2020 Sundance Ignite Short Film Challenge

Sundance Institute and Adobe are teaming up to find the next 10 Sundance Ignite fellows. Submit a one-to-fifteen-minute short that shows us your artistic vision and unique voice as a filmmaker.

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Accepting Submissions:

Applications are open from February 4, 2020, 9:00 a.m. PST, to March 17, 2020, 2:00 p.m. PST.

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 filmmaking. The yearlong Sundance Ignite Fellowship is open to emerging documentary and narrative filmmakers between ages 18 and 25. 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
  • 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.

Films submitted must be under 15 minutes long (including credits) and must have been made within the last 12 months, as of March 17, 2020.

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 or RED at this time.

The deadline to submit is March 17, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. PST.

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