32nd Annual

Sundance Film Festival

January 21, 2016 to January 31, 2016


U.S. Short 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 3, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 40.00 35.00
Official Submission (RECEIVED BY) Deadline
August 24, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 55.00
Late Submission (RECEIVED BY) Deadline
September 21, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 80.00 75.00

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

Category Details

Approximately December 4, 2015

Shorts: maximum 50 minutes

Projects completed after December 1, 2013

Projects must originate from USA

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.

Short Film Grand Jury Prize
This prize is shared with other categories.

Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction

Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction
This prize is shared with other categories.

Short Film Jury Award: Animation
This prize is shared with other categories.

Short Film Special Jury Awards
The Short Film Jury, at its own discretion, may present up to two Special Jury Awards to any of the films included in the Short Film Competition program.
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules

To submit to this category, your project must be a narrative fiction or documentary film of U.S. origin with a running time of less than 50 minutes. In order to qualify as a U.S. Short Film, at least half of the submitted project's financing must originate from within the United States. Short Films have no premiere requirements or prior screening restrictions to retain eligibility. U.S. Short Films may have been screened at any number of public theatrical exhibitions in the world, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform.

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 $60 to register your Short Film for the Official Submission deadline and we receive it after August 24th, you will be prompted to make an additional payment of $20 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.

Short 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. 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.