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  1. Freedom On My Mind

    Freedom On My Mind

    The Story of Freedom Summer
    • Clarity Films
  2. The Moo Man

    The Moo Man

    The moving story of a UK dairy farmer and his relationship with his cows, especially leading lady Ida.
    • Andy Heathcote


    Sundance-winning film shocked viewers with its inside views of a virulent anti-gay campaign and the unprecedented violence it provoked across the state of Oregon. “A picture to make you scream” (The...
    • TootsCrackin Productions
  4. BURN


    BURN is an action-packed documentary capturing a year in the lives of Detroit firefighters who are charged with the thankless task of saving a city that many have written off as dead. Firefighters hav...
    • BURN
  5. Connected


    Have you ever faked a restroom trip to check your email? Or become so overwhelmed that you just unplugged from it all? In this funny, eye-opening, and inspiring film, Director Tiffany Shlain takes aud...
    • Tiffany Shlain
  6. High Tech, Low Life

    High Tech, Low Life

    A documentary by Stephen Maing about censorship, new media, and China's first citizen reporters.
    • Mud Horse Pictures
  7. What's He Building in There?

    What's He Building in There?

    In their second appearance at New Frontier, Klip Collective returned to Sundance to transform the entire front of The YARD venue into a 3-D projection-mapped parable, inspired by the Tom Waits song, "...
    • Klip Collective
  8. Children of Invention

    Children of Invention

    Tze Chun makes a “fine feature debut” (NY Times) with this multiple award-winning Sundance 2009 film. After being evicted, hardworking single mom Elaine Cheng tries to maintain a normal life for her ...
    • Indie Blitz

Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge

Harnessing the power of independent films to create global conversations, the project supports Sundance Institute’s mission to empower independent storytellers and connect their work to communities around the world. Five new films launch the project in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  1. Vezo


    A 9-year-old girl tells a tale about how her family and village came back from near starvation after their fishing village adopted sustainable fishing practices.
    • Tod Lending
  2. The Masterchef

    The Masterchef

    Akhil, a young shoeshine boy, dreams of becoming a gourmet chef when he has a chance encounter with India's most popular TV cuisiner.
    • Ritesh Batra
  3. Kombit


    Haiti's internally displaced people start a micro-garden movement to combat post-earthquake hunger and despair.
    • Jeff Reichert
    • Farihah Zaman
  4. Am I Going Too Fast

    Am I Going Too Fast

    A digital tapestry of the intersecting worlds and interactions of craftspeople, shopkeepers, and ordinary folks.
    • Hank Willis Thomas
    • Christopher Myers
  5. After My Garden Grows

    After My Garden Grows

    A young girl in rural India tills a small plot of land to feed her family and plant seeds of independence and financial freedom in her male dominated community.
    • Megan Mylan
The Challenge
Your Short Film can be narrative fiction or documentary, imaginative, unorthodox, daring or simple — the style and structure are completely up to you but you must touch on economic inequalities.
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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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FIVE winning filmmakers will each receive a $10,000 prize and an all-expenses paid trip to attend the 2015 Sundance Film Festival as the Special Guest of Sundance Institute and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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