33rd Annual

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January 19, 2017 to January 29, 2017

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U.S. Narrative Feature Films
Any narrative work of fiction of U.S. origin with a running time of 50 minutes or more, including films that are shot in a "mockumentary" style. In order to qualify as a U.S. Narrative Feature Film, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction, and at least half of the project's financing must originate from within the United States. Only films that are World Premieres are eligible for our U.S. Dramatic Competition program, but U.S. Narrative 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. 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, streaming, VOD, etc.) before January 29th, 2017 are not eligible for any of the Institute’s Festival programs.

U.S. Documentary Feature Films
Any 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 January 29th, 2017 are not eligible for any of the Institute’s Festival programs.
International Narrative Feature Films
Any narrative 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 for open submission 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, streaming, VOD, etc.) before January 29th, 2017 are not eligible for any of the Institute’s Festival programs.

International Documentary Feature Films
Any non-fiction film of international origin with a running time of 50 minutes or more, with the exception of 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 an International Documentary Feature Film, more than half of the project's financing must originate from outside of the United States. International Documentary Feature Films that have previously screened at any festival outside of the film’s country or countries of origin are not eligible for open submission to the Institute for Festival consideration. International 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 January 29th, 2017 are not eligible for any of the Institute’s Festival programs.

U.S. Short Films
Any narrative fiction or documentary film of U.S. origin with a running time of less than 50 minutes, including credits. 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 festivals or other public theatrical exhibitions anywhere in the world, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, and/or released via any home video or other public distribution platform.

International Short Films
Any narrative fiction or documentary film of international origin with a running time of less than 50 minutes, including credits. In order to qualify as an International Short Film, at least half of the submitted project's financing must originate from outside of the United States. Short Films have no premiere requirements or prior screening restrictions to retain eligibility. International Short Films may have been screened at any number of festivals or other public theatrical exhibitions anywhere in the world, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, and/or released via any home video or other public distribution platform.

Virtual Reality Projects
Submissions in this category are eligible to be selected for the Festival’s New Frontier VR Showcase. We encourage the diverse creative community of storytellers and technologists to submit inventive, independently produced works of fiction, documentary, and interactive Virtual Reality projects for consideration. Projects must be viewable via one of our accepted VR platforms (currently limited to Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Samsung Gear VR, or Google Cardboard). We request that you provide a link to a 360° video file (.mp4), app download package (.apk), or other PC installation package. Additionally, we request that you provide a separate 2D version of the project via Withoutabox’s Secure Online Screener system. Virtual Reality Projects may have been previously exhibited at other Festivals or industry trade shows/conventions and still retain their eligibility for open submission to the Festival. Projects submitted in this category must not been made publicly available, either for free or for purchase, via any existing platform prior to January 29th, 2017.
Episodic Content
We are now accepting open submissions of independent projects created for online platforms and/or broadcast television. Projects submitted in this category must be scripted or improvised fiction of any genre or documentary series. Applicants may submit single or multiple episodes of the same project, provided that the total running time does not exceed 180 minutes, including credits. Multiple episodes should be submitted on a single disc or uploaded as one continuous video file. We accept both short-form and long-form content, but individual episodes may not exceed 60 minutes in length. Open submissions in this category are not eligible for the Festival if the submitted content has been made available to the general public via any platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) prior to January 29th, 2017. If the submitted content is a continuation of an existing series, only new episodes are eligible for open submission to the Festival.


MISSION & OBJECTIVE

Sundance Institute is a non-profit organization that actively advances the work of risk-taking storytellers. Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford in the mountains of Sundance, Utah, the Institute secures a space for independent artists to explore their stories free from commercial and political pressures. Through year-round programs, the Institute seeks to discover and develop independent artists and audiences and to provide a platform for artists to present their works to a global audience—the Sundance Film Festival.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Now in its 33rd year, The Sundance Film Festival is the premier showcase for U.S. and international independent film, held each January in and around Park City, Utah. Presenting dramatic and documentary films from emerging and established artists, innovative short films, filmmaker forums and panels, live music performances and film composer events, cutting-edge media and art installations, engaging community and student programs, the Festival brings together today’s most original storytellers in a vibrant community.

ORGANIZERS

Adam Montgomery (Senior Manager, Festival Programming); Charles Reff (Coordinator, Programming Department); Charlie Reff (Senior Programmer); John Cooper (Director, Sundance Film Festival); Shari Frilot (Senior Programmer)

GENERAL RULES

The following is an explanation of rules and regulations (“Rules and Regulations”) governing the submission of projects (hereafter called the “Project”) to Sundance Institute (hereafter called the “Institute”) for consideration for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival (hereafter called the “Festival”). All information contained herein shall supersede the contents of the FAQ document located at http://www.sundance.org/submissions-faq.

By agreeing to the Terms And Conditions, located below and at www.sundance.org/submissions-terms-and-conditions, the entity submitting the Film (hereafter called the “Applicant”) acknowledges that he or she has obtained consent from any and all owners, creators, writers, Producers and/or other authorized representatives of the Project (hereafter called the “Project’s Owners”) whose consent is required to submit the Project to the Institute, and has read and understood the submission rules and regulations set forth below:


I. GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR SUBMISSION OF A FILM TO THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL:

NOTE: The submission categories and program categories that are referenced and identified as capitalized terms in this Section I of these Rules and Regulations, and the eligibility requirements for each, shall be understood as having the definitions and descriptions assigned to them in Sections II and III of these Rules and Regulations below.

1) If 50% or more of the Project’s financing originated from sources within the United States, the Project may only be submitted in one of the following categories: U.S. Narrative Feature Films, U.S. Documentary Feature Films, U.S. Short Films, Virtual Reality Projects, or Episodic Content.

2) If more than 50% of the Project’s financing originated from sources outside of the United States, the Project may only be submitted in one of the following categories: International Narrative Feature Films, International Documentary Feature Films, International Short Films, Virtual Reality Projects, or Episodic Content.

3) If the Project’s final running time is projected to be 50 minutes or more, the Project may only be submitted in one of the following categories: U.S. Narrative Feature Films, U.S. Documentary Feature Films, International Narrative Feature Films, International Documentary Feature Films, Virtual Reality Projects, or Episodic Content.

4) If the Project’s final running time is projected to be less than 50 minutes, the Project may only be submitted in one of the following categories: U.S. Short Films, International Short Films, Virtual Reality Projects, or Episodic Content.

5) U.S. Narrative and Documentary Feature Films that have been or will be exhibited publicly in their current form at more than two other film festival screenings, one or more publicly ticketed non-festival theatrical screenings, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, video on demand, etc.) before January 29, 2017 are not eligible for submission to the Festival.

6) In order to qualify for the Festival’s U.S. Narrative or U.S. Documentary competition programs, Projects must retain world premiere status prior to January 19, 2017, excluding “work-in-progress” screenings at which an incomplete version of the film was previously screened.

7) U.S. Narrative and U.S. Documentary Feature Films that have been or will be screened at up to two other festivals in any country prior to January 29, 2017 are still eligible for inclusion into the Festival’s non-competition programs.

8) U.S. Narrative and U.S. Documentary Feature Films that have been previously released via any home video or public distribution platform (including, but not limited to, Blu-ray, DVD, or video on demand) or broadcast/streamed on television or the internet in any country are not eligible for submission to the Festival unless the version submitted is significantly different from the version that was previously made available to the general public. The Institute shall have the sole authority and discretion to determine whether a Project that was previously released via any method described above has been changed significantly from the previously released or broadcast version. The Institute reserves the sole and exclusive right to determine a previously released or broadcast project’s eligibility, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, based on the content of the submitted version of the Project as compared with the previously released or broadcast version.

9) U.S. and International Narrative and Documentary Feature Films that have previously been exhibited theatrically at one or more private screenings for which tickets were not available to the general public retain eligibility for submission to the Festival in all categories.

10) International Narrative and International Documentary Feature Films that have been released theatrically, broadcast on television, or screened at up to two film festivals within their country of origin are eligible for open submission to the Festival in their respective categories of submission.

11) International Narrative and International Documentary Feature Films that have been released theatrically, screened at film festivals, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet outside of their country of origin are not eligible for open submissions to the Festival. This does not include “work-in-progress” screenings in which an incomplete version of the film was previously screened.

12) Short Films do not need to retain any sort of premiere status. U.S. and International Short Films do not forfeit their eligibility for submission to the Festival if they were previously released theatrically or via any home video platform, broadcast or streamed on television or the internet, or screened at any number of film festivals anywhere in the world.

13) Virtual Reality Projects may have been previously exhibited at other Festivals or industry trade shows/conventions and still retain their eligibility for open submission to the Festival. Projects submitted in this category must not have been made publicly available, either for free or for purchase, via any existing Virtual Reality platform prior to January 29, 2017.

14) Open submissions to the Episodic Content category are not eligible for the Festival if the submitted content has been made available to the general public via any platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, video on demand, etc.) prior to January 29, 2017. If the submitted content is a continuation of an existing series, only new episodes are eligible for open submission to the Festival.

15) U.S. and International Narrative and Documentary Feature Films that have previously been theatrically exhibited at a “work-in-progress” screening at which tickets were available to the general public are only eligible for submission to the Festival if the version submitted is significantly different from the version previously screened. The Institute reserves the right to determine a previously screened project’s eligibility, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, based on the content of the submitted version of the Project as compared with the previously screened version.

16) Projects completed prior to January 1, 2015, are not eligible for consideration for the 2017 edition of the Festival.

17) Projects that have been submitted for Festival consideration in previous years are eligible for re-submission for 2017 Festival consideration only if the content of the submitted Project has changed significantly since the previous year in which the Project was submitted. The Institute shall have the sole authority and discretion to determine whether a Project that was previously submitted has been changed significantly from the previously submitted version. The Institute reserves the right to determine a previously submitted Project’s eligibility, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, based on the content of the newly submitted version of the film as compared with the previously submitted version.

18) It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to secure authorization and permission from the copyright owner(s) of any and all copyrighted content or materials included within the submitted Project. The Institute expressly disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any copyrighted content or materials within or relating to the submitted Project, including any content or materials that are or may become the basis for any third party claims for copyright infringement. The Institute reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Project with any unauthorized inclusion of copyrighted content or materials. In the event that any claim, dispute, action or proceeding shall be brought or asserted by any person or entity that alleges that the Project makes unauthorized or unlawful use of any copyrighted content or material, Applicant shall fully indemnify and defend the Institute, the Festival, and each of their representatives and affiliates from any liability in connection therewith and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, that any of them may incur in connection therewith.

19) It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to secure authorization and permission from the owner(s) of any and all trademarked content or materials included within the submitted Project. The Institute expressly disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any trademarked content or materials within or relating to the submitted Project, including any content or materials that are or may become the basis for any third party claims for trademark infringement, trademark dilution or unfair competition. The Institute reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Project with any unauthorized inclusion of trademarked content or materials. In the event that any claim, dispute, action or proceeding shall be brought or asserted by any person or entity that alleges that the Project makes unauthorized or unlawful use of any trademarked content or material, Applicant shall fully indemnify and defend the Institute, the Festival, and each of their representatives and affiliates from any liability in connection therewith and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, that any of them may incur in connection therewith.

20) It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to clear all content of the Project from any and all actual or potential legal claims and issues, including, without limitation, claims based upon theories of libel, defamation, invasion of privacy, violation of rights of publicity, theft of trade secrets, breach of confidence, breach of confidential relationship, and breach of express or implied contract (“Third Party Claim(s)”). The Institute expressly disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any content or materials within or relating to the submitted Project that are or may be the basis for any Third Party Claims based upon any of the foregoing legal theories or others. The Institute reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Project that is or may become the subject of any Third Party Claims. In the event that any Third Party Claim(s) shall be asserted by any person or entity, Applicant shall fully indemnify and defend the Institute, the Festival, and each of their representatives and affiliates from any liability in connection therewith and from any and all fees and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, that each of any of them may incur in connection therewith.

21) Applicants submitting Projects that contain significant non-English spoken dialogue must provide on-screen English subtitles. The Institute reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Project that contains significant non-English spoken dialogue that does not include accompanying on-screen English subtitles.

22) All Projects submitted to the Institute for Festival consideration must be uploaded via Withoutabox’s Secure Online Screener system, via a Vimeo link entered directly on the online application, or on a single disc (Blu-ray, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-R DL, DVD+R DL). The Institute reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from Applicant, any Project that is not submitted via one of these formats. If the Project is submitted in multiple parts on multiple discs, the Institute reserves the right to judge the Project based on the first disc included, with no further obligation to view the contents of the remaining discs.

23) It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that any disc submitted to the Institute for Festival consideration plays in its entirety on an industry-standard Blu-ray or DVD player. In the event that a submitted disc does not play on an industry-standard standard Blu-ray or DVD player, the Institute will attempt, but is under no obligation, to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form in an effort to obtain a replacement copy of the Project. The Institute reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Project for which the initially-submitted disc does not play on an industry-standard DVD or Blu-ray player.

24) It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the submitted disc arrives at the shipping destination provided by the Institute to the Applicant upon completion of the submission form. In the event that a submitted disc does not arrive at the designated shipping destination within the deadline window selected by the Applicant, the Institute will attempt, but is under no obligation, to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form in an effort to obtain a submission copy of the Project. The Institute reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Project that does not arrive at the designated shipping destination within the deadline window selected by the Applicant.

25) In the event that the Applicant remits an updated version of the Project to the Institute after having submitted a previous version of the Project to the Institute during the same calendar year, the Institute is under no obligation to view any or all of the updated version of the Project

26) In order to be considered by the Institute for The Festival, the Applicant must complete the submission form located at http://www.sundance.org/submit or at https://www.withoutabox.com/sundance. The Institute reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Project that is not submitted through one of these links.

27) The Institute reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Project with a submission form that is considered to be delinquent due to the non-payment of any or all submission fees. The Institute may attempt, but is under no obligation, to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form in an effort to bring the payment status of the account up-to-date. The Institute disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any failure to contact the Applicant and inform the Applicant of any payment delinquency or other deficiency of a submission form.

28) The Institute reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Project received by the Institute before June 6, 2016 or after September 26, 2016.

29) Upon completion of the Festival selection process, the Institute will attempt to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form to notify the Applicant of the Project’s acceptance status. The Institute disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any failure to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form. It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the contact information provided on the submission form is correct throughout the entirety of The Festival selection period (June 6, 2016 – December 1, 2016).

30) The Institute is under no obligation to provide to the Applicant or any other representative of the Project any comments or feedback regarding the submitted Project, any information relating to the manner in which the Project is, will be, or was reviewed; any views that the Institute or any reviewers of the Project may hold concerning the Project; any reasons why the Project, should it not be accepted for exhibition at the Festival, was not accepted; or any other information relating to the Festival’s review, consideration and/or selection process regarding the Project specifically or submissions generally beyond the information set forth in these Rules and Regulations. The Institute disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible or liable for, the contents of any internal comments or feedback regarding any submitted Project that are or may be obtained by the Applicant or any other representative of the Project; any communications by any representative of the Institute or the Festival relating to the Project or The Festival selection process; the manner in which the Project shall be, is or was considered and reviewed; the identity or identities of any specific reviewers of the Project; and/or any failure on the part of the Institute or the Festival to provide the Applicant or any other representative(s) of the Project with information concerning the Institute’s consideration and/or review of the Project.


II. SUBMISSION CATEGORIES & ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Projects submitted to the Institute for consideration for The Festival may apply in one of eight submission categories. The Institute reserves the right to determine eligibility of any film for any Festival program or submission category. The following is a description of each submission category, along with eligibility requirements for each:

U.S. Narrative Feature Films:

Any narrative work of fiction of U.S. origin with a running time of 50 minutes or more, including films that are shot in a "mockumentary" style. In order to qualify as a U.S. Narrative Feature Film, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction, and at least half of the project's financing must originate from within the United States. Only films that are World Premieres are eligible for our U.S. Dramatic Competition program, but U.S. Narrative 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. 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, streaming, VOD, etc.) before January 29th, 2017 are not eligible for any of the Institute’s Festival programs.

U.S. Documentary Feature Films:

Any 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 January 29th, 2017 are not eligible for any of the Institute’s Festival programs.

International Narrative Feature Films:

Any narrative 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 for open submission 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, streaming, VOD, etc.) before January 29th, 2017 are not eligible for any of the Institute’s Festival programs.

International Documentary Feature Films:

Any non-fiction film of international origin with a running time of 50 minutes or more, with the exception of 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 an International Documentary Feature Film, more than half of the project's financing must originate from outside of the United States. International Documentary Feature Films that have previously screened at any festival outside of the film’s country or countries of origin are not eligible for open submission to the Institute for Festival consideration. International 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 January 29th, 2017 are not eligible for any of the Institute’s Festival programs.

U.S. Short Films:

Any narrative fiction or documentary film of U.S. origin with a running time of less than 50 minutes, including credits. 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 festivals or other public theatrical exhibitions anywhere in the world, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, and/or released via any home video or other public distribution platform.

International Short Films:

Any narrative fiction or documentary film of international origin with a running time of less than 50 minutes, including credits. In order to qualify as an International Short Film, at least half of the submitted project's financing must originate from outside of the United States. Short Films have no premiere requirements or prior screening restrictions to retain eligibility. International Short Films may have been screened at any number of festivals or other public theatrical exhibitions anywhere in the world, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, and/or released via any home video or other public distribution platform.

Episodic Content:

We are now accepting open submissions of independent projects created for online platforms and/or broadcast television. Projects submitted in this category must be scripted or improvised fiction of any genre or documentary series. Applicants may submit single or multiple episodes of the same project, provided that the total running time does not exceed 180 minutes, including credits. Multiple episodes should be submitted on a single disc or uploaded as one continuous video file. We accept both short-form and long-form content, but individual episodes may not exceed 60 minutes in length. Open submissions in this category are not eligible for the Festival if the submitted content has been made available to the general public via any platform (broadcast television, Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) prior to January 29th, 2017. If the submitted content is a continuation of an existing series, only new episodes are eligible for open submission to the Festival.

Virtual Reality Projects:

Submissions in this category are eligible to be selected for the Festival’s New Frontier VR Showcase. We encourage the diverse creative community of storytellers and technologists to submit inventive, independently produced works of fiction, documentary, and interactive Virtual Reality projects for consideration. Projects must be viewable via one of our accepted VR platforms (currently limited to Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Samsung Gear VR, or Google Cardboard). We request that you provide a link to a 360° video file (.mp4), app download package (.apk), or other PC installation package. Additionally, we request that you provide a separate 2D version of the project via Withoutabox’s Secure Online Screener system. Virtual Reality Projects may have been previously exhibited at other Festivals or industry trade shows/conventions and still retain their eligibility for open submission to the Festival. Projects submitted in this category must not have been made publicly available, either for free or for purchase, via any existing platform prior to January 29th, 2017.


III. FESTIVAL PROGRAMS & ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Please be advised that the information listed below is subject to change at any time, as our Festival programs may vary from year to year. Projects accepted by the Institute into the Festival will be placed, at the sole and absolute discretion of The Festival Programming department, in one of fifteen Festival programs. Applicants may not submit their Projects directly to any specific program. The following is a description of each Festival program, along with eligibility requirements for each:

U.S. Dramatic Competition (16 U.S. Narrative Feature Films):

Submitted films must be WORLD PREMIERES in order to be considered for this program. If your film has been screened or released in any country prior to January 29th, 2017, whether at a film festival, a ticketed public theatrical exhibition, 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.), it is not eligible for this program. In order to qualify, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction, have a total running time of 50 minutes or more, and at least half of the project's financing must originate from within the United States. Films selected to play in this category will compete against one another for jury prizes and an audience award.

U.S. Documentary Competition (16 U.S. Documentary Feature Films):

Films must be WORLD PREMIERES in order to be considered for this program. If your film has been screened or released in any country prior to January 29th, 2017, whether at a film festival, a ticketed public theatrical exhibition, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, VOD, etc.), it is not eligible for this program. In order to qualify, the submitted project must be a non-fiction documentary subject ("mockumentaries" do not qualify), have a total running time of 50 minutes or more, and at least half of the project's financing must originate from within the United States. Films selected to play in this category will compete against one another for jury prizes and an audience award.

World Cinema Dramatic Competition (12 International Narrative Feature Films):

Films must be INTERNATIONAL PREMIERES in order to be considered for this program. If your film has screened or will screen outside of its country or countries of origin prior to January 29th, 2017, whether at a film festival or other ticketed public theatrical exhibition, it is not eligible for this program. Films that have been or will be 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.) in any country prior to January 29th, 2017 are not eligible. In order to qualify, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction, have a total running time of at least 50 minutes, and more than half of the project's financing must originate from outside of the United States. Films selected to play in this program will compete against one another for jury prizes and an audience award.

World Cinema Documentary Competition (12 International Documentary Feature Films):

Films must be INTERNATIONAL PREMIERES in order to be considered for this program. If your film has screened or will screen outside of its country or countries of origin prior to January 29th, 2017, whether at a film festival or other ticketed public theatrical exhibition, it is not eligible for this program. Films that have been or will be 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.) in any country prior to January 29th, 2017 are also ineligible. In order to qualify, the submitted project must be a non-fiction documentary subject ("mockumentaries" do not qualify), have a total running time of at least 50 minutes, and more than half of the project's financing must originate from outside of the United States. Films selected to play in this program will compete against one another for jury prizes and an audience award.

NEXT (8-10 U.S. Narrative Feature Films):

Films must be WORLD PREMIERES in order to be considered for this program. If your film has been screened or released in any country prior to January 29th, 2017, whether at a film festival, a ticketed public theatrical exhibition, 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.), it is not eligible for this program. In order to qualify, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction, have a total running time of 50 minutes or more, and at least half of the project's financing must originate from within the United States. Films selected to play in this program will compete against one another for the NEXT Audience Award.

Short Film Competition (60-80 U.S. & International Short Films):

All short films are selected to play before features or in one of eight Shorts Programs, and all accepted short films are eligible for awards in our Short Film Competition. In order to qualify, Short Films must have a total running time of less than 50 minutes, including credits. There are no premiere or prior screening restrictions for short films. Shorts may have been publicly exhibited, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any home video platform in any country and still remain eligible for our Short Film Competition. All short films screened at the Festival are eligible for the Short Film Grand Jury Prize. Short films also compete for jury prizes within their respective categories (U.S. Fiction, International Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Animation).

Premieres (14-18 U.S. & International Narrative Feature Films):

Acceptance into this out-of-competition program is by invitation only. Films that are selected must maintain WORLD PREMIERE status and have a total running time of at least 50 minutes.

Documentary Premieres (8-10 U.S. & International Documentary Feature Films):

Acceptance into this out-of-competition program is by invitation only. Films that are selected must maintain WORLD PREMIERE status and have a total running time of at least 50 minutes.

Spotlight (8-10 U.S. & International Feature Films):

Films considered for this out-of-competition program are not required to retain any sort of theatrical premiere status, and may have screened at up to two other film festivals or ticketed public theatrical exhibitions in any country prior to January 29th, 2017. Films that have been or will be 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.) prior to January 29th, 2017 are not eligible for this program. In order to qualify, projects must have a total running time of at least 50 minutes.

Midnight (8-9 U.S. & International Feature films):

Films considered for this out-of-competition program are not required to retain any sort of festival premiere status, and may have screened at up to two other film festivals or ticketed public theatrical exhibitions in any country prior to January 29th, 2017. Films that have been or will be 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.) prior to January 29th, 2017 are not eligible for this program. In order to qualify, submitted projects must have a total running time of at least 50 minutes.

New Frontier Films (3-6 U.S. & International Feature Films):

Films considered for this out-of-competition program are not required to retain any sort of festival premiere status, and may have screened at up to two other film festivals or ticketed public theatrical exhibitions in any country prior to January 29th, 2017. Films that have been or will be 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.) prior to January 29th, 2017 are not eligible for this program. In order to qualify, submitted projects must have a total running time of at least 50 minutes.

New Frontier VR Showcase (20-40 Virtual Reality Projects):

In order to be eligible for this out-of-competition program, Virtual Reality Projects may have been previously exhibited at other festivals or industry trade shows/conventions and still retain their eligibility, but submitted Projects must not have been made publicly available, either for free or for purchase, via any existing platform prior to January 29th, 2017.

Sundance Kids (2-3 U.S. & International Feature Films):

Films considered for this out-of-competition program are not required to retain any sort of theatrical premiere status, and may have screened at up to two other film festivals or ticketed public theatrical exhibitions in any country prior to January 29th, 2017. Films that have been or will be 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.) prior to January 29th, 2017 are not eligible for this program. In order to qualify, submitted projects must have a total running time of at least 50 minutes.

Special Events (8-12 U.S. & International Episodic & Feature-Length Projects):

Open submissions considered for this out-of-competition program must retain WORLD PREMIERE status in order to be eligible for this program. Projects that have been or will be 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.) prior to January 29th, 2017 are not eligible. If the submitted content is a continuation of an existing series, only new episodes are eligible for open submission to the Festival.

From The Collection (1-2 U.S. & International Feature Films):

Acceptance into this out-of-competition program is by invitation only, but films that are selected must have a total running time of at least 50 minutes. Open submissions will not be considered for this program. Only films that are a part of the Sundance Collection at UCLA qualify for inclusion into the Festival.



TERMS AND CONDITIONS

I, the authorized representative of the project being submitted (hereafter called the "Project") to Sundance Institute (hereafter called the “Institute”) for consideration for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival (hereafter called the “Festival”), hereby acknowledge and clicking to the following:

1. I represent and warrant to the Institute that: (a) I am duly authorized, on my own behalf and on behalf of all other persons or entities who have any ownership rights or interests (including, without limitation, intellectual property rights) in or relating to the Project (hereafter called the “Project’s Owners”), to exhibit this Project at the Festival, (b) exhibition of the Project at the Festival will not violate any law or any right or consent of any person or entity; and (c) the Project is not subject to any litigation, arbitration, or other adversarial claim or proceeding, nor is the Project the subject of any threat of litigation, arbitration, or other adverse claim or proceeding.

2. I further represent and warrant, on behalf of myself and the Project’s Owners, that the exhibition of the Project at the Festival will not violate or infringe any copyright, patent, privacy right, publicity right, trademark, service mark or any other personal or property right of any person or entity, and that the Project does not constitute or include a defamation of any person or entity. I have paid and will pay in full all license fees, clearance fees, and other obligations, of any kind, arising from or associated with the exhibition of the Project at or in connection with the Festival.

3. In the event that the Project is accepted by the Institute for inclusion in the Festival, I acknowledge, on behalf of myself and the Project’s Owners, that the Institute’s exhibition or presentation of the Project at the Festival does not and will not create any confidential or fiduciary relationship between the Institute on the one hand and myself and/or the Project’s Owners on the other. I further acknowledge, on behalf of myself and the Project’s Owners, that I and we understand that neither I nor any of the Project’s Owners will receive any compensation for such exploitation, although some prizes at the Festival may include cash awards. I acknowledge that no obligation of any kind is assumed by, or may be implied against, the Institute or the Festival in the event of, by virtue of, or as a result of the Institute’s selection of the Project for the Festival. I and the Project’s Owners understand and acknowledge that the selection of the Project for inclusion in the Festival does not and will not in any way constitute an express or implied endorsement or approval by the Institute or the Festival of the content of the Project or any opinion expressed therein.

4. I agree, on behalf of myself and each of the Project’s Owners, to indemnify and hold harmless the Institute and the Festival, together with each of their parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, employees, attorneys, creative advisors, agents and representatives (collectively, “Sundance Related Parties”), from and against any and all claims, losses, liabilities, damages, fees and expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys’ fees and other costs) that may be asserted by any person or entity, or may be incurred by the Institute, the Festival, or any Sundance Related Parties, at any time in connection with the Project or the Institute’s use, handling or consideration thereof, and/or arising from any breach or alleged breach of any representation made by me to the Institute, the Festival or any Sundance Related Parties, including, without limitation, any express or implied representation in these Terms and Conditions.

5. I warrant and agree, on behalf of myself and each of the Project’s Owners, that the Project is being submitted to the Institute voluntarily and without promise or inducement, and that the submission of the Project neither imposes nor creates any obligation or responsibility on the part of the Institute, the Festival, or any Sundance Related Parties to accept the Project for inclusion in the Festival, to exhibit the Project at the Festival, to acknowledge the submission of the Project, or to return the Project to me or others. I further agree, on my own behalf and on behalf of the Project’s Owners, that I and the Project’s Owners, in submitting the Project for consideration, are waiving, forfeiting, foregoing and relinquishing any right that I or we might otherwise have to assert any claim or commence any proceeding in any forum or tribunal against the Institute, the Festival, or any Sundance Related Parties, based upon, arising out of or otherwise relating to the submission, exhibition or failure to exhibit the Project (including, without limitation, claims relating to any failure or refusal to exhibit the Project at the Festival, the exhibition or marketing of the Project at or in connection with the Festival, alleged oral or written representations by the Festival or its representatives relating to the submission or exhibition of the Project, and any other matters arising from or relating to the submission of the Project), whether such claims may be based on theories of contract, implied contract, tort, statute, or other legal theory (hereinafter, “Claim”). In the event that any Claim is asserted, or any action, arbitration or other proceeding is brought or commenced, in violation of the agreement set forth in the immediately preceding sentence, I agree, on my own behalf and on behalf of each of the Project’s Owners, to indemnify the Institute and the Festival from any and all Claims, losses, liabilities, damages, fees and expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys’ fees and other costs) that are incurred by the Institute, the Festival and any Sundance Related Parties as a result of or in connection with any such Claim or any action, arbitration or other proceeding brought in violation of the representations and agreements set forth in this paragraph, including, without limitation, reimbursement of all attorneys’ fees incurred or to be incurred by the Institute, the Festival, or any Sundance Related Parties in connection with any Claim or any action, arbitration or other proceeding brought or initiated by me or any of the Project’s Owners or any other representative of, or person affiliated with, the Project.

6. Without in any way limiting the provisions or scope of the agreements set forth in paragraph 5 above and paragraph 10 below, I further agree and accept that, in the event that any Claim is asserted, or any action, arbitration or other proceeding is brought or commenced, by me, any of the Project’s Owners, or any other representative of or person affiliated with the Project, in violation of the agreements set forth in paragraph 5 above, and in the further event that an arbitrator or other tribunal should permit such Claim to proceed despite the waiver language set forth in paragraph 5 above, the sole and maximum remedy that could be awarded to me or any other person or entity asserting any Claim shall be a refund of the submission fee paid in connection with the submission of the Project to the Institute for consideration for the Festival. Under no circumstances shall any other remedy, including without limitation actual, expectancy, reliance, consequential, special, punitive or exemplary damages, or any other damages, or injunctive, declaratory, provisional or other relief, be available to me, the Project’s Owners, or any other person or entity representing or affiliated with the Project.

7. In the event that the Project is accepted by the Institute for inclusion in and exhibition at the Festival, I hereby grant, on behalf of myself and each of the Project’s Owners, each of the following rights to the Institute, the Festival, and any Sundance Related Parties without reservations, conditions or qualifications: (a) the right to use footage, stills and/or titles, and information from or relating to the Project for promotional purposes; and (b) the right to issue and authorize publicity concerning the filmmakers and the Project and to use all associated names, likenesses and biographical information. I also agree to provide up-to-date contact information pertaining to the director(s) and producer(s) of the Project, and to grant the Institute and the Festival, at their sole and absolute discretion, the right to provide this information to film industry organizations that sponsor Festival events.

8. I warrant and agree, on behalf of myself and each of the Project’s Owners, that the Institute has made no claims, representations or guarantees, and has provided no assurances, in relation to the internal process utilized by the Institute with respect to selection of films for inclusion in the Festival, and that the submission of the Project neither imposes nor creates any obligation or responsibility on the part of the Institute, the Festival, or any Sundance Related Parties to provide me, the Project’s Owners, or my or their related parties with comments, feedback or other information pertaining to the viewing or consideration of the Project by the Institute for possible inclusion in the Festival.

9. I represent that I am 18 years of age or older, or that, if I am younger than the legal age to enter into contracts in my state, I have provided the Institute with signed, written consent from my parent or legal guardian.

10. Without in any way limiting the provisions or scope of the agreements set forth in paragraph 5 above, I further agree, on behalf of myself and each of the Project’s Owners, that any claim, dispute or controversy arising out of, in connection with, or otherwise related to the Project, the Festival, or these Terms and Conditions, including, without limitation, any Claim (as this term is defined above) and any other claim or cause of action of any nature arising from the actual or alleged breach, termination, enforcement, interpretation or validity of these Terms and Conditions, as well as the determination of the scope or applicability of this agreement to arbitrate, will be governed by the internal, substantive laws of the State of California and will be subject to and submitted to exclusive, binding arbitration before a single arbitrator in Los Angeles, California, which shall be the sole and exclusion forum for determination of such claim, dispute or controversy. Such arbitration will be administered by JAMS pursuant to its Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures then in effect. The arbitrator will be selected by mutual agreement of the parties or, if the parties are unable to agree on an arbitrator, will be appointed by JAMS pursuant to its Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures then in effect. The arbitrator shall issue a written award and, subject to the terms of paragraph 6 hereof, shall have the right to award monetary relief. I specifically agree and acknowledge, however, that the arbitrator shall not have the power to award punitive or exemplary damages, nor shall the arbitrator have the power to order the Institute to include the Project in the Festival or to award other injunctive or non-monetary relief. The arbitrator shall have the power to award, and shall be required to award, to the substantially prevailing party in any such arbitration, its reasonable attorneys’ fees, costs and expenses incurred in connection with the arbitration (including, without limitation, reimbursement of that party’s share of the arbitrator’s fees and JAMS administrative charges). The arbitrator’s award shall be final, binding and non-appealable. Judgment on the arbitrator’s award may be entered in any federal or state court of competent jurisdiction in the United States. In agreeing to this exclusive arbitration provision, I hereby waive, forfeit and relinquish, on behalf of myself and each of the Project’s Owners, any right or entitlement that I or the Project’s Owners might otherwise have had to bring or litigate any claim or claims encompassed by this paragraph in any federal or state court against the Institute, the Festival, or any Sundance Related Party, and further waive, forfeit and relinquish any right to a trial by jury with respect to such claim or claims.

11. I hereby acknowledge that I have the right to consult with an attorney of my own choosing with respect to these Terms and Conditions and with respect to the Rules and Regulations for submitting a film to the Festival, located at www.sundance.org/submissions-rules. By clicking “I Agree” below, I agree that I am doing so after having consulted with an attorney or after I freely or voluntarily elected not to do so without coercion or duress.

12. I hereby acknowledge that I have read and understood the Rules and Regulations for submitting a film to the Festival, located at www.sundance.org/submissions-rules, and that the information contained in said Rules and Regulations does and shall supersede any information obtained elsewhere, including, but not limited to, information contained in any Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) documents and/or rules and regulations documents from prior years.

13. By completing my submission application for 2017 Sundance Film Festival consideration. I freely and voluntarily give and express my full and complete acceptance of all of the terms and provisions set forth in these Terms and Conditions. I acknowledge that no oral representations, inducements, promises or assurances of any kind, and no representations, inducements, promises or assurances not set forth in these Terms and Conditions, have been made to me or the Project’s Owners by the Festival, the Institute, or any Sundance Related Parties.