Create a short film for Sundance London

Winner Announced On
April 15, 2014
#SundanceLondon are giving talented filmmakers the chance to have their film screened as part of Sundance London 2014.

Filmmakers and directors are invited to submit a 3-5 minute short film inspired by the theme:

'Making A Go Of It'

"As the world around us changes rapidly, it seems we are constantly striving to either get ahead or get by. This year we are looking for stories about moving forward in life, love or loss and the pursuit of what makes us inspired to keep going. Sometimes these are happy stories and sometimes they are poignant, but they always change the way we look at the world."
- Sundance London

This is a real chance for filmmakers to have a platform for their work at one of the most prestigious events in the film calendar.

Running from 25-27 April 2014, Sundance London is a ‘best of’ the legendary Sundance Film Festival in the US and features independent film, live music, filmmaker development programmes and special events at The O2 in London.

"In keeping with the Sundance ethos of celebrating independent artists, the Sundance London Short Film Competition allows us to tap into the vibrant artistic community in the UK and connect that work with audiences at the festival.

I am personally amazed and encouraged by the high quality level of entries we receive each year for this competition. I watch thousands of films a year so I think that’s saying something! So… Make a go of it now… and make a film that will blow our mind!"

- John Cooper, Director Sundance Film Festival


The overall selected filmmaker will receive:

  • Their short film screened as part of the Sundance London 2014 film programm and at the Sundance London Film Appreciation event - a curated event for students who love film
  • The opportunity to participate as a speaker at the Sundance London Film Appreciation event
  • A luxury three night stay*, for the duration of Sundance London, for them and a friend, at The Langham, London
  • Sundance London 2014 merchandise pack
  • Sundance London ticket package plus invitations to festival private events and parties
  • Exclusive opportunities to meet the Sundance Film Festival programmers and participating filmmakers

*Travel not provided


The filmmaker with the largest public support will receive:

  • Their entry screened as part of Sundance London 2014
  • A luxury three night stay*, for the duration of Sundance London, for them and a friend, at The Langham, London
  • Sundance London 2014 merchandise pack
  • Sundance London ticket package plus invitations to festival private events and parties

*Travel not provided

Check out the Sundance London 2012 winning film "Extranjero", directed by Daniel Lumb & Crinan Campbell:
Meet the judges

Talent Development Coordinator, Film London

Jo ensures the successful delivery of Film London’s short film schemes London Calling, London Calling Plus and other related production projects. He has been commissioning short films since 2003, and in that time has developed and delivered hundreds of ground-breaking shorts, including 3 BAFTA nominees and BAFTA-winning ‘I do Air’.


Kat Lo is a writer-director with a BA in Art and Anthropology from Yale and an MFA in Screenwriting and Directing from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. A former painter, political activist, and published writer, she now works as Executive Director at her family business and writes screenplays. She is currently directing a feature documentary about the relationship between master architect Mies van der Rohe and his architect grandson Dirk Lohan.


Senior Lecturer Digital Film Production, Ravensbourne

Ben is an award-winning director who premiered his most recent short ‘Battlecock!’ at the 2013 BFI London Film Festival. His film ‘Island Queen’ won the Best Comedy award at the European Independent Film Festival this year and is nominated for the short film BAFTA. He has just released his first feature length thriller 'Borderlands' for festival submission and begins work on his second feature 'Annie has Body Issues' next year.


Events and Awards Producer, WIFTV

Sarah is the Events and Awards Producer for Women in Film and Television (UK), the leading membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK. Sarah is responsible for the events programme which includes workshops, discussions, screenings, networking evenings and collaborations with major festivals.

Story Editor and Talent Tracker at the Film Fund, BFI

As Development Executive David works in an editorial capacity across the development and production of films financed through the Film Fund. Prior to joining the Fund David worked in Development at Stephen Fry’s indie Sprout Pictures and as a freelance script consultant and assessor for companies such as BBC Films and Film London’s Microwave production scheme.
  • This opportunity is only open to residents of the UK. If you are not from the UK, you understand and agree you are not eligible for prizing
  • Submissions must be between 3 and 5 minutes in length
  • Only one entry per entrant (or entrant team) will be allowed
  • 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
  • All entrants are asked to provide credits for their entry in the description box when they upload their submission which must include:
    - Full Names of entrants
    - Name of their company (as applicable)
    - A Biography of themselves (150 words max)
  • Participants must join using an active email address so if chosen they can easily be contacted
  • All submissions must be submitted in the English language or be supported by English language subtitles
  • Participants must include the following information in the upload tool below:
    - Address
    - Date of Birth
    - Telephone number
    - Email contact details
  • Winners should be available to attend Sundance London Festival 25th-27th April 2014 and have the appropriate travel documentation
  • Harmful or offensive or submissions that are not in line with the brief will be removed and asked to resubmit
  • No purchase necessary
  • Participants should retain the higher quality version of their video should the participant be chosen as the winner
    Official Rules
    It's important to know our Official Rules before starting your creative work.
    Read Here
    Judges will select from all qualified submissions and will be considered in accordance with the competition’s selection criteria. These are: (i) an excellent creative idea, (b) an excellent craft or execution and (c) on brief.

    A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions, Guidelines and Official Rules.
    Official Selection winner
    After the conclusion of the entry period, a panel of UK judges will convene to select a shortlist of films. A further panel made up of Sundance Institute representatives will select the one overall Official Selection winning entry.

    Community Choice winner
    After the conclusion of the entry period all eligible entries will be displayed on the contest site during the voting period for public voting by the Talenthouse community, the top highest voted submission will be selected as the Community Choice winner.
    Key Dates
    • Submit By: March 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM
    • Voting Starts: March 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM
    • Voting Ends: March 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM
    • Winner Announcement: April 15, 2014
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