Challenge Submissions

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Give us a chance encounter, where two characters are thrown together in any location of your choice and tell us a story about what happens between them, creating a moment when something changes, shifts for your main character. Use your full imagination to write a short scene or sequence, shoot a video, make an audio piece in any genre (comedy, drama, horror, thriller, etc.) in fiction or nonfiction.

Films or Audio Pieces: Up to 10 minutes in length


Our Sundance Challenges are open to everyone in the Co//ab community. One entry per person, per challenge. 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.

Submission Guidelines

One entry per person, per challenge. While you are free to submit work of any length, this site is focused on work in progress, and you will find that you will get more feedback with more targeted, shorter, selected work.

It will help the person giving feedback to know where you are in your process: is this a first draft or cut, a revision, a nearly final version of your work?

If you have specific questions about your work, please be sure to add those so that you can get the most targeted feedback possible.

Technical Details

Videos: 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. 

Scripts: PDF format only, please

Podcasts: Accepted Audio File Formats: AIFF, ACC, FLAC, MP3, MP4,, OGA, OGG, and WAV

Other: If your file format fits outside of the video, pdf, audio file category, please Contact us and we will see if we can accommodate it.

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

Deborah Chow
Los Angeles, California, United States
Deborah Chow is a Canadian filmmaker of Chinese-Australian descent, who received her MFA in directing from Columbia University. She wrote and directed "The High Cost of Living", which won the Skyy Vodka Best Feature award during its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Christian Taylor is a Writer, Director, Producer and Showrunner for Film and TV. He is a graduate of NYU Tisch and alumnus of the Sundance Directors lab where he developed his Oscar-nominated short film into a feature. He has worked on SIX FEET UNDER, LOST, CLONE WARS, TEEN WOLF, EYE CANDY, LUKE CAGE, and recently, TREADSTONE. more...

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