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2018 New Frontier Program

Sundance Institute New Frontier at Sundance Film Festival

Welcome to the 2018 edition of New Frontier at Sundance Film Festival. We appreciate your time and effort toward the submission process.

What are the dates of the Festival?

Sundance Film Festival January 18th - 28th, 2018

When is my submission due?

Submissions must be completed and uploaded by August 8th, 2017 in order to be reviewed.

Is there a fee?


What if my work is in progress?

Please submit regardless so we can add your project to our tracker and update us with any visual aids you may have.  

What happens after I submit?

Standard decisions take several  months and all applicants will be notified of selections no later than November 30th, 2017. Please do not contact the office to request status updates. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not provide any feedback on submissions.

PLEASE NOTE: The email address you provide when you create an account will be the only mode of communication we will use to contact you. Therefore we recommend you insure that is cleared in your spam filter!


Can I apply for both the New Frontier Exhibition and the New Frontier VR Showcase?

If you have a stand alone VR experience, you should submit your work to the VR showcase through Withoutabox.  If you have additional projects that are not VR experiences, you can also submit this work to the Exhibition. To submit additional projects to the Exhibition, please send an email to requesting a submission form.

Do you accept international applicants?


Can I start an application and save it and come back to finish it later?

Yes. You will have a chance to save a work-in-progress version of your application before officially submitting.

Can I deliver my application in person, or via mail or email?

We accept all submission materials electronically via the application submission system ONLY. Materials are disseminated to the selection committee electronically via the application system. Not only are projects not accepted in-person or via email, submitting via these methods could potentially result in a project’s loss or incorrect versions being considered in review. Contact us if you are having technical difficulty at

When will I know if I have been selected or not?

Participants will be notified of selection either way by end of November 30, 2017 via email.

If I am not accepted into the program can I receive feedback on my application?

Unfortunately, due to the volume of submissions we receive we are unable to offer individual feedback to applicants.



If you have additional questions about the New Frontier Program, please email us