The «little brother» of Sundance has gained more signifance over the years. It runs parallel to Sundance and enjoys a very good reputation. More and more filmmakers are sending their debut features, among them an increasing number of young European directors.
The festival has meanwhile established itself as an attractive alternative to Sundance.
Qualifying categories for the Annual Academy Awards®: Animation Shorts, Documentary Shorts, Narrative Shorts.
* The winners in these categories qualify for the Annual Academy Awards®.
Documents and Other Requisite Items
Selection Media Type: Secure Online Screener, DVD PAL/NTSC
Screening Media Type: DVD, HD CAM, Blu-Ray
Audio language: original
Subtitles language: English
No premiere requirement
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Short documentaries up to 40 minutes.
Features over 40 minutes in length, made by first-time narrative feature directors, with a budget under one million dollars, and no distribution.
Documentaries over 40 minutes in length, made by first-time documentary feature directors, with a budget under one million dollars, and no distribution
Features over 40 minutes in length by non-first time filmmakers; narrative and documentary
Fiction short films up to 40 minutes.
Animated films up to 40 minutes. Films must be made in a frame by frame manner (live-action footage of puppets, for example, is NOT animation).
Any experimental or avant-garde film up to 40 minutes.