Sundance Film TV Short Film Competition
April 5, 2019

Sundance TV Short Film Competition Entries Closing Soon

Entries close on Tuesday, 16 April 2019.

All South African filmmakers are invited to submit their entries for the second annual SundanceTV Shorts Competition. The winning team will win a trip to the Sundance Film Festival in London from 30 May – 2 June 2019, and will see their film premiere internationally on SundanceTV.

SundanceTV broadcasts to a large part of North America, as well as Europe, Latin America and South Africa on DStv 108.

How to Enter

  • Local entries can be submitted on the Sundance TV Shorts website, by the producer or director who must submit proof of South African residency.
  • Films should be no longer than 15 minutes
  • Films must be delivered with English subtitles if English is not the spoken language
  • All films need to meet SundanceTV’s official rules and technical requirements, available on the Sundance TV Shorts website.

The Judges

Films will be judged on a number of criteria, including

  • Creativity
  • Entertainment value
  • Original storytelling
  • Production value

The winning film will be chosen by the South African jury, and includes:

  • Mike Plante, Sundance Institute
  • Aletta Alberts, Executive Head of Content Strategy and Third Party Channels, MultiChoice
  • Sara Blecher, Local Director and Producer, Mayfair, Dis ek Anna, Ayanda, Otelo Burning
  • Harold Gronenthal, SundanceTV

The winner to be announced in May.

Previous prize winners include local Capetonian, Ian Morgan for his short, Good Morning.

“The SundanceTV Shorts Competition was an incredible experience. We got to attend the Sundance Film Festival in London and be surrounded by other filmmakers and producers from across the globe. I think the most rewarding part was how people received the film, and how the judges were drawn to interesting characters, rather than big budget production values. Winning the competition also gave the film an extra push when it came to entering other festivals, and is a great stepping stone in your career.”
– Ian Morgan

For more information about the competition or if you would like to watch Good Morning, visit