Challenge Submissions

Challenge

Challenge is closed

Congratulations to the winner of our first Sundance Challenge, Alisha Bhowmik, with her film Dot & a Feather! With her deft portrayal of the complexity, authenticity, and honesty of her relationship with her own identity as a multiracial person, Alisha has won an opportunity to participate in a one-on-one feedback session with an experienced advisor. Watch the winning entry and all of our other great submissions now.



Create a short, 3-8 minutes in length, in any genre of choice (documentary, comedy, horror, music video, animation, experimental) that provides a window into any of the many facets of your identity and background. 


CHALLENGE RULES

Our Sundance Challenges are open to all members of the Co//ab community. Each person who participates will receive a completed feedback form on the work they submit by one of our Sundance judges, and winners will receive Sundance membership and a one-on-one mentoring session with one of the Sundance curatorial team. 

The winning submissions will be featured on the site prominently, but all submissions will be viewable to the community. All submissions will be given equal consideration and the final winners will be determined by the consensus of the Sundance judges.

Only those submissions that meet the criteria outlined in the submission guidelines will be able to be selected as the winner.


Jury:

ANDREW AHN
Filmmaker

Andrew Ahn is a queer Korean-American filmmaker born and raised in Los Angeles. His feature film Spa Night premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival where lead actor Joe Seo won a Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Performance. The film also won the John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award in 2017. Ahn workshopped Spa Night in the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, the Sundance Screenwriters Intensive, the Film Independent Screenwriting Lab, and the Film Independent Directing Lab. Ahn recently directed the entire first season of the Sundance Now original show This Close from creators Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman. Ahn is an alum of Film Independent’s Project Involve and the Sundance Institute FilmTwo Initiative. He has promoted diversity in the arts by mentoring youth filmmakers through programs like Pacific Arts Movement’s Reel Voices, Outfest’s OutSet, and the Sundance Institute's Native Filmmaker Lab. He graduated from Brown University and received an MFA in Film Directing from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).


DEANNA BARILLARI
Producer

Deanna is a Sundance Creative Producing, Catalyst, IFP Cannes Producing Network and Film Independent Project Involve Producing Fellow. Most recently she produced the feature, The Amaranth by Albert Chi, was EP on the VR Installation The Sky is a Gap (Sundance 2017) and worked on the R29/Beachside web-series Strangers (Sundance 2017). She produced Hum by filmmaker Lauren Morelli (Orange Is The New Black) and Roja Gashtili & Julia Lerman’s short films Rita Mahtoubian Is Not A Terrorist (2015 Tribeca) and Pinky (R29/Sundance ShatterBox Anthology). Currently, she is producing Steve Basilone’s (Community, The Goldbergs) debut, Long Weekend, Mad About Saffron written by Erin Darke (Good Girls Revolt) and developing a television series with Daniel Radcliffe. Deanna has produced critically acclaimed music videos “California” for the artist Grimes (Dir. Grimes) and several for Oscar Nominated Director Paul Thomas Anderson. Television work includes: NBC's Mercy, CBS’ Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, ABC’s Pan Am, The 86th Academy Awards (Ellen DeGeneres; 2014), and Drama Development at both Universal Television and Tandem Productions/Studio Canal. She serves as the producing director of the LA-based Ovation Award Winning IAMA Theatre Company -- Shonda Rhimes is their Patron of the Arts.


DILCIA BARRERA
Short Film Programmer for Sundance Film Festival

Dilcia Barrera is the Associate Curator of Film Programs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and a Short Film Programmer for Sundance Film Festival. Since 2007, she has worked for various film festivals including a tenure as Senior Programmer at AFI FEST, Programmer for The Philadelphia Film Festival and has collaborated with film festivals like LAFF and OUTFEST. Most recently, she was invited to curate two new film categories for The New York Film Festival. She has served on international film festival juries including Berlin International Film Festival and SXSW and in 2016 was named one of "IndieWire’s 20 Latin Americans Making a Difference for American Independent Film Today."


RYAN KOO
Director, Writer

Ryan Koo is the writer and director of Amateur, a 2018 Netflix Original Film and a Sundance Screenwriters Lab selection. Previously, Koo was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Film for his web series The West Side, which won the Webby Award for Best Drama Series. Koo is also the Founder and CEO of the filmmaking website No Film School.

 

ANDREW MACLEAN
Director, Writer

 

KIM SHERMAN
Director, Producer

Kim Sherman is an award winning independent film producer and director. She is currently the Senior Scripted Production Executive at Stage 13, a Warner Brothers Digital Brand. Sherman’s independent production work has come with high recognition, including a fellowship with the 2011 Sundance Institute’s Creative Producing Labs, a spot on Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces List of 2012, and a fellowship with the 2014 Sundance Institute/Women In Film Women’s Initiative. Sherman has produced festival favorites such as Wild Canaries (dir. Lawrence Michael Levine, SXSW 2014), as well as the breakout home-invasion thriller, You’re Next (dir. Adam Wingard, Lionsgate 2013). Her short film, Dogwalker, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival where it won several awards, including the Women in Film/Women at Sundance Short Film Prize. Her horror/comedy short film, Ghosting, was selected as part of Ray-Ban’s 2015 campaign for change, and can be seen through Never Hide Films. ​

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Submission Guidelines

Our Sundance Challenges are open to all members of the Co//ab community. Each person who participates will receive a completed feedback form on the work they submit by one of our Sundance judges, and winners will receive Sundance membership and a one-on-one mentoring session with one of the Sundance curatorial team. 


The winning submissions will be featured on the site prominently, but all submissions will be viewable to the community. All submissions will be given equal consideration and the final winners will be determined by the consensus of the Sundance judges.


Only those submissions that meet the criteria outlined in the submission guidelines will be able to be selected as the winner. 


Please review our full Submission Guidelines


Technical Details

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.

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