35th Annual

Sundance Film Festival

January 24, 2019 to February 03, 2019

 
Category

U.S. Documentary Feature Films

 

Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Early Submission (RECEIVED BY) Deadline
August 10, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 65.00 60.00
Official Submission (RECEIVED BY) Deadline
August 24, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 85.00 80.00
Late Submission (RECEIVED BY) Deadline
September 14, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 110.00 105.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.


Category Details

NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately December 7, 2018

RUNTIME
Features: minimum 50 minutes

COMPLETION DATE
Projects completed after December 1, 2016

PLACE OF ORIGIN
Projects must originate from USA

PREMIERE STATUS
No premiere requirement

DISTRIBUTION STATUS
Projects may have distribution


Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

SUBMISSION COPY FORMATS
Online
  Secure Online Screener
DVD VideoNTSCPALSECAM
DVD
REGION 0
BLU-RAY
REGION 0    
REGION 1    

SUBMISSION COPY LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English

EXHIBITION FORMATS
Digital VideoNTSCPALSECAM
DCP  
Film Gauge
  35mm

EXHIBITION LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English


Press Kit Requirements

Do not submit a press kit.

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary

Audience Award: U.S. Documentary
Sponsor:Acura

Directing Award: U.S. Documentary

Special Jury Awards
The U.S. Documentary Jury, at its own discretion, may present up to four Special Jury Awards to any of the 16 films in the U.S. Documentary Competition program.

Category Rules

To submit to this category, your film must be a 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 February 3rd, 2019 are not eligible for any of the Institute’s Festival programs.

PLEASE NOTE: All deadlines associated with the Sundance Film Festival are the dates by which films must be delivered to the Festival. They are NOT postmark deadlines. We must receive your digital upload, Vimeo link, or physical disc by the deadline date for which your film has been registered! For example, if you pay $85 to register your Feature Film for the Official Submission deadline and we receive it after August 24th, you will be prompted to make an additional payment of $25 in order to bring your account up to date. We will not view your film until this payment has been made. All submissions are handled identically, regardless of which deadline you choose. We encourage you to submit your film as early as possible to take advantage of lower submission fees. Please allow up to 24 hours for processing of digital video uploads. If you are submitting a physical disc, we suggest that you mail it to us well in advance of the deadline for which you have registered.

All films must be submitted via one of three accepted formats: Digital upload via the Withoutabox Secure Online Screener System, Vimeo link entered directly on the submission application, or mailed to us on a single disc (Blu-ray or DVD). We do not accept links via e-mail! If you choose to provide a Vimeo link on your submission application, please ensure that you select “Anywhere” under the “Where can this video be embedded” section of your video’s privacy settings.

Physical discs may be submitted to us in three formats: Blu-ray disc, DVD, or dual-layer DVD. Please refrain from submitting multiple films on a single disc. If you do so, we will only view the first film on the disc. You do not need to include menus, trailers, production stills, or any other video clips on your disc. Our preference is to receive a Blu-ray or DVD that starts playing your film as soon as it is inserted. We would prefer that discs be sent in a simple paper sleeve in order to cut down on waste. It is of the utmost importance that you ensure that your film plays all the way through regardless of which submission format you select! Digital uploads should be viewed in their entirety before they are attached to your submission application. Please ensure that physical discs play all the way through in a standard Blu-ray or DVD player before mailing them to us! Discs must be authored as a standard Blu-ray or DVD; do not simply burn a video file to a disc as data. If you choose to upload your film or provide a Vimeo link via the Withoutabox Secure Online Screener system, please do not send in a physical disc!

In an effort to understand more about the community of artists who submit their work to the Festival, we have included a number of demographics questions to our application, most specifically relating to directors. The answers to these questions will not be available to our selection committee and therefore will not influence the selection process in any way. Results will not be sold to unaffiliated third parties. Please ensure that the person filling out the application is readily able to answer demographics questions relating to the director(s) of the project.