SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 18th-28th JANUARY 2018

November 27, 2017 by Laura Gomez


 

The World Cinema competitions at Sundance are dedicated to the discovery of new films and new voices from around the world.

Celebrating independence, creativity and risk-taking, the Sundance Film Festival plays a vital role in identifying emerging international talent and connecting them with audiences and industry in the United States.

The World Cinema Dramatic Competition showcases a selection of new films from emerging filmmakers. Submitted films must be World Premieres or International Premieres (films that have not screened outside their country of origin) and must have a running time of 50 minutes or more. Accepted films are eligible for jury prizes and an audience award. Among the films premiering in competition since the first edition in 2005: Animal Kingdom, The Maid, Once, Mermaid, Megane, An Education, Madeinusa, Son of Babylon, Drained, Bronson, 13 Tzameti, Kekexili: Mountain Patrol, Little Red Flowers and Happy, Happy.

The World Cinema Documentary Competition showcases a selection of new films from visionary documentary filmmakers around the world. Submitted films must be World Premieres or International Premieres (films that have not screened outside their country of origin) and must have a running time of 50 minutes or more. Accepted films are eligible for jury prizes and an audience award. Among the award-winning films premiering in competition since the first edition in 2005: Man on Wire, Up the Yangtze, Grizzly Man, Senna, Manufactured Landscapes, Searching for Sugar Man, Bus 174, Black Power Mixtape, 5 Broken Cameras and Afghan Star.

In addition to the Competition, international films are considered for the following sections: Park City at Midnight (genre films), New Frontier (experimental films) and Premieres (world premieres from established filmmakers). Over the years, acclaimed international work like Bloody Sunday, Whale Rider, Cronos, Motorcycle Diaries, Carne, Dead/Alive, Goodbye Lenin, Calvary, Cube, Zidane, Open Hearts, Haute Tension, Intacto, Shine, Time Crimes, Away from Her, Four Weddings and a Funeral, March of the Penguins and Run, Lola, Run has emerged from the festival.

The culmination of the Sundance Film Festival is the Awards Ceremony. The competition juries, comprised of individuals from the worldwide film community with original and diverse points of view, select films from both the documentary and dramatic categories to receive a range of awards. Decided by Festivalgoers’ ballots, Audience Awards are bestowed upon films in each of the Festival’s four competition categories.

The Awards Ceremonies were live streamed and you can still watch them and all of our live streamed events on sundance.org/live.

Festival Submission Categories

Each year, Sundance Film Festival select 115-125 Feature Films, 60-80 Short Films, 5-10 Episodic Projects, and 15-30 Virtual Reality Projects to play in each of their Festival programs. There are eight submission categories.

Sundance Film Festival submission categories

U.S. NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS: Any narrative work of fiction of U.S. origin with a running time of 50 minutes or more, including films that are shot in a “mockumentary” style. In order to qualify as a U.S. Narrative Feature Film, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction, and at least half of the project’s financing must originate from within the United States. Only films that are World Premieres are eligible for our U.S. Dramatic Competition program, but U.S. Narrative Feature Films that have previously screened at up to two other festivals anywhere in the world are still eligible for our out-of-competition programs. U.S. Narrative Feature Films that have been or will be exhibited publicly at one or more non-festival screenings, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) before January 28th, 2018 are not eligible for any of the Institute’s Festival programs.

U.S. DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS: Any non-fiction film of U.S. origin with a running time of 50 minutes or more, not including entirely scripted or improvised fictionalizations of actual events. If your documentary contains some dramatization of actual events, you may submit to this category, but we will ultimately decide which program is best suited for your project, if accepted. In order to qualify as a U.S. Documentary Feature Film, at least half of the submitted project’s financing must originate from within the United States. Only films that are World Premieres are eligible for our U.S. Documentary Competition program, but U.S. Documentary Feature Films that have previously screened at up to two other festivals anywhere in the world are still eligible for our out-of-competition programs. U.S. Documentary Feature Films that have been or will be exhibited publicly at one or more non-festival screenings, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) before January 28th, 2018 are not eligible for any of the Institute’s Festival programs.

INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS: Any narrative work of fiction of international origin with a running time of 50 minutes or more, including films that are shot in a “mockumentary” style. In order to qualify as an International Narrative Feature Film, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction, and more than half of the project’s financing must originate from outside of the United States. International Narrative Feature Films that have previously screened at any festival outside of the film’s country or countries of origin are not eligible for open submission to the Institute for Festival consideration. International Narrative Feature Films that have been or will be exhibited publicly at one or more non-festival screenings, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) before January 28th, 2018 are not eligible for any of the Institute’s Festival programs.

INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS: Any non-fiction film of international origin with a running time of 50 minutes or more, not including entirely scripted or improvised fictionalizations of actual events. If your documentary contains some dramatization of actual events, you may submit to this category, but we will ultimately decide which program is best suited for your project, if accepted. In order to qualify as an International Documentary Feature Film, more than half of the project’s financing must originate from outside of the United States. International Documentary Feature Films that have previously screened at any festival outside of the film’s country or countries of origin are not eligible for open submission to the Institute for Festival consideration. International Documentary Feature Films that have been or will be exhibited publicly at one or more non-festival screenings, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) before January 28th, 2018 are not eligible for any of the Institute’s Festival programs.

U.S. SHORT FILMS: Any narrative fiction or documentary film of U.S. origin with a running time of less than 50 minutes, including credits. In order to qualify as a U.S. Short Film, at least half of the submitted project’s financing must originate from within the United States. Short Films have no premiere requirements or prior screening restrictions to retain eligibility. U.S. Short Films may have been screened at any number of festivals or other public theatrical exhibitions anywhere in the world, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, and/or released via any home video or other public distribution platform.

INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS: Any narrative fiction or documentary film of international origin with a running time of less than 50 minutes, including credits. In order to qualify as an International Short Film, at least half of the submitted project’s financing must originate from outside of the United States. Short Films have no premiere requirements or prior screening restrictions to retain eligibility. International Short Films may have been screened at any number of festivals or other public theatrical exhibitions anywhere in the world, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, and/or released via any home video or other public distribution platform.

EPISODIC CONTENT: Projects submitted in this category may be documentary series or fictional series of any genre, whether scripted or improvised. Applicants may submit single or multiple episodes of the same project, provided that the total running time does not exceed 180 minutes, including credits. Multiple episodes should be uploaded as one continuous video file or submitted on a single disc. We accept both short-form and long-form content, but individual episodes may not exceed 60 minutes in length. Open submissions in this category are not eligible for the Festival if the submitted content has been made available to the general public via any platform (broadcast television, Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) prior to January 28th, 2018. Projects originating from outside of the United States are still eligible provided that the content has only been released within their country of origin. If the submitted content is a continuation of an existing series that has previously been made available to the public, only new episodes are eligible for open submission to the Festival.

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 exhibited at other festivals, industry trade shows, and/or conventions and still retain their eligibility for open submission to the Festival.

Robert Redford, President and Founder

Robert Redford is somewhat of an anomaly in the entertainment industry. Though he has been world-famous for some 30 years, he remains a highly private individual. He is an ardent conservationist and environmentalist, a man who stands for social responsibility and political involvement and an artist and businessman who is a staunch supporter of uncompromised creative expression. His passion remains to make films of substance and social/cultural relevance, as well as to encourage others to express themselves through the arts.

He is recognized the world over for the roles he has played and the projects he has directed or produced throughout a distinguished stage and film career. Believing that it is the unexpected and uncommon, which ultimately enlivens the cultural ecology of a society, Redford has nurtured more than a generation of innovative voices in independent film through his non-profit Sundance Institute and Film Festival. Harvard Business Review observed, “Sundance has become to Hollywood what Silicon Valley has been to the high-tech industry.” His life-long passion for nature and issues of justice has resulted in Redford being widely acknowledged as a highly effective and dedicated political and environmental activist.

2018 Sundance Film Festival Deadlines & Entry Fees http://www.sundance.org/festivals/sundance-film-festival/about/#submit

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