How to enter SundanceTV's 2019 short film competition

Written by TVSA Team from the blog TV Production on 13 Mar 2019
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SundanceTV's short film competition returns for a sequel this year and the search is on for 2019's winning film.

The competition launched last year and was won by Capetonian filmmaker Ian Morgan whose flik was titled Good Mourning.

It's back this year with the same prize: the winning film will win the SundanceTV Shorts Grand Jury Prize and will premiere at an event at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival: London.

The festival takes place between 30 May to 2 June this year and the winner will receive a trip for two to attend the screening of their film.

It will also air on the SundanceTV channel on DStv.

If you're a producer or director who wants to enter a film, this is what you need to know:

How to enter

You can submit your film on the website here:

The website also has Ian's winning film from last year, as well as the winning films from France and Spain. The competition runs in three countries - each country has its own winner.

Entry criteria

Your film must be no longer than 15 minutes and needs to have English subtitles if it isn't in English.

The competition is only open to individuals who've directed or produced a film i.e. it's not open to production companies.

You need to be 18 or older to enter and must be a legal South African resident - you need to provide proof of residence.

The film must have been created after 31 December 2017 and can be in any genre (including documentaries, animation and narrative).

The film needs to meet the official rules of SundanceTV which you'll find on their website too: (you'll see them under Contest Rules at the bottom of the page).

The judging panel

The panel is headed-up Mike Plante of Sundance Institute and includes Harold Gronenthal from SundanceTV, Aletta Alberts, Executive Head of Content Strategy and Third Party Channels at Multichoice, and award-winning local director and producer Sara Blecher.

What the judges are looking for

Films will be judged on a number of criteria, most notably: creativity, entertainment value, original storytelling and production values.

Must-know dates

Entries opened on Tuesday, 5 March and close on Tuesday, 16 April 2019.

The winner will be announced in May 2019.

More about Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival is organised by the Sundance Institute, which was founded in 1981 by Robert Redford.

It's nonprofit organization that discovers and supports independent artists in film, theatre and media by providing platforms for artists to create and thrive.

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1 Comment

13 Mar 2019 10:55

I'd love to enter, except I don't have a film.  A goal for next year? 

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