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The Sound of Resilience by Ariel Rose

The Voice Note by Sameeha Sabnis

Olivia is sitting in her room in upstate NY. She's in her early 30s and has received some bad news lately. Her father’s health is declining and she’s coming off a recent break-up. As she sits in an easy-chair thinking about her current situation, a loud train goes by further rattling her upset state of mind.

This month’s challenge invites you to combine sound and music to help tell this story and to bring Olivia and her internal landscape to life. Thinking about her character and her situation, write or produce this scene where sound richly plays a major role in capturing emotion to tell her story. Your final submission can be either a written scene or a completed audio piece, with sound and music intentionally and creatively highlighted throughout. Scripts should be no longer than 5 pages and produced audio pieces no longer than 3 minutes. We’ll select one winner in each format.


Scripts should be no longer than 5 pages. 

Produced audio pieces should be no longer than 3 minutes.

Scripts: PDF format only

Accepted audio file formats include: AIFF, ACC, FLAC, MP3, MP4, OGA, OGG, and WAV

Deadline to submit: June 30 , 2021 at 2PM PT.


Our monthly challenges are open to everyone in the Sundance Collab community. One entry per person, per challenge. All submissions will be viewable to the community. All submissions will be given equal consideration and the final winner will be determined by the consensus of the designated Sundance judges.  

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

The challenge closes on June 30, 2021 at 2PM PT.

If you have questions regarding the challenge, please email Please do not contact members of the jury directly.


Winner will receive: 

  • The winner will have their work featured on Sundance Collab
  • One-on-one mentorship session with a Sundance Advisor
  • Sundance Collab  Annual Creator Membership (12 months) which includes:
    • Invitation to monthly Member-only Advisor Q&A Live webinar
    • Opportunity to receive feedback from a Sundance Advisor on work-in-progress you post to Share Your Work
    • Eligible to participate in online Writing Groups (coming soon)
  • Final Draft screenwriting software (12-month license)

Runners-up (two will be selected) - Sundance Collab Annual Creator Membership (12 months) 

Submission Guidelines

One entry per person, per monthly challenge. The limits for monthly challenge submissions are the following: 

Scripts should be no longer than 5 pages.

Produced audio pieces should be no longer than 3 minutes.

Technical Details

Accepted script file formats: PDF format only

Accepted audio file formats include: AIFF, ACC, FLAC, MP3, MP4, OGA, OGG, and WAV

Other: If your file format fits outside these formats, please contact us and we will see if we can accommodate it.

(Please do not use copyrighted material without permission as part of this monthly challenge.)

Chanell Crichlow
Los Angeles, California, United States
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Kalaisan Kalaichelvan is a composer, music producer and classically trained pianist based in Toronto, Canada. His music spans across the screen, theatre, dance and visual media. Kalaisan has worked with some of the most exciting emerging filmmakers on a variety of films that have been recognized for “Best Music” at the Santorini Film Festival and the Largo Film Awards. He is a 2021 Fellow of the Sundance Composers lab and is currently serving as one of the 2021 Slaight Music residents for the Canadian Film Centre. more...
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