Monthly Challenge

Submit your work for a chance to win a subscription and a one-on-one mentoring session with a Sundance Co//ab Advisor

42 submissions

Current Challenge

Imagined Futures

Accepting submissions:January 2, 2020 - January 31, 2020

Create a short video or write a sequence with a main character who is facing either an internal or external conflict to overcome. Sponsored by Humanitas

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Recent Challenge Winner

The Disruptor

Searching Skies

Vivian Hua

Vivian Hua (華婷婷) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer. As the Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, a Co-Founder of the civil rights film series, The Seventh Art Stand, and Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary arts publication, REDEFINE, much of her work unifies her metaphysical interests with her belief that art can positively transform the self and society. Her recent narrative short film, Searching Skies, touches on the controversial topic of Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States. She is currently writing a short-form episodic series entitled Reckless Spirits, as well as researching national efforts to preserve and create cultural space.

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Past Challenges

134 submissions

The Disruptor

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Craft a written scene/sequence where an unexpected guest arrives at a family dinner for Thanksgiving or another significant holiday in your cultural practices. Sponsored by Backstage

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20 submissions

The Revisionist - Write an Alternative Ending

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Crafting an ending that's both inevitable and surprising is very challenging. Select a feature film (well known, if possible) that ended in an unsatisfying way and rewrite the final scene. Sponsored by Final Draft

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17 submissions

Family Secrets

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Interview a family member about something (an event, a relationship, an experience) in their background or in your family history that had a profound impact on their life, something you were always curious about.

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43 submissions

Cultural Collision

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Create a scene in which two people from different backgrounds must negotiate a misunderstanding. Establish the characters and their points of view, provide a clear conflict, and show us what happens.

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48 submissions

An Unforgettable Entrance

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Create the moment when the audience is first introduced to the main character in a written scene or video.

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38 submissions

Mystery Sender

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Create a character and show us what happens when they receive a text message from an unknown sender that includes one of the following prompts: "I'm here" / "Remember me" / "Your time is up" / "Don't look back".

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28 submissions

Speak Your Truth

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Think of a local issue that's important to you and create a piece of work that uses the power of story to engage your audience.

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36 submissions

Free Skate

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Create a project in any genre that uses this image of roller skates as inspiration.

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42 submissions

First Impressions: Not All is Lost!

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You only get one chance for a first impression - tell the story of an important meeting that goes terribly wrong

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50 submissions

My So-Called Family

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Write the first 5-10 pages of the TV pilot about your family: can be in any genre!

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16 submissions

Three's a Crowd

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Create a piece in any format or genre in which a Valentine's Day dinner takes a twist

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14 submissions

Strangers on a Train, on a Plane, at a Bar!

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What happens when two strangers are forced together, if even for a moment? Create a scene to win the Challenge.

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