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Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Deadline: April 15, 2018

SundanceTV has announced the launch of its inaugural annual 2018 SundanceTV Shorts Competition. The Jury Prize winning film will be broadcast on SundanceTV (DStv 108) later this year and will premiere at an event during the Sundance Film Festival: London, which takes place from May 31 to June 3.

MultiChoice, SundanceTV’s exclusive affiliate partner in South Africa, will be supporting the competition with a representative joining the panel of jurors alongside SundanceTV and Sundance Institute.

“The SundanceTV Shorts Competition reflects the very essence of the channel,” says Geraud Alazard, Senior Vice President of Marketing at AMC Networks International. “It encapsulates SundanceTV’s unique energy and passion, shining a spotlight on independent storytelling and emerging talent. We’re incredibly excited to collaborate with Sundance Institute again this year and we’re enormously grateful for the support of our affiliate partner, MultiChoice.”

Submissions to the 2018 SundanceTV Shorts Competition can be made until April 15, 2018, by going to the website:

Entries must be submitted by the producer or director of the film who can provide proof of residency in South Africa. Films should be no longer than 15 minutes and must be delivered with English subtitles, if English is not the language spoken in the film.

Entries must meet SundanceTV’s official rules and technical requirements which are available on

Mike Plante, Senior Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, commented: “The SundanceTV Shorts Competition plays an admirable role in highlighting and celebrating the medium of short film and seeking out new filmmaking talent. It’s always a real treat to view the surprising and diverse entries.”

The Jury Prize for the 2018 SundanceTV Shorts competition will be judged on a number of criteria, including creativity, entertainment value, original storytelling and production values. The jury - presided by Mike Plante of Sundance Institute - will include Harold Gronenthal from SundanceTV Global, Aletta Alberts, Executive Head: Content and 3rd Party Channels at MultiChoice and Helen Kuun of Indigenous Film. The winner will receive a trip for two to London and their film will be screened during Sundance Film Festival: London at a SundanceTV event in June.

The winning film will also be broadcast on SundanceTV (DStv channel 108) later in the year. The winner will be announced in May.

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