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With Sundance Deadlines Approaching, Programmers Seek Originality

Indiewire By Indiewire Staff | Indiewire August 9, 2011 at 8:22AM

The series of deadlines for the Sundance Film Festival are looming yet again. With the festival gearing up in Park City January 19 - 29, 2012, the early submissions deadline is only days away and various other deadlines continue through late September.
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Sundance Film Festival Founder Robert Redford and Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper in Park City. Photo by Brian Brooks.

The series of deadlines for the Sundance Film Festival are looming yet again. With the festival gearing up in Park City January 19 - 29, 2012, the early submissions deadline is only days away and various other deadlines continue through late September.

Festival director John Cooper and Director of Programming Trevor Groth offered up some advice last year to aspiring entrants in indieWIRE last year. Said Cooper on what they look for at Sundance: "originality of story and originality of how the story is told (meaning style, technique and form). I have often said, keeping 'open,' not narrowing my critical gaze takes constant discipline." Groth added, "I look for originality of vision and fresh storytelling, but there are no specific criteria for what makes a 'Sundance film.' My only definition of a 'Sundance film' is one that we play in the festival."

To read more from the programmers, click here.

And for submissions rules and regulations, click here.

Below are a round up of deadlines and fees for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival:

Early Submission Deadline

U.S. and INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS
Monday, August 15, 2011 - $35 ENTRY FEE

U.S. and INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILMS and DOCUMENTARIES
Monday, August 15, 2011 - $45 ENTRY FEE

Official Submission Deadline

U.S. and INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS
Friday, September 2, 2011 - $50 ENTRY FEE

U.S. and INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILMS and DOCUMENTARIES
Friday, September 2, 2011 - $75 ENTRY FEE

Late Submission Deadline

U.S. and INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS
Friday, September 23, 2011 - $75 ENTRY FEE

U.S. and INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILMS and DOCUMENTARIES
Monday, September 26, 2011 - $100 ENTRY FEE

This article is related to: Filmmaker Toolkit, Sundance Film Festival