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Emerging Local Filmmaker Residency Prize

Calling all emerging Metro Vancouver Filmmakers!


Sundar Prize Film Festival

The Sundar Prize Film Festival is an international film awards competition with over $10,000 in cash prizes for the Top 5 films in the select categories. The winning films will be screened at the iconic, landmark Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall in Surrey, British Columbia. 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. 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
• LGBTQ+ Community
• Vulnerable and Marginalized Peoples
• Environmental and Climate Change
• Educational Films


Now an official Festival Partner of the Sundar Prize, KDocsFF is working with Sher Vancouver to offer a filmmaker’s residency program in the KDocsFF Social Justice Lab located on the Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Surrey campus. 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. The winner will also receive a $500 CAD cash prize. Please note only emerging filmmakers with less than five professional credits who currently reside in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada are eligible to apply. 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 in June 15 to 16, 2024. For more information contact:


The winners are announced in June 2024 and the winning films will be screened at the iconic, landmark Centre Stage Theatre at Surrey City Hall in Surrey, British Columbia over two days before a live audience.


Official Selections are shortlisted by a jury from all the films submitted. Out of the official selections, five films in each category that rank and score the highest by the jury become a Finalist. Of those finalists, one Award Winner is selected in each category by a separate independent jury.


Only the Award Winners in each of the five categories are screened at the film festival.

To enter, filmmakers must submit their film here.

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