As technology advances, our world grows smaller. Yet, while we are more connected than ever before, we remain separated by the lottery of where we are born. Around the world, people just like you – with the same beliefs, dreams, and aspirations – have drastically fewer opportunities due to extreme poverty and hunger. Through the universal power of storytelling, the Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge will put a spotlight on our similarities—showcasing stories that communicate how we can support one another to end poverty and hunger once and for all. There is a more hopeful future for millions of people around the world, it’s up to us to inspire a positive change together.

At the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, five films made with production grants by award-winning alumni filmmakers were launched at the Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge during a private event and screening co- hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2015, storytellers from around the world will gather again to celebrate the program's newest chapter and showcase how creativity can change the world.