Submit to 2023 Sundance Festival

PARK CITY, UTAH —The nonprofit Sundance Institute is pleased to announce the 2023 Sundance Film Festival will take place as a hybrid festival in Park City, Salt Lake City, Utah, and beyond, from January 19 through January 29, 2023.

“We can’t wait to return to our home in Park City and present exciting new work from around the world live and in person,” said Festival Director Tabitha Jackson. “We also have two years of digital exhibition and participation under our collective belt, and are returning to the excitement and immediacy of live events while retaining a powerful online offering.”

The program, including world-premiere feature films, short films, episodic work and a full New Frontier program, will be larger than those presented digitally in the prior two years.

Programmers, led by Director of Programming Kim Yutani, are standing by to screen submissions, gathered via FilmFreeway.

Submissions to the 2023 Sundance Film Festival are now open. You may click the button below to begin the application process. For answers to the most commonly asked questions about submitting projects to the Festival, download our FAQ document, and please read the Rules & Regulations thoroughly before you begin the process. The deadline dates and submission fees for 2023 Festival consideration are listed below.

Feature film submissions close August 12 (early), September 5 (official) and September 26 (late), 2022.
Short film submissions close August 1 (early), August 19 (official) and September 5 (late), 2022.
New Frontier submissions close August 5 (early), August 22 (official) and September 9 (late), 2022.
Episodic content submissions close August 8 (early), August 26 (official) and September 12 (late), 2022.

Submission Categories

Each year, Sundance Film Festival select a slate of feature films, short films, episodic projects, and New Frontier exhibition and performance projects to play within each of the Festival programs.

U.S. Narrative Feature FilmsAny narrative or non-scripted work of fiction originating from within the United States with a running time of 50 minutes or more. Only films retaining world premiere status are eligible for open submission to this category. 
U.S. Documentary Feature FilmsAny nonfiction film originating from within the United States with a running time of 50 minutes or more.Only films retaining world premiere status are eligible for open submission to this category.
International Narrative Feature FilmsAny narrative or non-scripted work of fiction originating from outside of the United States with a running time of 50 minutes or more.Submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction, or a fictionalization of actual events, and at least half of the project’s financing must originate from outside of the United States.
International Documentary Feature FilmsAny nonfiction film originating from outside of the United States with a running time of 50 minutes or more.In order to qualify as an International Documentary Feature Film, at least half of the submitted project’s financing must originate from outside of the USA
U.S. Short FilmsAny film or video project originating from within the United States 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. 
International Short FilmsAny film or video project originating from outside of the United States 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. 
Episodic ContentAny live-action, documentary/nonfiction, or animation project presented in or intended to be presented in a multi-episode format.Episodic projects may originate from anywhere in the world and you may submit single or multiple episodes of the same project, as long as all episodes play continuously in one single video file for digital upload and do not exceed 10GB in size.
New Frontier ProjectsA wide range of innovative works and immersive experiences will be considered for the Festival’s New Frontier program.
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Projects may have previously been exhibited or performed at other festivals, industry trade shows, and/or events/conventions and still retain their eligibility for submission to this category. 

More info and specification about submission process  can be found here.-

***ATENTION *** Before you begin your submission, please read carefully the eligibility requirements for each category below and select the one that best suits your project:

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The Sundance Institute is a non-profit organization that provides a wide variety of programs and initiatives for independent artists and storytellers working in film, theatre, and digital media. Fees from Festival submissions help us keep the process as rigorous and democratic as possible and to further support the independent creative community.
For more information about the Sundance Institute’s other programs, please visit official page

Pass and package information for both online and in-person participation will be shared closer to the Festival, as will detailed health safety and vaccination guidance. 

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The Sundance Film Festival has introduced global audiences to some of the most groundbreaking films of the past three decades, including Flee, CODA, Passing, Summer Of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), Clemency, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Zola, On The Record, Boys State, The Farewell, Honeyland, One Child Nation, The Souvenir, The Infiltrators, Sorry to Bother You, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Hereditary, Call Me By Your Name, Get Out, The Big Sick, Mudbound, Fruitvale Station, WhiplashBrooklynPreciousThe CoveLittle Miss SunshineAn Inconvenient TruthNapoleon DynamiteHedwig and the Angry InchReservoir Dogs and sex, lies, and videotape.

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