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The Business of Content Creation Through Storytelling by Isabella Maina

DIY Studio Light by JP Butler

We all turn to the internet whenever we have a curiosity around a specific topic or want to learn something new. This month's challenge invites you to be the teacher. Create a short-form video around any subject that you feel especially knowledgeable about that could help someone as a learning resource. Perhaps you have a passion for photography and you have a unique tip that could change the way an aspiring photographer captures an image, or you've unlocked the mystery about how to write a compelling song. Whatever the topic, make it something that you're enthusiastic about, that can educate viewers, and creatively uses video to capture your audience's attention and interest. Your video should clearly set up the topic, highlight any important facts, provide clarity on how to do something, and should be a strong piece of content that adds value to learning on the internet. Your final video submission should be no longer than 10 minutes.


One entry per person, per Challenge. 

Videos must be no longer than 10 minutes. 

Deadline to submit: September 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 September 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: 

  • Their work featured on Sundance Collab
  • A 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 events
  • Valuable feedback on your work-in-progress from a Sundance Advisor and the Sundance Collab community via Share Your Work
  • Opportunity to register for a one-on-one session with our Advisor-in-Residence

Two runners-up will receive a Sundance Collab Annual Creator Membership.

Submission Guidelines

One entry per person, per Challenge. Videos must be no longer than 10 minutes. Please do not use copyrighted material without permission as part of this monthly challenge.

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.

If your file format fits outside of the video category, please contact us and we will try to see if we can accommodate it.

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