The Sundar Prize Film Festival is an IMDb qualifying festival

The Sundar Prize is a film festival with over $10,000 CAD in cash prizes for the top films in the select categories.

The selected films will be screened in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada at Simon Fraser University - Surrey Campus and Landmark Cinemas in Guildford.

The Sundar Prize Film Festival seeks to recognize beautiful films that uplift our world through impactful and informative storytelling about social causes and social issues that have social impact. Sundar means "beautiful" in Sanskrit which is an ancient language of South Asia.

Films with any theme are welcome but we encourage filmmakers who showcase the following communities and causes:

• Human Rights
• Immigrants and Refugees
• Social Justice Issues
• Indigenous Peoples
• People of Color
• 2SLGBTQ+ Community
• Vulnerable and Marginalized Peoples
• Environment and Climate Change
• Educational Films

SHER VANCOUVER

The Sundar Prize Film Festival is an initiative of Sher Vancouver which is a registered charity in Canada. For more information check out: https://www.shervancouver.com/

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

• Vancouver International Film Festival - A Canadian Screen Award qualifying festival
• Vancouver Asian Film Festival - A Canadian Screen Award qualifying festival
• International South Asian Film Festival Canada - A Canadian Screen Award qualifying festival
• KDocsFF - Metro Vancouver's Premiere Social Justice Documentary Film Festival
• Vancouver Queer Film Festival - A Canadian Screen Award qualifying festival
• Vancouver Latin American Film Festival - Established since 2003
• DOXA Documentary Film Festival - A Canadian Screen Award qualifying festival
• Crazy8s - A short film festival established since 1999
• GEMS - Gender Equity in Media Society Vancouver - A Canadian Screen Award qualifying festival
• Vancouver Island Short Film Festival

FILM FESTIVAL ALLIANCE

The Sundar Prize Film Festival is a proud member of the Film Festival Alliance which aims to create a collaborative global community for mission-driven film festivals.

SUNDAR PRIZE FILM FESTIVAL

MOTTO
Where cinema meets social change

MISSION
Our mission is to recognize and showcase films that use impactful and informative storytelling to raise awareness and inspire action on critical social causes and issues. We aim to celebrate filmmakers who are committed to creating positive social impact and promoting empathy, understanding, and social justice.

VISION
Our vision is a world where film is a powerful tool for social change, where diverse communities and causes are represented and celebrated, and where impactful storytelling inspires action towards a more just and equitable society.

The selected films of the 2nd annual Sundar Prize will be screened on April 11 to 13, 2025 in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.

• Best Feature Film - $2500
• Best Short Film - $500
• Best Canadian Documentary sponsored by Rogers Group of Funds - $2500
• Best International Documentary - $1000
• Best Animation - $1000
• Best Environmental Film - $1000
• Best 2SLGBTQ+ Film- $1000
• Best Youth Film (19 and under) - $500
• Best Student Film - $500
• Best British Columbia Feature Film - $1000
• Best British Columbia Short Film - $500
• Best Emerging Filmmaker Residency Award sponsored by KDocsFF - $1000

The winners will also receive:

• Official Laurel for the winners and finalists
• Digital Certificate for the winners
• Letter of Congratulations for the winners
• Trophy mailed to the winners

EMERGING FILMMAKER RESIDENCY PRIZE IN VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA

KDocsFF is offering a filmmaker’s residency program in the KDocsFF Social Justice Lab located on the Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, BC.

The four-month residency will give the emerging local filmmaker a dedicated workspace with editing equipment and access to the University’s film studies faculty and students as test audiences, as well as consultation and expertise.

The winner will also receive a $1000 CAD cash prize.

Please note only emerging filmmakers with less than five professional credits who are willing to reside in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada are eligible to apply. Please note applicants need to be a Permanent Resident or have Canadian Citizenship.

Submissions from BIPOC, 2SLGBTQ+, Indigenous, and marginalized communities are strongly encouraged.

The KDocsFF Filmmaker’s Residency will be awarded at the inaugural Sundar Prize Film Festival. For more information contact: greg.chan@kpu.ca

FILM REVIEW AND JUDGING PROCESS

Every film submitted to the Sundar Prize is viewed 1 to 3 times.

To ensure a meticulous evaluation, every film is watched by a qualified juror member who is compensated with a living wage. Our jurors possess extensive experience in the film industry, and some of them are also passionate social activists or advocates with diverse community-driven backgrounds. This diverse range of expertise allows us to approach each film from different perspectives, ensuring a comprehensive and insightful evaluation.

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Films that are selected to be screened are Official Selections and will be promoted leading up to the festival.

AWARD WINNER

The award winning film for each category will be announced at the closing ceremony.

REQUIRED SUBMISSION MATERIALS AND RULES

Entry Fee
Entry fees are not refundable.

Multiple Entries
Multiple entries are permitted in all categories as long as the film has been released after December 31, 2021.

Cash Prizes
Cash prizes are issued in Canadian currency only. Payment is made via email transfer or PayPal in Canada, and via PayPal or Western Union only outside of Canada. Neither Sher Vancouver LGBTQ Friends Society (“Sher Vancouver”) nor its affiliates are responsible for any government taxes or withholdings related to the allocation of prize money; such responsibility is solely that of the prize winner. The funds will be transferred within 30 days after the festival.

Decisions made by the jury are final and are not open to arbitration.

Films
All films must be uploaded to FilmFreeway. Award winners must provide download access of their film on FilmFreeway. A download link to the film can also be emailed to programming@sundarprize.com.

Subtitles
All non-English films must have burned in English subtitles

Film Assets for Official Selections
The official trailer (YouTube link preferred), official poster, synopsis, and producer and director bio and photo must be emailed to programming@sundarprize.com for marketing and promotion purposes.

Social Media and Website
Please also send your film’s social media handles for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, as well as the film’s official website by emailing programming@sundarprize.com.

Thank You Videos for Award Winners who cannot attend
The winners are required to submit a thank you video approximately 60 seconds long that is an MP4 file that can be used for marketing and promotion purposes. Please email programming@sundarprize.com.

Student Films
The director must currently be a student or submit a student film that was released after December 31, 2021.

Youth Films

Films submitted in the Youth category must be directed by a youth 19 years or younger.

Copyright
All entrants must ensure that appropriate clearances for copyright and personal rights required for public exhibition, marketing, and promotion of the official trailer and submitted film have been obtained. Failure to do so will result in the entry being disqualified. Upon selection, the entrant grants the Sher Vancouver, and its sponsors, supporters, community partners, and festival partners, the right to utilize publicity materials related to the film (i.e., press kits, posters, filmmaker profiles, stills, trailers, preview tapes, and to edit festival trailers, etc.) for promotional purposes in all mediums, including broadcast, print, and internet. By submitting a film, you indemnify Sher Vancouver and its affiliates, directors, officers, sponsors, community partners, festival partners, and other related persons from any and all liability resulting from your failure to comply with this section or any other such breach of the rights of a third party.  Furthermore, by submitting to the Sundar Prize Film Festival you release Sher Vancouver from all risk and liability in the event of theft or breach of copyright of your materials while on Festival premises. The official trailer and clips from the film may be used in media interviews and other marketing and promotion of Sher Vancouver, the festival, sponsors, and community partners. The selected films will be screened at Simon Fraser University - Surrey Campus and/or Landmark Cinemas in Guildford in Surrey, British Columbia before a live audience over three days.

The film has been submitted for consideration with the knowledge and consent of the Producer(s) and/or rights holders listed in the submission.

Participation in the Sundar Prize Film Festival implies an understanding and acceptance of these regulations. Sher Vancouver LGBTQ Friends Society reserves the right to change or modify these rules and regulations at any time without prior notice.

The Sundar Prize Film Festival is a project of the Sher Vancouver LGBTQ Friends Society.

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  • Shubham Chhabra

    I feel honored to have been a part of such a well-organized and esteemed festival. It was great to see our film being screened alongside other moving films and to meet the attending filmmakers. Alex, Sidharth, and their team did an amazing job organizing the festival and building a community around it. The festival revolves around the themes of human resilience, sustainability, and many other relevant topics. Winning the KPU's emerging filmmaker residency provides us with a perfect platform to continue our work and make the best of this opportunity.

    June 2024
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Shubham for attending the festival and participating on the panel. We really appreciate your artistry in making a comedy out of an important issue in Cash Cows. Well done and please think of us for your future projects.

  • Amir Zargara

    I honestly didn't know where to start, but this was by far the best festival experience I've ever had. The organizers truly know how to take care of their filmmakers. I can't praise Alex, Sidhartha, and the entire team enough for the unparalleled care and attention they've put into every detail. Considering this was only the first year, I'm excited to see how this festival will grow. I can't wait to return in the future!

    June 2024
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Amir such kind words! Your film A Good Day Will Come, the Best Short Film was incredible. We are really excited to see what you come up with next time.

  • Benjamin Worku-Dix

    We were so happy to participate and even happier to win at the Sundar Festival this year! Sadly we could not be there in person but the organisation and communication from the festival team was fantastic and so welcoming and supportive. We all felt that our film was really appreciated and everyone was genuinely happy for us. I would 100% recommend the festival to film makers and look forward to submitting our next film to the festival. Thank you

    June 2024
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Benjamin! Thank you so much for submitting Unstoppable Beat. The audience loved it. We look forward to seeing your next work.

  • Dalj Brar

    Wow! An amazing festival, organization and overall one of the best experiences I've had ar any film festival. The marketing, outreach for film makers projects was outstanding. There was a feeling of warmth, acceptance and a genuine interest in the films, film makers and focus on providing the audience with thought provoking content to foster further discussion on the themes. Very proud to Har been selected and be a part of the inaugural Sundar Prize Film Festival!

    June 2024
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Dalj! We were very pleased to screen Dil Rakh: Gloves of Kin our Best BC Film. We were also very grateful to have you on our panel discussion in person. Please keep creating and we hope you will submit to us again in the future.