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The 2021 Sundance Film Festival runs from Jan. 28 - Feb.3, in Park City, Utah

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Save the Date for the 2022 Sundance Film Festival

We can’t wait to return to Park City, Salt Lake City — and beyond — for next year’s Sundance Film Festival. The 2022 Festival will take place in-person and online January 20-30. We are in the process of designing a safe and accessible Festival where our audiences and artists can come together to celebrate and discover new work, and each other. Mark your calendars and stay tuned: This summer we will have more details to help you craft your plan and arrange for ...

Sundance Institute Names 20 Fellows Across Feature Film Directors and Screenwriters Labs, Native Lab

Customized Support for Emerging Creators, in Collaborative Digital Environment The Sundance Institute today named the artists and projects selected for the first group of the upcoming signature summer Labs including 12 fellows for the Directors and Screenwriters Labs and 9 fellows participating in the Native Lab (one fellow will participate in both Labs). The Labs provide a space for writers and directors to spend time developing their craft and selected projects. Elements of this year&...

Sundance Institute CEO Keri Putnam stepping down

Happy to share this letter from Sundance Institute CEO Keri Putnam To our Sundance community — After 10 deeply rewarding years, I have decided that it is the right time for me to step down as CEO of the Sundance Institute. Leading this incredible organization through a volatile era in media with the help of such a passionate and talented group of colleagues, artists, audiences, board members, partners, friends, and donors has been one of the greatest joys of my life. As I work...

Sundance Film Festival 2021 : Context and Data

by Claus Mueller, filmexchange@gmail.com  New York The Sundance 2021 festival is covered in  two parts. In this first part the new context for Sundance 2021 is discussed; its customized festival model, the audience Sundance reached this year, and a listing of productions purchased to date, as well as the sponsors supporting this year’s edition. In the second part, which will be posted next week, I will review several features and documentaries. The radical film and telev...

Solid online attendance for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

2021 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AUDIENCE ATTENDANCE Sundance’s Largest-Ever Audience Comes Together Around Independent Storytelling  The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced attendance information for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, which took place both online and in-person in 20 cities across the country from January 28 through February 3. The seven day Festival reached a total audience 2.7 times larger than at the typical 11 day Utah edition, despite the shorter durat...

Sundance Interview with the team behind First Date

Sundance 2021 Interview by Emmanuel Itier with  FIRST DATE Director Manuel Crosby, Producer-Actor Brandon Kraus and actors: Tyson Brown and Shelby Duclos. FIRST DATE, played in the NEXT category at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival: After being conned into buying a shady '65 Chrysler, Mike's first date plans with girl-next-door Kelsey implode as he finds himself targeted by criminals, cops, and a crazy cat lady.   Q: How did this film come together, tell me about the ...

It's a wrap!: VIDEO Ambiance, Trailers, Clips & full Coverage from Sundance 2021

Festival director Tabitha Jackson leads a celebratory end to the 2021 Sundance Film Festival's all-new experience by bringing audiences together for one last word in the virtual space. This very special Sundance edition offered 71 Features, 50 Shorts, 4 Indie Series, 14 New Frontier Projects.  Watch our video channel from Sundance / Park City featuring Interviews, ambiance, trailers and clips THE SUNDANCE PARK CITY CHANNEL Our full coverage with exclusive one on one inter...

Sundance Interview with WEIRDO NIGHT Director Mariah Garnett and actress Jibz Cameron aka “Dynasty Handbag”

WEIRDO NIGHT @ Sundance 2021.   Director Mariah Garnett and actress Jibz Cameron aka “Dynasty Handbag” interviewed by Emmanuel Itier for filmfestivals.com.   When COVID times hit, things were already weird for legendary performance artist Dynasty Handbag. Yes, she did have a regularly scheduled feeding off of the live energy of humans during monthly performances at Zebulon in Los Angeles. But when quarantine emptied the place, she took her show to the next level&...

Sundance 2021 Day 7 it's a wrap

  WHAT’S ON TODAY We’ve nearly reached the end, friends. Freshen up your home theater, pull on your nicest sweats, put on a pot of your strongest coffee, and settle in for a full-day celebration of independent storytelling as we close out the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.  Start your day at 9:00 a.m. MT with our Festival director Tabitha Jackson—during It’s a Wrap, she’ll be taking a look back at the last week and offering some part...

Hive wins big in Sundance with three key awards

The Director of Hive, Blerta Basholli, received three prizes for her film competing in Sundance 2021: the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic, the Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic, the film also won The Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic...What else? Watch her moving acceptance speeches     WE HAVE GOT THE GRAND JURY PRIZE AS WELL?...       Check the Interview she gave Emmanuel Itier a few days ago for filmfestivals.com ...

VIDEO: Watch the Sundance 2021 Awards Ceremony

After six days and 73 feature films, the 2021 Sundance Film Festival’s Awards Ceremony took place tonight, hosted by actor and comedian Patton Oswalt, with jurors presenting 24 prizes for feature filmmaking and seven for Short Films. Honorees, named in total below, represent new achievements in global independent storytelling. Bold, intimate, and humanizing stories prevailed across categories, with Grand Jury Prizes awarded to CODA (U.S. Dramatic), Summer ...

Sundance Interview with Sean Ellis for 'Eight for Silver', a fresh take on the werewolf story

Sean Ellis interviewed by Emmanuel Itier EIGHT FOR SILVER BY Sean Ellis SUNDANCE 2021 In the late nineteenth century, brutal land baron Seamus Laurent (Alistair Petrie) slaughters a Roma clan, unleashing a curse on his family and village. In the days that follow, the townspeople are plagued by nightmares, Seamus’s son Edward (Max Mackintosh) goes missing, and a boy is found murdered. The locals suspect a wild animal, but visiting pathologist John McBride (Boyd Holbrook) wa...

Sundance Day 6 with live online Awards Ceremony

  Late last year, the Sundance community was deeply saddened by the passing of filmmaker Jamie Redford. At 4:00 p.m. MT, on the penultimate day of the 2021 Festival, we hope you’ll join us in celebrating his memory at the premiere of his film Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir. A look into the life and legacy of literary titan Amy Tan, author of best sellers like The Joy Luck Club, the documentary goes deep, moving through generations of Tan’s family and contextualizing the p...

Sundance Day 5 : what's on today!

BUY TICKETS • SHOP MERCH • EXPLORE THE PROGRAM WHAT’S ON TODAY Today is Ignite Day, presented by Adobe (more on that below!), and we’re raising a toast to the next generation of independent storytellers. Speaking of which, the day’s screenings include exciting directorial debuts that are sure to be talked about all year long. See them here first. Carey Williams’s R#J is told entirely through social media and smartphone...

Sundance Day 4 Halfway through and the premieres keep on coming…

BUY TICKETS • SHOP MERCH • EXPLORE THE PROGRAM WHAT’S ON TODAY We’re almost to the halfway point—but there are still plenty of powerful world premieres to come at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. We have Betsy West and Julie Cohen’s My Name Is Pauli Murray, an illuminating portrait of the brilliant Black activist, feminist, poet, lawyer, and priest who influenced landmark civil rights legislation. And we’re excited to...

Sundance Interview: MOTHER SCHMUCKERS by Lenny and Harpo Guit

Sundance 2021 Midnight selection: MOTHER SCHMUCKERS by Lenny and Harpo Guit Two low-down, rotten brothers named Issachar and Zabulon are starving and can’t seem to scrounge up a meal anywhere. Things only get worse when they lose the beloved dog belonging to their mom, Cashmere, who kicks them out of the family apartment until they return her nippy little January Jack. Things are going to get uncomfortably bizarre with these two dopes on the run in the ruthless urban jungle of B...

What s on Day three at Sundance

  JAMILA WIGNOT'S DOCUMENTARY AILEY The Sundance Film Festival has always been about so much more than the films themselves—from sun-up to sundown, there’s a lot to see and do outside of our virtual cinemas. This afternoon’s Big Conversation, for example, has been nearly 30 years in the making.   Take a perfect moment with your family and nature and find those places are also shared by people who are sinister and have different intentions. When those t...

Start Day Two with Questlove at Cinema Café

  WHAT’S ON TODAY Rise and shine—it’s Day Two. Start things off with The Sundance Dailies, presented by Acura, where you can share a virtual coffee with Festival director Tabitha Jackson and special guests every morning at 9:00 a.m. MT. If you slept in and missed today’s show featuring writer-director Rebecca Hall (Passing) and actor Eugenio Derbez (CODA), not to worry—you can catch up whenever you’d like here, no pass or ticket required. ...

German films in Sundance

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This year, the festival will be held online via an online platform developed by Sundance itself and offline at satellite screenings throughout the country. In addition, festival-goers will be able to gather in virtual spaces, participate in live Q&As and meet up in new, inspiring online environments to interact in a variety of ways. The German-Italian-Danish co-production HUMAN FACTORS by Ronny Trocker will have its world premiere in the Sundance Film Festival's Main Competition. Th...

europe! hub at sundance: the first cooperation between EFP (European Film Promotion) and Sundance

New initiative dedicated to the promotion for european films at the 2021 sundance film festival     Photocredits FLEE ­ Cinephil; TAMING THE GARDEN ­ Syndicado LUZZU­ Memento; PLEASURE ­ Plattform Produktion; HIVE ­ LevelK/Alex Bloom; HUMAN FACTORS ­ Heretic Outreach; SABAYA ­ Dogwoof; THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOY IN THE WORLD ­ Films Boutique; MISHA AND THE WOLVES ­ MetFilm; PRESIDENT ­ Cinephil; EL PLANETA; PRIME TIME ­ IKH Picture Promotion...

Winners of Sundance Institute Commissioning Grant, Episodic Storytelling Grant and Lab Fellowship Revealed

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Presents Feature Film Prize to Son of Monarchs, Announces New Grants to Artists at 2021 Sundance Film Festival   Director-Screenwriter Alexis Gambis Honored   At the 2021 Sundance Film Festival today, the beneficiaries of $70,000 in grants from Sundance Institute and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation were named. Doron Weber, Vice President and Program Director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, presented the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film...

Sundance Institute Announces Marja Bål Nango as 2021 Merata Mita Fellow

Now in its Sixth Consecutive Year, Fellowship Honors Artistic Contributions of Late Māori Filmmaker Marja Bål Nango Photo: Kaja Smith Sundance Institute today announced Marja Bål Nango (Sámi) as the 2021 recipient of the Merata Mita Fellowship, an annual fellowship named in honor of the late Māori filmmaker Merata Mita (1942-2010). The announcement was delivered today at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival’s Native Forum Celebration by N. Bird Runningwa...

Sundance Interview: SNOWY a short directed by Alexander W. Lewis and Kaitlyn Schwalje

SNOWY A short directed by Alexander W. Lewis and Kaitlyn Schwalje    - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13653432 Interview with the director by Emmanuel Itier  1/ what inspired you to make this film and what did you want to explore with it?   Kaitlyn: I love taking what seems like an ordinary character, a squirrel, a quiet old man, a turtle living in a basement, and digging deep for surprises--spending so much time and energy developing the story that the charac...

YouTube Originals first-look trailer release of the “Life In A Day 2020” documentary, directed by Kevin Macdonald

YouTube Originals released the first trailer today for the forthcoming feature length documentary, “Life In A Day 2020,” launching February 6 on the film’s YouTube channel. “Life In A Day 2020” premieres virtually at the Sundance Film Festival on February 1.      Watch the “Life In A Day 2020” Trailer HERE       On July 25, 2020, people all over the world filmed their day and uploaded their footage to be co...

Sundance ‘21 Goes Beyond Film

Opening Night Welcome, Awards Night, Conversations & More, Available Free & Worldwide Sponsors, Foundations Host Virtual Main Street Venues The lineup for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, taking place on a Sundance-built and feature-rich online platform, goes well beyond feature and short films, episodic work and the VR/XR of New Frontier -- it also encompasses a curated program of free special events, conversations and activations available to the global public. These Talks and ...

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