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

22 submissions

Current Challenge

Cultural Collision

Accepting submissions:August 30, 2019 - September 30, 2019

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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Recent Challenge Winner

An Unforgettable Entrance

Treasure Road

Lauri Donahue
Jerusalem, Israel

"Treasure Road" is based on the true story of one of the first times the US used violence to promote its economic interests abroad.

Logline: In Panama, a former Texas Ranger recruits a mercenary army to protect travelers to the California gold fields – and help build the first transcontinental railroad.

I'm an award-winning screenwriter who has worked with Amazon Studios and producers and directors on five continents. My resume, loglines, and samples are on my website at www.lauridonahue.com.

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Past Challenges

54 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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29 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 (Co-Hosted with the Blackhouse)

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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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11 submissions

Pitch Perfect

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Pitching is an art and a science - pitch your passion project in 90-120 seconds.

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5 submissions

Are You Next?

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Horror takes many forms: slasher, gore, psychological, existential, camp, science fiction... whatever you imagine, horror can be. Tap into your dark side to craft a piece of work that gives us a new kind of fright.

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7 submissions

Back to School/Back to Work

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In parts of the world, September is a time when the summer is over and it's back to school or back to work, a time to start over.

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7 submissions

Karaoke Throwdown!

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Write a short scene in any genre where your main character performs karaoke. What’s the setting, what song does she/he select, who else is present and what’s their response, what’s the conflict or obstacle in the scene for the main character, what does it reveal about them? Have fun! (Note: Please do not use or share copyrighted material without permission as part of this Challenge!)

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14 submissions

Turning Point

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When a character confronts what she/he fears most, it's often a key turning point for their journey/ emotional arc. Write or shoot a scene or sequence that illuminates this Challenge. Use any genre, any medium, go deep, have fun!

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12 submissions

Who Owns The Yellow Truck?

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, what’s the story behind this one?

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14 submissions

Make Us Care

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Accept the Challenge to create a character or film a character who pulls us in!

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4 submissions

Identity Without Borders

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Create a short that provides a window into any of the many facets of your identity.

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