Sundance Film Festival
5900 Wilshire Blvd.,
90036 Los Angeles CA
phone +1 310 360 1981
fax +1 310 360 1969
Mr. John Cooper
Director of Programming
Mrs. Kim Yutani
Year of Foundation 1978
Event Date from 23 January 2020 till 02 February 2020
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 2018; 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: 6 August 2018 (shorts), 10 August 2018 (feature lenght films)
Official Deadline: 20 August 2018 (shorts), 24 August 2018 (feauture length films)
Late Deadline: 14 September 2018
Fees Features: $65 (early), $85 (official), $110 (late); Shorts, Episodic, VR: $40 (early), $60 (official), $80 (late)
Attendance Figures 124
Participants of the Film Industry Attended by 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
World Cinema Dramatic Competition
MONOS by Alejandro Landes (CO/AR/NL/DE/UY/FR, Pandora Filmproduktion)
World Cinema Documentary Competition
GAZA by Garry Keane, Andrew McConnell (IR/DE, gebrueder beetz filmproduktion)
THE SUNLIT NIGHT by David Wnendt (DE/NO, DETAiLFILM)
International Narrative Short Film
HOT DOG by Alma Buddecke, Marleen Valien
Animated Short Films
ANIMISTICA by Nikki Schuster (AT/DE/MX)
OBON by Andre Hörmann, Samo (Anna Bergmann)
Number of Films Shown 112 features from 33 countries and 45 first-time filmmakers
Round-breaking 14.259 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 festivalSpecific 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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