Off Screen

For a complete listing of the 2012 Off Screen Events please consult our film guide

Round out your Festival experience with music, art, and conversation. From solo acts and bands performing throughout the Festival to panels and discussions that bring emerging and veteran filmmakers together with industry leaders, Off Screen offers a cultural outlet for Festivalgoers outside the theatre.

Panels and Conversations

Delve into the art, culture, and commerce of cinema. With the independent film world changing every day, Festival panels offer in-depth conversation, lively debate, and critical insight into a broad range of issues. Some of the 2011 panels included Power of Story with Norman Lear and George C. Wolfe, as well as a special team-up with The New York Times for TimesTalks with Vera Farmiga, Greg Kinnear, and others.

At the Lodge

At the Lodge is a series of daily panels hosted at the Filmmaker Lodge, a casual meeting place for filmmakers and Festivalgoers with a café and comfortable lounge. Last year, we looked at topics such as film and social change with Michael Moore and Harry Belafonte; Youth Culture in Iran with Reza Aslan and Maryam Keshavarz; and Marketing in the New Indie Universe.

Cinema Café

Presented by Chase Sapphire®

Start your day at Cinema Café. Each morning in the Filmmaker Lodge, Cinema Café revives the culture of conversation, offering audiences the opportunity to engage with Festival filmmakers and other notable guests in an informal dialogue over coffee and treats. Check back to see who will be at the Cinema Café this January.

Panels at New Frontier

These conversations explore the ever-evolving convergence of art and technology by offering Festivalgoers the opportunity to engage in dialogue with filmmakers and industry leaders, gain hands-on experience, or just share ideas. From trends in transmedia to the narratives of video games, be sure to check out the panels at the 2012 New Frontier, now located at The Yard.

Film Music Events

From panels to live performances, the Festival recognizes the huge role music plays in film at a variety of venues. Events include A Celebration of Music in Film, Roundtable Discussion: Music and Film, the Creative Process Produced by BMI, and Music Showcase: BMI Snowball Produced by BMI. Catch sets at the Sundance ASCAP Music Café. Stop in during the day to hear a range of exciting songwriters and artists from across the musical spectrum in a program produced by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).