2023 Fellows More >

2022 Fellows More >

2021 Fellows More >

Support for Sundance Ignite

Sundance Ignite is supported by Adobe and Arison Arts Foundation.

Photo Gallery

A look inside our Ignite Program