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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 20 January 2022 till 30 January 2022

Event Date Hybrid

in Park City, United States

Sections World Cinema Competition (Dramatic + Documentary), Midnight, New Frontier, New Frontier VR, Premieres, Indie Episodic, Spotlight, Short films

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 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 In total 24 prizes for long-feature films, seven prizes for short films.
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, Audience Awards

German Films


World Cinema Dramatic Competition
HUMAN FACTORS by Ronny Trocker (DE/IT/DNK, zischlermann filmproduktion, Bagarrefilm, Snowglobe)

World Cinema Documentary Competition
TAMING THE GARDEN by Salomé Jashi (CH/DE/GEO, Mira Film, Sakdoc Film, Corso Film)

Short Films Program
BAMBIRAK by Zamarin Wahdat (USA/DE, Killjoy Films)
DON'T GO TELLIN' YOUR MOMMA by Topaz Jones, rubberband (USA/DE/FR/IT, BWGTBLD)
WHEN WE WERE BULLIES by Jay Rosenblatt (USA/DE, Jay Rosenblatt Films)

Indie Series Program
WOULD YOU RATHER by Lise Akoka, Romane Guéret (FR/DE, Superstructure)

Number of Films Shown 73 long feature films, 50 short films

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 and international 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. This year’s virtual edition included 28 satellite screen locations US nationwide with in-person screenings (drive-ins, open air sessions). Multiple offer of top panel discussions in the field of storytelling, diversity, inclusion, underrepresented groups in society, and focus on women artists. Large representation of local, regional and US film institutions. Accreditation fees for industry representatives are rather high. Especially foreign productions require intense press and marketing activities. Diversity and inclusion is the main approach of the festival. Motto: Stay Indie!

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