The most important festival for US independent productions. The section "World Cinema" is dedicated to foreign films and offers an opportunity to discover new talents. For foreign fimmakers the "World Cinema Audience Award" and the international competition offer a platform to the US market. Accreditaton fees for industry representatives are rather high. Especially foreign productions require intense press and marketing activities. The Sundance Online Festival is part of the main festival and one of the first film festivals with internet films and programs, inlcuding shorts, animation films and interactive works.
Grand Jury Prize (Drama, Documentary)
Awards (Documentary, Drama)
World Cinema Audience Award
The Directing Award
Short Film Grand Jury Prize
Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction, U.S. Fiction, Non-fiction, Animation
The winner of the short film competition automatically qualifies for the OSCAR competition for the Best Short Film.
If 50% or more of the Film’s financing originated from sources within the United States, the Film may only be submitted as either a U.S. Narrative or Documentary Feature Film, or as a U.S. Short Film;
If more than 50% of the Film’s financing originated from sources outside of the United States, the Film may only be submitted as either an International Narrative or Documentary Feature Film, or as an International Short Film.
U.S. and International Narrative and Documentary Feature Films that have previously been exhibited theatrically at one or more private screenings for which tickets were not available to the general public retain eligibility for submission to the Festival in all categories.
International Narrative and International Documentary Feature Films that have been released theatrically, broadcast on television, or screened at up to two film festivals within their country of origin are eligible for open submission to the Festival in their respective categories of submission.
International Narrative and International Documentary Feature Films that have been released theatrically, screened at film festivals, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet outside of their country of origin are not eligible for open submissions to the Festival.
Short Films do not need to retain any sort of premiere status.
Virtual Reality Projects may have been previously exhibited at other Festivals or industry trade shows/conventions and still retain their eligibility for open submission to the Festival. Projects submitted in this category must not have been made publicly available, either for free or for purchase, via any existing Virtual Reality platform.
Open submissions to the Episodic Content category are not eligible for the Festival if the submitted content has been made available to the general public via any platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, video on demand, etc.) prior to the Festival. If the submitted content is a continuation of an existing series, only new episodes are eligible for open submission to the Festival.
Projects completed after January 1st, 2021.
Projects that have been submitted for Festival consideration in previous years are eligible for re-submission for 2023 Festival consideration only if the content of the submitted Project has changed significantly since the previous year in which the Project was submitted.
Documents and Other Requisite Items
Fill out entry form at the festival site or Filmfreeway,
Pay registration fees,
Provide the film.
Selection Media Type: Secure Online Screener, Vimeo link or on a single disc (Blu-ray, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-R DL, DVD+R DL)
Screening Media Type: 35 мм, 16 мм
Audio language: original
Subtitles language: english
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