Sundance Institute Short-Film Challenge Unveiled

With the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the project has issued a call for short films that address the problems of hunger and poverty.

The Sundance Institute, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, announced a new project Tuesday with the goal of using independent film to create a global conversation about extreme hunger and poverty. Called the Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge, the project is issuing an open call for three-to-eight minute narrative and documentary films.

The call for entries is going out through, and five winners, who will each received a $10,000 grant, will be selected to debut their films at the festival next year.

The first five short films in the program, which will premiere on digital media platforms later this year, premiered at a private event at the festival Tuesday.

The first five films for the Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge are: After My Garden Grows, a documentary from India, directed by Megan Mylan; Am I Going to Fast?, an experimental documentary from Kenya directed by Hank Willis Thomas and Christopher Myers; Kombit, a documentary from Haiti, directed by Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman; The Masterchef, a narrative film from India, directed by Ritesh Batra, and Vezo, a documentary from Madagascar, directed by Tod Lending.

Films can be submitted through July 1. More information can be found at