Submissions to the 2019 Sundance Film Festival are now open with our partner Withoutabox. Please read the Rules & Regulations thoroughly before you begin the application process, and check our FAQ if you have any questions. We do not accept screenplay submissions for Festival consideration.
Short Film Competition (60/80 U.S. & International Short Films):
Driven by innovation and experimentation, the Short Film programs showcase filmmaking’s most unique and original voices with cutting edge animation and the best in short form dramatic and documentary cinema. All short films are selected to play before features or in one of eight Shorts Programs, and all accepted short films are eligible for awards in our Short Film Competition. In order to qualify, Short Films must have a total running time of less than 50 minutes, including credits. There are no premiere or prior screening restrictions for short films. Shorts may have been publicly exhibited, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any home video platform in any country and still remain eligible for our Short Film Competition. All short films screened at the Festival are eligible for the Short Film Grand Jury Prize. Short films also compete for jury prizes within their respective categories (U.S. Fiction, International Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Animation).
Virtual Reality Projects:
Submissions in this category are eligible to be selected for the Festival’s New Frontier VR
Showcase. We encourage the diverse creative community of storytellers and technologists to submit inventive, independently produced works of fiction, documentary, and interactive projects for consideration. Projects must be viewable via one of our accepted VR platforms (360° video, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Google Daydream, Samsung Gear VR, PlayStation VR, or Windows Mixed Reality). We request that you provide a link to a 360° video file (.mp4), app download package (.apk), or other installation package via the special questions page of the application. Additionally, we request that you provide a 2D version or documentation of the project via Withoutabox’s Secure Online Screener system. Virtual Reality Projects may have been previously made available, either for free or for purchase, via any existing distribution platform or exhibite at other festivals, industry trade shows, and/or conventions and still retain their eligibility for open submission to the Festival.