Sundance Deadline Approaching!


2009 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Official Deadlines: September 5 for Short Films and September 8 for Feature Films

Park City, UT – Today, Sundance Institute announced a call for film entries to the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The application can be completed directly online at the official Sundance Institute website at www.sundance.org/submissions. The 25th Sundance Film Festival will be held January 15-25, 2009 with screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah.

Deadlines to submit U.S. and International films for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival are:

August 18, 2008 - EARLY SUBMISSION DEADLINE (ALL FILMS)
September 5, 2008 – OFFICIAL DEADLINE, SHORT FILMS
September 8, 2008 – OFFICIAL DEADLINE, FEATURE FILMS

All filmmaker applications must be submitted online and must arrive in the Los Angeles office by August 18, 2008 for early consideration and a reduced submission fee of $35.00 for U.S. and international short films or $45.00 for U.S. and international feature films and documentaries.

The Dramatic and Documentary Competition is open to independently produced dramatic and documentary feature-length films. Films in this category will compete for Jury and Audience Awards, therefore must be world premieres. In order to be eligible for Competition, at least half of the project’s financing must originate from the United States. and must have been completed in either 2007 or 2008. Films completed before 2007 are no longer eligible for submission. The running time for dramatic features must be at least 70 minutes, and documentary features must be at least 50 minutes. All films submitted for the Dramatic and Documentary competition categories are also considered for participation in the non-competitive categories of Spectrum, Park City at Midnight, New Frontier, and Premieres. Complete information and eligibility requirements are available online.

International submissions are considered for the World Cinema Dramatic Competition and the World Cinema Documentary Competition, and the non-competitive categories of Spectrum, Park City at Midnight and New Frontier. To be eligible for competition, films must be U.S. premieres and must have been completed in either 2007 or 2008. The running time for dramatic features must be at least 70 minutes, and documentary features must be at least than 50 minutes. More than 50% of the financing must originate from outside of the United States.

Short dramatic films under 69 minutes in length and short documentary films less than 49 minutes are eligible for participation in the Shorts Program. American short films under 35 minutes in length compete for the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking. In order to qualify as a U.S. short film, at least half of the submitted project’s financing must originate from the U.S. International short films care eligible for the International Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking. In order to qualify as an international short film, more than 50% of the film's financing must originate from outside of the U.S.

The submission form and complete information regarding eligibility and entry rules for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival are available on the Sundance Institute website at www.sundance.org.

Information is also available through the Sundance Institute by contacting the Los Angeles office at 310-360-1981 or by email to programming@sundance.org. The only way to submit to the Festival is to fill out the application at www.sundance.org/submissions, or at www.withoutabox.com. Once you have completed the online application, you will be given instructions as to how to send in your film.

Sundance Film Festival
The Sundance Film Festival is the premier showcase for U.S. and international independent film. Held each January in and around Park City, Utah, the Festival is a core program of Sundance Institute, a nonprofit cultural organization founded by Robert Redford in 1981.

Sundance Institute
Dedicated year-round to the development of artists of independent vision and to the exhibition of their new work, Sundance Institute has grown into an internationally recognized resource for thousands of independent artists through its Film Festival and artistic development programs for filmmakers, screenwriters, composers, playwrights, and theatre artists. The original values of independence, creative risk-taking, and discovery continue to define and guide the work of Sundance Institute, both with U.S. artists and, increasingly, with artists from other regions of the world.