Submit a short film for Nokia and Sundance London

Winner Announced On
April 3, 2013

Nokia Music has teamed up with Sundance London to challenge filmmakers and directors across the globe to submit 'trailer' films inspired by the 'underground music scene' in their selected city. Think of this trailer as an audition, which showcases your concept.

Two finalists will receive #Lumia920 smartphones and a $5,000 production budget each to produce their final short films. What's more, both films are guaranteed a special screening at the Sundance London Film and Music festival (2013) in April (both finalists will attend, all expenses paid) and one lucky grand prize winner will walk away with $5,000 and Nokia #Lumia920.

In addition to the finalists, Nokia Music are awarding the highest voted with a Nokia #Lumia920 and two tickets to Sundance London. (Travel/accommodation not included). Ten highly commended filmmakers will receive tickets to Sundance London. (Travel/accommodation not included).

"Do you have what it takes to make us feel that music makes life better and champion the joy of discovery? Is there a uniquely dominant musical identity and an authentic sound to your city? If so, we are looking forward to experiencing how the cultures that come together shape the sounds and music coming from your part of the world." - Nokia Music team
To take part, filmmakers must upload a short video trailer (15 sec - 60 sec) including a 150 word supporting written description visualizing the 'underground music scene' in their chosen city.

Nokia Music is looking for creative ideas with real narrative that will push the boundaries of mobile filmmaking.
With four exciting days of live music, UK premieres of American independent films fresh from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, plus panel discussion, filmmaker Q&As and exclusive events, Sundance London is an invitation to map your own Sundance experience.
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Two finalists will receive
  • A Nokia #Lumia920 smartphone
  • A $5,000 production budget each to produce their final short films
  • A guaranteed special screening at the Sundance London Film and Music festival (2013) in April (both finalists will attend, all expenses paid)
One lucky grand prize winner will walk away with
Ten highly commended filmmakers will receive tickets to Sundance London. (Travel/accommodation not included).
Nokia Music are awarding the highest voted with a Nokia #Lumia920 and two tickets to Sundance London. (Travel/accommodation not included).
“We found the two shorts, Hip Hop Australia and Reggae Glasgow, very engaging and illuminating. Both show how incredibly popular forms of music can be adapted to become exceptionally personal and symbolic of a specific region, even a neighborhood. Reggae Glasgow seduces you into the Glasgow nightlife and truly makes you feel the music and its cultural impact. Hip Hop Australia may be as underground and unique as you could get by reframing the way we think about seemingly disparate but intrinsically linked styles of music.”- Nokia Music Short Film Competition judges, Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival and Mike Plante, founder of indie distributor Cinemad Presents
Meet the Judges
Trevor Groth
Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival

As director of programming for the Sundance Film Festival, Trevor Groth oversees the film and jury selection process for the festival, supervises the programming staff and works with the director of the festival on strategic planning. He also programs film and music for Sundance London and oversees the Sundance Institute’s ShortsLabs.

Groth’s first job in film was as a development assistant for the Sundance Institute in 1992. He joined the programming staff a year later where he has worked ever since. During that time, along with programming Sundance, he has been a consultant for numerous international festivals and film organizations including Artisan Entertainment, Australian Film Institute, IFILM and the Off-Plus Camera Film Festival in Krakow.

From 2001-2009 he served as artistic director for the CineVegas Film Festival. Working closely with Dennis Hopper, who was Chair of the Creative Advisory Board, he shaped the festival into one of the most distinctive and “dangerous” film festivals in the world. In 2009 he was one of ten festival directors asked to contribute to the Phaidon Press publication Take 100: The Future of Film: 100 New Directors. Groth graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in Telecommunications and Film.

Mike Plante
Lead Shorts Programmer

Mike has worked with film festivals since 1993 and at Sundance since 2001. He was a Short Film Programmer for the 2003-6 festivals, and got back into the Shorts saddle in 2012 heading the Shorts team. On weekends he makes films and does podcasts and film distribution under his ‘Cinemad’ banner.
John Cooper
Director of the Sundance Film Festival

John Cooper has been a member of the Sundance Film Festival programming staff since 1989 and assumed the role of Festival Director in April of 2009 after serving as the Sundance Film Festival's Director of Programming since 2003. His early work in theater, ranging from performance to design, took him to New York City. By chance, he volunteered at the Institute's Summer Labs in 1989 and fell in love with the process and energy of Sundance. He returned to California to become part of the Festival programming team, which at that time consisted of two people. In the Festival's early years, Cooper created the short film program and quickly transitioned into programming documentaries and feature films.

In recent years, he took the lead in developing the Institute's online presence, which has garnered two Webby Awards. As Festival Director, he oversees creative direction of the Festival and has final decision on all films and events. Other work includes guest curator or juror at major film festivals around the world. From 1995-1998 Cooper served as Programming Director of Outfest, a Los Angeles festival held annually in July, and until 2002 served on the Outfest Board of Directors.

  • Participants must be aged 18 or over
  • Video trailers submitted must be between 15 to 60 seconds in length
  • Participants must submit their video to YouTube or Vimeo then paste the video URL and click 'Get Video' using the upload tool below
  • Entries can be pre-existing material created by the participant
  • Participants must include a 150 word max description about their submission
  • Nokia's judging panel will use the Facebook and Twitter votes as a guide to select the two overall winners and ten highly commended. A separate prize will be awarded to one highest voted
  • Winners should be available to attend Sundance London Film and Music Festival 25th-28th April 2013 and have the appropriate travel documentation (Nokia will cover all travel expenses)
  • Winners will be required to make their final films on a Nokia Lumia 920 device which will be provided with a grant fund. The initial trailer films submitted maybe created on any device
  • Harmful or offensive or submissions that are not in line with the brief will be removed and asked to resubmit
  • No purchase necessary
Official Rules
It's important to know our Official Rules before starting your creative work.
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The judging panel will select from all qualified submissions with special consideration for the top voted entries. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions, Guidelines and Official Rules.
Key Dates
  • Submit By: March 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM
  • Voting Starts: March 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM
  • Voting Ends: March 29, 2013 at 10:00 AM
  • Winner Announcement: April 3, 2013
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