Sci Fi, Sundance Give Indie Filmmakers Exposure


In an effort to turn the spotlight on some of the nation’s best independent makers of short films, Sci Fi Channel, in conjunction with Sundance Channel, will launch Exposure, an eight-week competition that will allow the online communities of both networks’ Web sites to participate. ( and Sundance’s site ( are now accepting submissions of two- to eight-minute science-fiction, horror or fantasy shorts.

The films will be judged by a committee comprising network experts who will post the best entries online each week. Fans, in turn, will cast their votes on either Web site to determine 10 weekly winners. Those films will then air on Sci Fi, with an online vote determining the winner, who will get a trip to New York to pitch a project to Sci Fi Channel’s Pictures Group.

Submissions will be taken through Nov. 20, with the first shorts scheduled to appear on the Web Nov. 23.

“Sundance Channel is excited to develop this joint platform with Sci Fi for emerging short-form filmmakers,” Sundance vice president of digital media and business strategy Christopher Barry said in a prepared statement.

“This collaboration represents a fresh look at the sci-fi, horror and fantasy genres, and we look forward to featuring creative and innovative content across both online communities,” he added.