32nd Annual

Sundance Film Festival

January 21, 2016 to January 31, 2016


International Narrative Feature Films


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar
...but you can display them in these other currencies:

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Early Submission (RECEIVED BY) Deadline
August 10, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 55.00
Official Submission (RECEIVED BY) Deadline
August 31, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 80.00 75.00
Late Submission (RECEIVED BY) Deadline
September 28, 2015
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

Approximately December 4, 2015

Features: minimum 50 minutes

Projects completed after December 1, 2013

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener
REGION 0    
REGION 1    

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Film Gauge

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

Do not submit a press kit.

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic

Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic

Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic

Special Jury Awards
The World Cinema Dramatic Jury, at its own discretion, may present up to three Special Jury Awards to any of the 12 films in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition program.

Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize
Awarded to a narrative feature film that focuses on science or technology as a theme, or depicts a scientist, engineer, or mathematician as a major character.
Sponsor:The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Cash Award Value: 20,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules

To submit to this category, your film must be a scripted or improvisational work of fiction of international origin with a running time of 50 minutes or more, including films that are shot in a "mockumentary" style. In order to qualify as an International Narrative Feature Film, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction, and more than half of the project's financing must originate from outside of the United States. International Narrative Feature Films that have previously screened at any festival outside of the film’s country or countries of origin are not eligible to submit to the Institute for Festival consideration. International Narrative 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, video on demand, etc.) before January 31st, 2016 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 or physical disc by the deadline date for which your film has been registered! For example, if you pay $80 to register your Feature Film for the Official Submission deadline and we receive it after August 31st, you will be prompted to make an additional payment of $30 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 48 hours for processing of digital video uploads. If you are sending us a physical disc, we suggest that you mail it to us well in advance of the deadline for which you have registered.

Feature films may be submitted on either a single Blu-ray or DVD, or via the Withoutabox Secure Online Screener system. If your film is accepted into the Festival, we will contact you regarding the exhibition formats we accept for projection. If you submit half of the film on one disc and half on another, we will only watch the first disc. If your film is too large to fit on a standard 4.7GB DVD, you may burn it to a 9.5GB dual-layer disc or Blu-ray. Physical discs must be compatible with standard set-top DVD and/or Blu-ray players. Do not simply burn a quicktime or AVI file to a disc as data. Please ensure that your disc plays in a standard player before sending it to us! We reserve the right to disqualify any film received that does not play on a standard DVD or Blu-ray player.

Please refrain from using paper labels on your disc, as they may cause the disc to spin improperly during playback. This includes any label or sticker with an adhesive surface. Instead, write or print your film’s title and tracking number directly on the surface of the disc.

For DVDs, it is highly preferred that you send us an NTSC, region 1 or region free (region 0) DVD when submitting to us, but we will accept other formats as well (such as PAL). If you are sending a DVD that has a region code other than 0 or 1, and/or a format other than NTSC, please mark this CLEARLY on the face of the disc and on the DVD sleeve or case. If you choose to submit your film to us on Blu-ray, we ask that you ONLY submit a region 1 or region 0 Blu-ray disc. Due to region coding issues with the Blu-ray format, most of our Blu-ray players will not play discs that are formatted to region 2 or higher.

After you have completed the online application, all we need from you is a single copy of your film. In an effort to cut down on waste, we ask that you do not send printed press or promotional materials to us-- we will not keep anything in your package except for your disc. Quite often, films sent to us in standard size retail DVD or Blu-ray cases will become dislodged during shipping, resulting in scratched, unplayable discs, so we recommend mailing your film in a paper sleeve or slim plastic case. Please refrain from taping your disc to any surface, as tape residue may also render your disc unplayable. Our preferred method of packaging is a medium (approximately 6” x 9”), bubble padded envelope. It is not necessary to wrap your disc in bubble wrap and mail it to us in an oversized box. Doing so will only make it more difficult for us to process your film once it is received. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that physical discs are received by us. We suggest using mailing services that utilize package tracking. If you choose to upload your film 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 filmmakers who submit films 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 film.