Sundance Film Festival 2021
By Tiffany Ike

  Although the Sundance Film Festival will look very different this year, this festival has been a platform for independent voices for decades. Springing from the Sundance Institute developed in 1980 by Robert Redford, the Sundance Festival is a week-long showcase for new American independent narrative and documentary films, in addition to a program of international films. It is the largest independent film festival in the U.S. and presents both short and feature length work.   

When: January 28th-February 3rd, 2021

Where (Usually): Park City, Salt Lake City & the Sundance Resort all in Utah 

Where (2021): Digital edition will take place in 24 states, including Utah, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Kansas, California, Texas, and Florida. The digital event, which will allow global audiences to take part through a custom designed online platform (festival.sundance.org), will also include screenings in drive-in theaters, independent arthouse cinemas, and cultural organizations. 



The 70+ feature films will premiere online in dedicated time slots.  They will follow live Q&A sessions. Multiple films will premiere at the same time every few hours to “preserve the energy of a festival”.  They will also be available on demand for a span of 24 hours after their initial screenings.  The Short Film and Indie series, which includes about 50 short films, will be available on demand on the platform for the entirety of the Festival.    The Festival will include a Festival Village that allows everyone to join in on conversations, musical performances, and other programming that are hosted by partners and sponsors of the Festival.  

Remember to check out Argo’s panel at Sundance

  The Sundance Institute is a space for independent voices to create and thrive and through their signature Labs, grants, and mentorship programs year round, they are giving many the opportunity to develop work that impacts the world. The Sundance Film Festival is the perfect place to engage in this beautiful art of storytelling. You don’t want to miss it!  

Check out if a satellite screening is happening near you! 



Birmingham with Sidewalk Film Festival

 Sidewalk Film Center, Sidewalk Drive-In


Tucson with The Loft Cinema

 The Loft Open Air Cinema


Montclair with American Cinematheque

  Mission Tiki Drive-In

 Pasadena with the Rose Bowl Stadium

  Rose Bowl Drive-In

 San Francisco with The Roxie Theater

  Roxie Theater, Fort Mason Drive-In


Denver with Denver Film

  Sie FilmCenter


 Key West with Tropic Cinema

  Tropic Cinema, The Key West Lighthouse, The Truman Little White

  House, The Ernest Hemingway House and Museum

 Miami with Third Horizon and O Cinema

  New World Symphony SoundScape Park and South Miami-Dade

  Cultural Arts Center


 Atlanta with Atlanta Film Society

  The Plaza Theater, Plaza Drive-In, Dad’s Garage Drive-In

 Macon with Macon Film Festival

  Douglass Theatre


Honolulu with Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA)


Iowa City with FilmScene

 FilmScene at The Chauncey


Wichita with mama.film

 mama.film microcinema, Wichita Art Museum, Groover Labs


Louisville with The Speed Art Museum

 Speed Art Museum


New Orleans with New Orleans Film Society

 The Broad Theater


Baltimore with Maryland Film Festival

 Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theater


Brookline with Coolidge Corner Theatre

 Coolidge Corner Theatre


Detroit with Cinema Detroit


Minneapolis-St. Paul with FilmNorth

 Riverview Theater

New York:

Pleasantville with Jacob Burns Film Center

 Jacob Burns Film Center & Media Arts Lab


Columbus with Gateway Film Center

 Gateway Film Center


Tulsa with Circle Cinema

 Circle Cinema, Circle Cinema Drive-In, Admiral Twin Drive-In,

 Philbrook Museum, OSU-Tulsa, Tulsa University, Gilcrease Museum


Philadelphia with BlackStar Film Festival

Puerto Rico:

San Juan with Asociación de Documentalistas de Puerto Rico (AdocPR)

 Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR)

South Carolina:

Columbia with The Luminal Theater

 Spotlight Cinemas Capitol 8


 Memphis with Indie Memphis

  Malco Summer Drive-In

 Nashville with Belcourt Theatre

  Belcourt Theatre


 Austin with Austin Film Society

  AFS Cinema

 Dallas with Aviation Cinemas

  Texas Theatre

 Houston with Houston Cinema Arts Society

  MoonStruck Drive-In, DeLUXE Theater


 Park City

  The Ray

 Salt Lake City with Salt Lake Film Society


 Seattle with Northwest Film Forum


Watch The Best of Sundance: Animation 

Watch The Best of Sundance: Women Directors


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