4th Annual

Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong Short Film Competition

September 19, 2019 to October 01, 2019


Shorts: Hong Kong Filmmakers


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Regular Deadline
June 30, 2019
Regular Discounted
No Entry Fee 0.00 *

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

Category Details

Approximately August 30, 2019

Shorts: From 3 minutes to 15 minutes

Projects completed after January 1, 2018

Projects must originate from Hong Kong

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
Mandarin Chinese

Media Files
  .MOV (Quicktime)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
Mandarin Chinese

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is requested but not required, including:
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director
> One-Sheet Art - Posters
> Statement by the Director

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Jury Award
1. HKD 30,000 Cash Prize; 2. One Sundance Film Festival visit in Utah in January 2020 (including roundtrip flight ticket and accommodation); 3. Awarded work will be screened at 2019 Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong; 4. Awarded work will be automatically submitted for consideration for entry to Sundance Film Festival 2020 in Utah; 5. One Trophy.
Sponsor:Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong
Cash Award Value: 30,000 Hong Kong Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 30,000 Hong Kong Dollar

Honorable Mention
Awarded work will be screened at 2019 Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong
Sponsor:Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong

Category Rules

Applicant MUST comply with the following requirements:

(a) Entrant Eligibilities
- Film director(s) of the Entry must be at the age of 18 or above as at the deadline of submitting the application (i.e. June 30, 2019). If the Entry has more than one director (maximum 4 directors), ALL joint-directors must be at the age of 18 or above.
- Film Director(s) of the Entry must be Hong Kong permanent residents (holder of the Hong Kong permanent identity card who have the right of abode or the right to land or to remain in Hong Kong without restriction, i.e. with the letter “A’, “R”, “U” shown below the date of birth on the HK Smart ID Card.)* If the Entry has more than one director (maximum 4 directors), ALL joint-directors must be permanent Hong Kong residents.
* For details about the status of Hong Kong permanent residents, please visit the website of the Immigration Department at http://www.immd.gov.hk/
- To ensure fairness, jurors and staff of Hopewell Holdings Limited are not allowed to take part in the Competition.
- Winners of the Competition should attend Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong’s activities upon the request by the Organisers, including but not limited to Opening Night, Award Ceremony, Filmmakers’ Lunch, Q&A Session of respective screening(s). Details will be announced in due course.

(b) Entry Requirements
- Entries must be completed on or after 1 January 2018.
- Running time of each Entry has to be between 3 and 15 minutes (including opening and end credits).
- Entries MUST have burnt-in Chinese and/or English Subtitles*.
* Entries with dialogue other than Cantonese and Mandarin should have burnt-in Traditional Chinese subtitles, and by the same token, burnt-in English subtitles are needed for non-English dialogue. If the Entries are shot in language other than Cantonese, Mandarin and English, burnt-in Traditional Chinese and English subtitles are required.
- All genres of shorts are accepted, except music video clips and commercial advertising videos.
- There are no premiere or prior screening restrictions. Shorts that have been publicly exhibited, distributed, entered or have won prizes in other contests are eligible to enter the Competition.
- There is no restriction on the number of Entries, but each Entry should be entered once in the Competition.
- Entries which participated in the previous edition of “Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong Short Film Competition” are NOT accepted.
- If selected, filmmakers are required to provide the Exhibition Copy (with burnt-in Chinese and English subtitles) in either ProRes 422 files or above version MOV file OR DCP format in Mid-August for theatrical screening(s). All encrypted DCPs must supply DKDM keys that remain open for the duration of 2019 Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong. Failure to provide the above exhibition formats may result in disqualification.

Note: In case of any dispute concerning the definition of the above eligibility, the interpretation of the Organisers shall be final and conclusive.