Sundance Institute and Adobe are teaming up to find the next 10 Sundance Ignite 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 fifteen-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 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 careers. The yearlong Sundance Ignite Fellowship is open to emerging documentary and narrative filmmakers. The fellowship begins with a weeklong lab in Los Angeles orienting filmmakers to the fellowship and year ahead. Throughout the year, filmmakers will:
- Work with a Sundance Institute alumni mentor.
- Attend the Sundance Film Festival.
- 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.
- One entry per person.
- To enter the challenge, you must be between the ages of 18 and 25 as of March 17, 2020.
- Films submitted must be under 15:00:00 minutes long (including credits), and all work must be completed between August 1, 2018 and March 31, 2020.
- You can complete your submission by uploading it to this site, or by linking the to the film on YouTube or Vimeo.
- The maximum file size you can upload is 5GB.
- The deadline to submit an application is March 31, 2020, at 2:00 p.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.
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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 between August 2018 and March 2020.
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.
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 March 31, 2020, at 2:00 p.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.
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.
Please direct your questions to email@example.com.
Once an application is submitted, only public-facing details (title, description and thumbnail) 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.