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Current Challenge

2020 Sundance Ignite Short Film Challenge

Accepting submissions:February 4, 2020 - March 17, 2020

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Recent Challenge Winner

Imagined Futures

Cowboy Joe Redux

Jingjing Tian
Director
New York, NY, USA

A Chinese girl wants to be a cowboy. No one else believes her.

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Past Challenges

Imagined Futures

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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