Sundance Institute Announces 2022 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Short Film Challenge

Competition Will Lead to Selection of the Next 10 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows

WHAT: The Sundance Institute and Adobe are teaming up to find the next Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows—emerging filmmakers ages 18 to 25 who are looking to take their careers to the next level. They are encouraged to submit their short film now to be considered for a year-long Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellowship where they’ll receive mentorships, unique resources, and the chance to attend the 2023 Sundance Film Festival with the fellowship cohort.

WHEN: The challenge runs February 14–March 14, 2022.

WHERE: Short films can be uploaded on Sundance Collab, Sundance Institute’s digital space for artists to ignite their creativity, learn from experts and build community.

DETAILS: The Sundance Institute and Adobe are teaming up to find the next 10 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows—emerging filmmakers (ages 18 to 25) who are creating stories that bring their passion, voice, and perspective to life. To choose this year’s fellows, we’re holding a short film challenge, asking filmmakers to submit a one- to 15-minute short that shows us their artistic vision and unique voice. Submissions aren’t limited to any genre or topic — the only requirement is that they represent the filmmaker’s perspective as an artist. Applicants will also include materials in support of a new project that they intend to work on throughout the fellowship.

The Sundance Ignite program identifies and supports new voices and talent from the next generation of filmmakers by providing artistic and professional development to advance filmmakers to the next stage in their filmmaking. The yearlong Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellowship is open to emerging documentary and fiction filmmakers between ages 18 and 25. The fellowship begins with a weeklong digital lab orienting filmmakers to the fellowship and year ahead. Throughout the year, filmmakers will:

  • Work with a Sundance Institute alumni mentor
  • Receive a $2,000 artist grant, supported by Adobe and Arison Arts Foundation
  • Participate as a cohort in monthly webinars, workshops and workshares throughout the year
  • Receive a complimentary Adobe Creative Cloud membership, where Creative Cloud is available

For advice from Sundance advisors for crafting submissions, check out the many Ignite Resources on Sundance Co//ab.

Sundance Ignite is supported by Adobe and Arison Arts Foundation.

NOTES: FAQs, rules and additional information for anyone interested in applying can be found at:

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers. Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry. Catch him on Twitter: Instagram: IMDb:

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