Sundance Ignite x Adobe Short Film Challenge: Deadline April 6, 2021

March 1, 2021

Sundance Ignite x Adobe Short Film Challenge: Deadline April 6, 2021

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The Sundance Institute and Adobe are teaming up to find the next ten Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows — emerging filmmakers ages 18 to 25 who create stories that bring their passion, voice, and perspective to life.

To choose this year’s fellows, Sundance x Adobe are holding a short film challenge, asking filmmakers to submit a one- to 15-minute short that shows their artistic vision and unique voice. Submissions aren’t limited to any genre or topic—the only requirement is that they represent each filmmaker’s perspective as an artist.

The Sundance Ignite x Adobe program identifies and supports new voices and talent from the next generation of filmmakers by providing artistic and professional development to advance filmmakers to the next stage in their filmmaking. The yearlong Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellowship is open to emerging documentary and fiction filmmakers between ages 18 and 25. The fellowship begins with a weeklong digital lab orienting filmmakers to the fellowship and year ahead. Throughout the year, filmmakers will:

  • Work with a Sundance Institute alumni mentor
  • Receive an artist grant, supported by Southwest Airlines and Jason Michael Berman
  • Be eligible for internships and program opportunities
  • Receive a complimentary one-year Adobe Creative Cloud membership, where Creative Cloud is available

For advice from Sundance advisors for crafting your submission, check out Ignite Resources on Sundance Co//ab.


One entry per person.

Films submitted must be under 15 minutes long (including credits) and must have been made within the last 12 months, as of April 6, 2021.

Accepted video file formats: AVI, FLV, MOV, MP4, or MPEG-2. Note: If you choose to upload a .MOV file, make sure that it is not using the Apple ProRes compression. We do not support reading Apple ProRes files or raw camera formats like ARRI and RED at this time.

The deadline to submit is April 6, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. PST.

Learn more and submit: