A Day in the Sun  is a short film festival  created to bring contributions and histories that have been marginalized into the forefront, and to awaken new audiences to the experiences and journeys of diverse cultures and communities.  We accept both narrative and documentary short films (44 minutes or less), that embody the themes of equity, civil and/or human rights.

Our goal is to showcase compelling, little known histories and stories by diverse independent filmmakers from around the world. Our LIVE screening event for our winners will take place in the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles. In addition, we will host a virtual screening event to feature our Official Selection.

Winners will be announced on March 22, 2024.

Prizes are thoughtfully curated to help indie filmmakers create a powerful social impact through their work; and to elevate their artistry as storytellers; and savvy as entrepreneurs in the business of film. Prizes include:

* Social Impact Strategy Coaching Package from Oyster Knife History Studio

*Consul/Coaching on Film Financing and Funding Strategy from Mara McCann

*Script Consul & Assessment from Emmy-Award winning writer and direct-producer Renee McClellan.

*Complimentary admission into the Director's Workshop for Indie Filmmakers by Landi Maduro

*Winners will be included in a global press release announcing A Day In The Sun's Official Selection.

* The trailer (or link to the trailer) for each of the winning films will be showcased on A Day In The Sun's social media pages.

*Winners will be invited to discuss their projects on A Day In The Sun's Virtual interview series, The Wrap, a debrief of our inaugural festival.

*A Day In The Sun Short Film Festival Certificate

*All winners will receive our Winner's Circle newsletter that will keep them up-to-date on upcoming festivals, industry events, tips, educational and training opportunities.

Prizes are subject to change, as additional prizes may be added.

Films must be 44 minutes in length, or less.

You must own the rights to your film in order to submit.

Films may not be more than 5 years old. (timeline extended this year, due to COVID)

Films in any language other than English, must feature English subtitles.

The Festival may use portions of your film (including trailer/teaser/still/poster) for promotional purposes.

Films must be submitted with a private link and password that works. Otherwise the film will be disqualified.

All fees are non-transferable and non-refundable. There are NO FEE WAIVERS.

Festival event dates and time lines may be delayed or changed.

A DCP copy of your film may be requested for live events.

We are not liable for any copyright infringements or unauthorized usage and any conflict should be settled by the parties involved thereof.

You are responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity.