Sundance issues early call

In response to the increased volume of entries the past few years, the Sundance Film Festival has instituted a new early-submission program for the American Independent Feature Film competition during the 1998 fest in Park City, Utah.

Filmmakers with completed works may submit their films between Aug. 1 and Aug. 25 to be eligible for early notification by Sept. 15. The early submission fee is $35.

According to festival program director Geoffrey Gilmore, the early submission process was created “so that filmmakers with finished works can better plan their festival and release strategies.

“We want to let them know as soon as possible whether they are going to show their film in competition at Sundance so that we can give them as great an opportunity as possible to decide how best to present their films.”

Films that are not accepted for competition under the early submission program will remain eligible for selection for the American Spectrum, Frontier or Midnight sections of the festival.

The regular deadlines for entries will be Oct. 3 for short films and Oct. 10 for American independent and foreign feature films. Notifications will be made by Dec. 1 for the festival, which runs Jan. 15-25, 1998.

To receive an entry form, filmmakers can call (310) 394-4662 or download the form from the Sundance Web site at (www.sundance.org).

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