Still from #Je_Suis_Kamikaze, by Mohamed Touahria.
Every artist has a story — living within their sketchbook, their texts, their to-create lists — that they know when told, will have the power to change minds. Maybe it’s a look into your own life. Or a new way of telling an old story. Or a film that shows the world through a rare lens.
The Sundance Ignite Challenge is a call to all emerging filmmakers to share those stories, to create films that leave the viewer forever changed.
And this year’s finalists had a collective message that was impossible to ignore: film does so much more than entertain us. It changes our minds, our perspectives, and brings us into a world we never would have seen.
Watch the short films by this year’s Sundance Ignite Finalists that change the way we see things:
Alfie Barker, I WAS 3
Amri Rigby, Safe Haven
Andrea Porras-Madero, Out of the Shadows
Annabelle Attanasio, Frankie Keeps Talking
Ayo, Tower XYZ
Camille Bildsøe, Ms. Amen
Carol Nguyen, Every Grain of Rice
Charlie Manton, Nugget Love
Colin Earner, Rough
Crystal Kayiza, Why We Stay
Gerardo Coello, La Visita
Hannah Marks, beargirl
Jillian Banner, Sally and Bruce
Matthew Puccini, The Mess He Made
Matty Crawford, Addy
Mohamed Touahria, #Je_Suis_Kamikaze
Paloma Lopez, Singer
Rahessa Vitório, Saudade
Ramsee Chand, La Lucha Entre Cubas
Sidney Butler, A Brief & Concise History of Things & Other Things
Sindha Agha, Birth Control Your Own Adventure
Sky Bruno, Spotlight: Sean Yoro
Terrance Daye, The Colored Hospital: A Visual Poem
Varun Chopra, God on a Leash
Issy Snailham, Lux
These finalists are only 25 of 800+ inspiring and powerful submissions by emerging filmmakers for the Sundance Ignite Challenge. Check out everyone’s films before the winners are announced November 29th!