ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA 


Feature films

To be considered, your film must:

  • Have a world or international premiere status.
  • Be completed after January 1st, 2019.
  • Have a running time of 50 + minutes.
  • Not have been released theatrically, screened at festivals, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet outside of their country of origin prior to February 1, 2021.

SHORT FILMS need to be submitted directly to the festival. They must be under 50 minutes and do not need any premiere requirements. They may have screened at festivals or public theatrical exhibitions anywhere in the world, be broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, and still remain eligible for Festival consideration.

NEW MEDIA: If your project is not an experimental film that could play in a traditional theater, but a VR/AR/MR/XR project or a proposal for a media installation or a cinematic piece that incorporates a live performance or other interactive elements beyond traditional filmed media, it needs to be submitted online to the Festival’s New Frontier section.


New Registration Procedure for 2021

  1. Complete the Telefilm Canada application form
  2. Once your application has been approved you will receive a waiver code
  3. Complete the Sundance Film Festival application. Deadline October 2, 2020.
  4. The festival will send the decision letters later this year.