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The 2022 Sundance Film Festival runs from Jan. 20 - 30, in Park City, Utah

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Sundance Institute’s 2020 Directors & Screenwriters Lab Fellows

  11 independent filmmakers developing 10 projects have been selected for the 2020 Sundance Institute Directors and Screenwriters Labs, reimagined and expressed digitally this year on Sundance Co//ab. These Labs are at the heart of the nonprofit Institute’s long-standing support for artists, and will connect curated selections of Fellows with Creative Advisors and Industry mentors across multiple disciplines. At the Directors Lab (June 1-19th), filmmakers will...

Sundance Institute Announces Latest Documentary Fund Grantees

22 Projects from 19 Countries Receive Unrestricted Support Sundance Institute today named the global cohort of 22 independent nonfiction filmmakers and their projects that comprise the latest Grantees of the Institute’s Documentary Fund.   Grant support, unrestricted and totaling $520,000, will be extended to projects in all stages of development, production, post-production and audience engagement; grants are made possible by Open Society Foundations and MacArthur Foundati...

Sundance Institute Announces 2020 New Frontier Story Lab Fellows

Groundbreaking Group of Emerging Media Creatives Convene to  Push the Boundaries of Storytelling and Technology Six projects and artist teams have been selected for the 2020 Sundance Institute New Frontier Story Lab, which supports independent artists working at the cutting-edge convergence of film, art, media, live performance, and technology.   Reimagined for this year as a digital experience on Sundance Co//ab, the New Frontier Story Lab empowers independent creativ...

Announcing the 1M$ Sundance Institute COVID-19 Respond and Reimagine Plan

  Announcing the Sundance Institute COVID-19 Respond and Reimagine Plan with $1Million in Emergency Relief for Independent Artists and Organizations Being an independent artist means daring to tell bold, authentic stories with no strings attached and no compromises. It means taking risks, centering new perspectives, searching for meaning, and deepening our connection to the world around us.    The COVID-19 pandemic has cast a bright light on the importance of art, remin...

A note from Sundance on COVID-19

Dear Sundance Institute family and friends, As the coronavirus crisis forces festivals including SXSW, Tribeca, and many others to cancel or postpone, we at Sundance Institute stand with our peer organizations, and commend them for making the difficult but responsible choice to prioritize public health and well-being. As always, we remain dedicated to the safety of our audiences, artists, and staff, and are committed to doing our part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. With that...

COVID-19 update: Sundance Postpones London, Hong Kong Festivals

Reimagining the future together   In these tumultuous times, artists have been on our minds, along with all of our friends and colleagues in arts, entertainment, and media whose jobs and organizations have been hard hit by the pandemic and accompanying economic instability.  We are inspired by everyone who is using this time of fear and uncertainty to find meaning in the form of poems, stories, essays, images, and ideas. The scale and urgency of this challenge are extraordin...

VIDEO recap Day 10 in Sundance

On Day Ten, we celebrated the culmination of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival here in Park City. Here's a look back at some of the biggest moments, from the major premieres to the thought-provoking panels to the Imagined Futures bonfire. ...

Giving Voice Wins Audience Vote at Sundance

Festival Favorite Award From 2020 Sundance Film Festival Announced   Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced Giving Voice as the winner of the Festival Favorite Award, selected by audience votes from the 128 features screened at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, which took place in Park City, Salt Lake City, and Sundance, Utah, from January 23–February 2, 2020.   The Festival Favorite Award is the 29th and final recognition bestowed on this year&rsq...

Finding happiness & Joy at Sundance: a balancing act for the two filmmakers behind Happy Happy Joy Joy-The Ren & Stimpy Story

Kimo Easterwood and Ron Cicero are the co-directors of Happy Happy Joy Joy-The Ren & Stimpy Show (Sundance Film Festival 2020)   By James Nelson Independent reporter PARK CITY, Utah-The curtain lifted on the documentary ‘Happy Happy Joy Joy-The Ren & Stimpy Story’ at the Sundance Film Festival (SFF) with applause and questions for the filmmakers who worked to show all sides to creator John Kricfalusi’s television animation cartoon. “We wanted to achieve ...

The Sundance 2020 awards

Top Prizes Go To Minari, Boys State, Epicentro, and Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness Minari, Crip Camp, The Reason I Jump, and Identifying Features (Sin Señas Particulares) Win Audience Awards Park City, UT — After 10 days and 128 feature films, the 2020 Sundance Film Festival’s Awards Ceremony took place tonight, with jurors presenting 28 prizes for feature filmmaking. Honorees, named in total below, represent new achievements in global indep...

VIDEO Interview with Maïmouna Doucouré director of Cuties

Reporter James Nelson interviews the director of Cuties  Maimouna Doucoure at the Sundance Film Festival 2020. Amy, 11 years old, meets a group of dancers called "Cuties". Fascinated, she initiates herself to a sensual dance, hoping to join their band and escape family dysfunction... ...

VIDEO Follow The 2020 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony

Tonight's the night: At the Basin Recreation Center in Park City, Utah, we announced the award winners for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Watch the full video of the ceremony now!     ...

VIDEO recap Day 9 in Sundance

We’re in the final days of the 2020 Festival, but things have not slowed down here in Park City. After the world premiere of Max Richter’s Sleep, influential composer Max Richter performed a live 90-minute version of his eight-hour opus. At the Filmmaker Lodge, Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht, and Michelle Miles joined us for “The New Aesthetics of Disability” panel, and Steven Dayvid McKellar of Civil Twilight performed at the ASCAP Music Café.   ...

VIDEO Interview with MAX RICHTER'S SLEEP director Natalie Johns

Interview with SLEEP director NATALIE JOHNS by reporter James Nelson moments before the curtain goes up at Sundance Film Festival 2020. "My personal lullaby for a frenetic world. A manifesto for a slower pace of existence” -Max Richter Check the Trailer This film follows Max Richter as he consolidates the most ambitious performance of his critically acclaimed 8-hour opus, Sleep. Centring around the open-air concert in Los Angeles, as well as footage from Ber...

Conversations at the Sundance Film Festival The Joy of Making Movies and Meeting People

By James Nelson Independent Reporter   PARK CITY, UTAH – I bumped into a lady at the Sundance Film Festival (SFF) and learned about the meaning of the word truffle, the strength of a good movie, and the value of a wonderful conversation all before my bus arrived. Say hello to Jamie Wolf of Foothill Productions. “The surroundings before it got so incredibly crowded were conducive to hanging out with peers. It’s not quite as conducive anymore but still I think that is ...

VIDEO recap Day 8 in Sundance

Yesterday, we invited the Festival community to take part in something extra special—a ritual as old as storytelling itself. Just after dusk, led by drummers from the Ute tribe, we gathered around a bonfire to welcome the start of a new decade and dream of our imagined futures. Elsewhere, Falling writer/director/actor Viggo Mortensen joined us for another enriching Power of Story panel, ZZ Ward performed at the ASCAP Music Café, and Festivalgoers experienced the groundbreaking An...

Life on the Red Carpet at the Sundance Film Festival: One Photographers Story of Images and Movie Stars

By James Nelson Independent Reporter   PARK CITY, UTAH – The electricity and buzz that makes the Sundance Film Festival (SFF) one of the best in the world wouldn’t be the same without the imagery all those photographers bring to the outside world. The work and talent that goes into each and every photo is all part of the Sundance landscape of movies, and storytelling. “I do entertainment and I also do journalism where I want to tell a story. So, we will focus on some...

VIDEO recap Day 7 in Sundance

On the seventh day of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, we caught a conversation between Radha Blank (THE 40-YEAR-OLD VERSION) and Winston Duke (NINE DAYS) at Cinema Cafe. At the ASCAP Music Cafe, we caught a live performance by The Bird and the Bee, and at the Filmmaker Lodge, we heard from creatives speak on the topic “How Can Artists Reshape Politics?” ...

VIDEO recap Day 6 in Sundance

On Day Six of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, we stopped by Cinema Café for a conversation with actresses Zazie Beetz, Elle Lorraine, and Taylour Paige, and convened a panel full of Festival programmers and special guests to discuss an all-important topic: “the movie that blew my mind. ...

Bad Hair Movie Makes Good Impression at Sundance

Robin Thede, Amazing Host of Black Women Star in Horror Film   By James Nelson Independent Reporter PARK CITY, UTAH – Bad Hair is a movie set in 1989 about a killer weave that infiltrates the lives of women in the Los Angeles music industry and features a cast including Vanessa Williams, Laverne Cox, Lena Waithe and Michelle Hurd. The importance of getting a film into the Sundance Film Festival and affording opportunity for filmmakers and actors was evident at one o...

Shorts Awards Announced at 2020 Sundance Film Festival

So What If The Goats Die Wins Grand Jury Prize Park City, Utah — Winners of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival jury prizes in short filmmaking were announced tonight by Sundance Institute at a ceremony in Park City, Utah. The Short Film Grand Jury Prize, awarded to one film in the program of 74 shorts selected from a record high 10,397 submissions, went to So What If The Goats Die, directed and written by Sofia Alaoui. The Short Film program is presented by Southwest Airl...

Sundance Institute Awards Michael Almereyda’s Tesla + Announces New Grants to Artists at 2020 Sundance

Director-Screenwriter Michael Almereyda Honored Park City, Utah — At a reception at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival today, the beneficiaries of $70,000 in grants from Sundance Institute and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation were revealed. Doron Weber, Vice President and Program Director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation presented the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize to Tesla and announced the new winners: Tim Delaney for The Plutonians (Sundance Inst...

VIDEO recap Day 5 in Sundance

On Day Five of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, we may have reached the halfway point, but the big premieres just kept on coming. Among them, Ethan Hawke plays Nikola Tesla in Michael Almereyda’s unconventional biopic, TESLA, and Tessa Thompson stars in Eugene Ashe’s winning period romance, SYLVIE'S LOVE. We also heard from former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and DOWNHILL star Will Ferrell. ...

‘Has Recent Industry Emphasis on D&I Influenced Storytelling’ Panel

Easterseals Disability Services Presents   Jan. 25th at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival   Actors & Decision Makers Will Spotlight Need to Include Disability in Diversity Conversations; Organization Serves as Member of Sundance Institute’s Accessibility & Inclusion Alliance   An Allied Organization of Sundance Institute and member of its newly announced Accessibility & Inclusion Alliance, Easterseals Disability Services will host a panel...

Sundance Institute Announces Leya Hale as 2020 Merata Mita Fellow

Now in its Fifth Consecutive Year, Fellowship Honors Artistic Contributions of Late Māori Filmmaker Sundance Institute today announced director and producer Leya Hale as the 2020 recipient of the Sundance Institute 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 2020 Sundance Film Festival by N. Bird Runningwater, Director of the Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program.  ...


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