The culmination of the Sundance Film Festival is the Awards Ceremony. Individuals from the worldwide film community select films to receive a range of awards.
Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the U.S. Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film.
Presenting the world premieres of 16 nonfiction feature films, the U.S. Documentary Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at American films illuminating the ideas, people, and events that shape the present day.
Narrative films from emerging talent around the world offer fresh perspectives and inventive styles.
Documentaries from emerging talent around the world showcase some of the most courageous and extraordinary filmmaking today.
This showcase of world premieres presents highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year.
This showcase of world premieres presents films about far-reaching subjects by renowned directors.
Pure, bold works distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling populate this program. Digital technology paired with unfettered creativity promises that the films in this section will shape a greater next wave in American cinema.
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The Spotlight program is a tribute to the cinema we love and presents films that have played throughout the world.
One-of-a-kind moments highlight new independent works that add to the unique Festival experience.
From The Collection
Rediscover classic works of independent cinema with films from the vaults of the Sundance Collection at UCLA. Formed in partnership with the UCLA Film & Television Archive, and growing through the support of donors, the Collection now contains more than 1,800 films.
Especially for our youngest independent film fans, this section of the Festival is programmed in cooperation with Utah Film Center, host of Tumbleweeds Film Festival, Utah’s premiere film festival for children and youth.
From horror flicks and bizarre comedies to works that defy any genre, these unruly films will keep you on the edge of your seat and wide awake.
Championing filmmakers and artists who expand, experiment with, and explode traditional storytelling, New Frontier recognizes the crossroads of film, art, and media technology as a hotbed for storytelling innovation, while showcasing cutting-edge media art and panel discussions that explore the expansion of cinema culture.
Driven by innovation and experimentation, the Shorts Programs call out filmmaking’s most original voices.
Shorts Programs presented by YouTube
Power of Story
Sundance Film Festival’s Power of Story series looks to deepen public engagement with storytelling, explore cinema culture, and celebrate artists whose work propels the form. #PowerOfStory
Cinema Caf revives the culture of conversation, offering audiences the opportunity to engage with an array of filmmakers and artists in an informal dialogue over coffee and treats. #CinemaCafe
Art of Film
Exploring cinema, body and soul, these events celebrate the art and craft of filmmaking and offer a behind-the-scenes look at the creative, collaborative spirit of the artists who make movie magic.
Festival panels take on compelling themes emerging from Festival films and explore broader trends in contemporary independent cinema.
New Frontier Panels
Featuring innovative tech, forward-thinking strategies, and the possibilities of what the future might bring, New Frontier panels explore pushing the boundaries of storytelling.
Film Music Events
This new venue won’t be missing a beat when the curtains are raised at Festival Base Camp Presented by Canada Goose. A dynamic cross-programmatic harbor where film and music meet.
The Sundance ASCAP Music Caf brings live music to the heart of the Sundance Film Festival. Open from 2:00–5:00 p.m. Friday, January 20 through Friday, January 27, the Music Caf presents a diverse lineup of solo performers and bands.
Hosted presentations bring the latest and greatest from our sponsor community to Festivalgoers throughout the 10 days.