The Sundance Institute and Adobe are teaming up to find the next 10 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows—emerging filmmakers (ages 18 to 25) who are creating stories that bring their passion, voice, and perspective to life. To choose this year’s fellows, we’re holding a short film challenge, asking filmmakers to submit a one- to 15-minute short that shows us their artistic vision and unique voice. Submissions aren’t limited to any genre or topic—the only requirement is that they represent each filmmaker’s perspective as an artist.
The Sundance Ignite x Adobe program identifies and supports new voices and talent from the next generation of filmmakers by providing artistic and professional development to advance filmmakers to the next stage in their filmmaking. The yearlong Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellowship is open to emerging documentary and fiction filmmakers between ages 18 and 25. The fellowship begins with a weeklong digital lab orienting filmmakers to the fellowship and year ahead. Throughout the year, filmmakers will:
- Work with a Sundance Institute alumni mentor
- Receive an artist grant, supported by Southwest Airlines and Jason Michael Berman
- Be eligible for internships and program opportunities
- Receive a complimentary one-year Adobe Creative Cloud membership, where Creative Cloud is available
For advice from Sundance advisors for crafting your submission, check out the many Ignite Resources on Sundance Co//ab.
One entry per person.
Films submitted must be under 15 minutes long (including credits) and must have been made within the last 12 months, as of April 6, 2021.
Accepted video file formats: AVI, FLV, MOV, MP4, or MPEG-2. Note: If you choose to upload a .MOV file, make sure that it is not using the Apple ProRes compression. We do not support reading Apple ProRes files or raw camera formats like ARRI and RED at this time.
The deadline to submit is April 6, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. PST.
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.
Rules and Regulations
The Ignite Short Film Challenge is open to filmmakers between the ages of 18 and 25 who join the Sundance Co//ab community. One entry per person.
All submissions will be viewable to the community.
Films must adhere to Sundance Co//ab’s code of conduct.
All submissions will be given equal consideration, the finalists and 10 fellows will be determined by the consensus of the designated Sundance Ignite judges.
Only those submissions that meet the criteria outlined in the challenge description can be selected as the winner.
All work submitted must be entirely your own; you cannot include film clips or music created by others without their written permission. If your film features people, you must obtain their consent.
Only one director per submission can be considered for the Ignite Fellowship. If two or more directors are identified for a single submission, priority will be given to the director who completed the submission. Films can only be submitted once.
Only the director of the film can submit and be considered for the fellowship.
All work must be completed within the last 12 months, as of April 6, 2021.
Any film not in English must include English subtitles.
Work re-submitted from previous editions of the Sundance Ignite Challenges on the Adobe Project 1324 platform will not be considered.
All work must be submitted online in digital video format.
The maximum file size you can upload is 4.9 GB.
Employees of Sundance Institute are not eligible to submit.
Sundance Institute is not responsible for any misdirected, improperly submitted, technically or artistically un-viewable, lost, incomplete, late, or damaged entries.
The challenge closes on April 6, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. PST.
Thank you for your patience. The Ignite Fellows will be announced by the end of July.
Participants must be between the ages of 18–25 as of April 6, 2021.
All work must have been made within the last 12 months, as of April 6, 2021.
You can submit your video by providing a link to the video on Vimeo or YouTube, or by uploading a copy of your video with your application form.
If you chose to upload a copy of your video, we accept .AVI, .FLV, .MOV, .MP4 or .MPEG-2 files. Note: If you choose to upload a .MOV file, make sure that it is not using the Apple ProRes compression. We do not support Apple ProRes files or raw camera formats like ARRI and RED at this time.
The maximum video time is 15:00:00, inclusive of credits.
If you are uploading your video the maximum file size you can upload is 4.9 GB.
Yes; however, you must be the film’s director to be eligible for the Sundance Ignite Fellowship.
Only one director per submission can be considered for the Ignite Fellowship. If two or more directors are identified, the director that completed the
submission will be eligible and considered for the Fellowship. Additionally, a project cannot be submitted multiple times with a different director attached.
No, please submit new content. All work must have been made within the last 12 months, as of April 6, 2021.
No, you can only submit one project to the challenge.
Yes. If your film is not in English, you must include English subtitles.
We consider all film genres.
At this time, we are unable to accept VR and AR work.
After your work is fully processed and uploaded to the challenge, you can adjust the settings for all your projects in your profile settings. If you’d like to delete your work, it will be fully discarded from our servers. You can choose your cover image, tags, titles, and descriptions during the upload process before sharing your live projects via social media. If you delete your work prior to the winners being announced, your application will no longer be under consideration, and you will not be able to resubmit.
Once an application is submitted, only public-facing details (title, description, thumbnail, and the option to have your film private or publicly viewable) may be edited. For further questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your link cannot be changed once submitted, so please make sure you submit a final link. If the file associated with the link is changed after your application is submitted, your submission may have already been reviewed, therefore we can not guarantee that the newer version will be viewed.
Yes, if you are concerned about your film being publicly viewable online, there is the option in Step 5 of the application to make your film private on the website. This option is also available after you submit your film by clicking the Edit This Submission button on your submission page.
Selecting the option to set your film to private will disable playback of your video on the website, but your video's title, description, and thumbnail image will remain visible. This will not affect your eligibility or how your submission is viewed and judged by our selection committee.
Please direct your questions to email@example.com.