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Sundance Film Festival, Park City

Sundance Film Festival Sundance Institute
5900 Wilshire Blvd.,
Suite 800
90036 Los Angeles CA
United States
phone +1 310 360 1981
fax +1 310 360 1969
email: festivalinfo@sundance.org

Festival Director
Mrs. Tabitha Jackson

Director of Programming
Mrs. Kim Yutani

Year of Foundation 1978

Event Date from 28 January 2021 till 03 February 2021

Event Date

in Park City, United States

Sections World Cinema Competition (Dramatic + Documentary), Park City at Midnight, New Frontier, New Frontier VR, Premieres, New Climate, Indie Episodic

Terms of Entry Competition films need to be world premieres, all other sections: US premiere required; must be completed after 1 January 2020; no prior TV or streaming exposure; Films (Short / Feature/ Documentary) must have less than 50% U.S. financing, feauture film: more than 50 min.; short films: less than 50 min.

Subtitles English subtitles necessary

Format 16 mm, 35 mm, DCP

Registration Deadline Early Deadline: 7 August 2020 (shorts), 17 August 2020 (feature length films)
Official Deadline: 24 August 2020 (shorts), 7 September 2020 (feauture length films)
Late Deadline: 14 September 2020 (shorts), 2 October 2020 (feature length films)

Fees Features: $65 (early), $85 (official), $110 (late); Shorts, Episodic, VR: $40 (early), $60 (official), $80 (late)

Attendance Figures 125,000

Participants of the Film Industry Attended by 1.700 representatives of major American distributing and world sales companies, scouts of talent agencies, participation by programmers of all major film festivals as well as foreign distributors specialized in independent productions.
Very closely watched by worldwide film industry.

Prizes/Awards Grand Jury Prize (Drama, Documentary), Audience Award, Awards (Documentary, Drama), World Cinema Audience Award, The Directing Award, The Excellence in Cinematography Award (Documentary, Drama), Special Prizes, Waldo Salt Screening Award; Freedom of Expression Award, Festival Favorite Award

German Films


World Cinema Dramatic Competition
EXIL by Visar Morina (DE/BE/XK, Komplizen Film)

World Cinema Documentary Competition
ACASA – MY HOME by Radu Ciorniciuc (RO/DE/FI, CORSO Film)

Documentary Premieres
VIVOS by Ai Weiwei (DE/MX, AWW Germany)

THE PERFECT CANDIDATE by Haifaa Al-Mansour (SA/DE, Razor Film Produktion)

Animated Short Films

New Frontiers: Exhibitions
ANIMALIA SUM by Bianca Kennedy & The Swan Collective (DE/BR/IS, The Swan Collective)
CHOMSKY VS. CHOMSKY: FIRST ENCOUNTER by Sandra Rodriguez (CA/DE, schnellebuntebilder)

New Frontiers: VR Cinema
TX-REVESE 360° by Martin Reinhart & Virgil Widrich (AT/DE, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe)

Number of Films Shown 112 features from 33 countries and 45 first-time filmmakers
Round-breaking 15.000 submissions from 152 countries

Media Coverage More than 1.000 journalists from 24 countries; in the US, this renowned festival has broader press coverage than the Cannes Film Festival, international TV and print media (trade papers) cover the festival

Specific Characteristics The winner of the short film competition automatically qualifies for the OSCAR competition for the Best Short Film.

Evaluation The most important festival for US independent productions. The section "World Cinema" is dedicated to foreign films and offers an opportunity to discover new talents. For foreign filmmakers the "World Cinema Audience Award" and the international competition offer a platform to the US market.
Accreditation fees for industry representatives are rather high. Especially foreign productions require intense press and marketing activities. Diversity is the main approach of the festival.

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