Sundance Institute Press
Sundance Institute Press
Welcome to the Sundance Institute Press Center!
Below you will find press information for the year-round initiatives of the Sundance Institute, including artist programs, Sundance Collab and the Sundance Film Festival. You can browse on your right-hand side to access fact sheets, visual assets, and (closer to Festival kick-off) how-to guides. Read on for FAQ’s. If you have not already signed up to be on the press list to receive information and news alerts from Sundance please do so here.
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Sundance Film Festival
Accreditation for the Sundance Film Festival
This year’s Festival will take place from January 18 – January 28, 2024. The Festival will kick off in person in Utah on the 18th around noon with a full day of premieres. Premieres of new films will roll out through Tuesday January 23, followed by additional screenings and special events through to Sunday, January 28.
Beginning on January 24 for press & industry (and January 25 for the general public), at-home screenings of the films in the five Competition sections will be available to a finite audience online. Films invited to other Sundance sections can also opt-in to screen online during this limited window. The entire program is not offered online for press & industry or general audiences.
The Sundance Institute Press Office grants press accreditation to a limited number of media each year. We will offer credentials for in-person accreditation and a select number for the online element of the Festival. Due to our limited supply, we may be unable to accredit freelancers who are not on assignment; therefore, we encourage you to apply with an assignment letter.
The regular window for Press Accreditation Applications for the 2024 Sundance Film Festival will open on August 23 and close on November 2. To request an application email email@example.com.
There is a late application window (November 15-December 8). We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. If applying in the late window, we may not have passes remaining. As we have limited press credentials, we encourage you to apply in the main window.
If you have any questions about the accreditation process or press access, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Press Inclusion Initiative, our effort to cultivate a more representative press corps at the Sundance Film Festival, returns this year by providing multi-faceted support to journalists from underrepresented communities: specifically, critics who identify as BIPOC, women, LGBTQ+, and/or people with disabilities.
For those eligible and interested, please fill out this form for the Initiative–after you have submitted the form, we will send you a unique link to apply for accreditation to the Festival (please note that a separate application will not arrive until after August 16th, as our offices are closed from August 5th to the 15th). Both applications must be submitted by August 25th at 6 pm ET to be considered. Any incomplete application will not be considered.
Any press not requesting to be considered for the Press Inclusion Initiative should apply with us on or after August 23 for consideration to receive credentials.
Please note that by submitting your Press Inclusion Initiative form and your Press Accreditation Application, you are being considered for two separate things. Regardless of whether you are selected to receive a stipend towards attending the Festival in-person or online, you will be considered independently for a press credential at the Festival.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a detailed request and your deadline and we will see what’s possible.
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About the Sundance Film Festival
The Sundance Film Festival, a program of the nonprofit, Sundance Institute, is the pre-eminent gathering of original storytellers and audiences seeking new voices and fresh perspectives. Since 1985, hundreds of films launched at the Festival have gone on to gain critical acclaim and reach new audiences worldwide. The Festival has introduced some of the most groundbreaking films and episodic works of the past three decades, including Fire of Love, Cha Cha Real Smooth, Flee, CODA, Passing, Summer Of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), Clemency, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Zola, O.J.: Made in America, On The Record, Boys State, The Farewell, Honeyland, One Child Nation, The Souvenir, The Infiltrators, Sorry to Bother You, Top of the Lake, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Hereditary, Call Me By Your Name, Get Out, The Big Sick, Mudbound, Fruitvale Station, Whiplash, Brooklyn, Precious, The Cove, Little Miss Sunshine, An Inconvenient Truth, Napoleon Dynamite, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Reservoir Dogs and sex, lies, and videotape. The program consists of fiction and nonfiction features and short films, series and episodic content, emerging media, and performances, as well as conversations, and other events. The Festival takes place both in person in the state of Utah and online, connecting audiences across the U.S. to bold new artists and films. The 2023 Festival takes place January 19–29. Be a part of the Festival at Sundance Film Festival and follow the Festival at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
The Festival is a program of the nonprofit Sundance Institute. To date, 2023 Festival sponsors include: Presenting Sponsors – Acura, AMC+, Chase Sapphire®, Adobe; Leadership Sponsors – Audible, DIRECTV, Netflix, Omnicom Group, Shutterstock, Stacy’s Pita Chips, United Airlines, XRM Media; Sustaining Sponsors – Canada Goose, Canon U.S.A., Inc., DoorDash, Dropbox, World of Hyatt®, IMDb, Lyft, MACRO, Rabbit Hole Bourbon & Rye, Stanley, University of Utah Health, White Claw Hard Seltzer; Media Sponsors – IndieWire, Los Angeles Times, NPR, Variety, Vulture, The Wall Street Journal. Sundance Institute recognizes critical support from the State of Utah as Festival Host State. The support of these organizations helps offset the Festival’s costs and sustain the Institute’s year-round programs for independent artists. festival.sundance.org
About Sundance Institute
As a champion and curator of independent stories, the nonprofit Sundance Institute provides and preserves the space for artists across storytelling media to create and thrive. Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, the Institute’s signature Labs, granting, and mentorship programs, dedicated to developing new work, take place throughout the year in the U.S. and internationally. Sundance Collab, a digital community platform, brings a global cohort of working artists together to learn from each other and Sundance Advisors and connect in a creative space, developing and sharing works in progress. The Sundance Film Festival and other public programs connect audiences and artists to ignite new ideas, discover original voices, and build a community dedicated to independent storytelling. Sundance Institute has supported and showcased such projects as Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), CODA, Flee, Passing, Clemency, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Zola, On The Record, Boys State, The Farewell, Honeyland, One Child Nation, The Souvenir, The Infiltrators, Sorry to Bother You, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Hereditary, Call Me By Your Name, Get Out, The Big Sick, Mudbound, Fruitvale Station, City So Real, Top of the Lake, Between the World & Me, Wild Goose Dreams and Fun Home. Join Sundance Institute on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.