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A weekend celebration of film and music, Sundance NEXT FEST is a new breed of festival experience fueled by the renegade spirit of independent artists.

Six films make their Los Angeles premiere. Each film is paired with a special music performance that embodies a shared artistic sensibility, or a conversation with filmmakers and the luminaries that inspired them. With a kick off screening on Sunday, August 2 at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, presented by Cinespia, NEXT FEST runs August 7-9, at the historic Theatre at the Ace Hotel in downtown LA.

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

The home base for NEXT FEST is The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. Originally opened in the 1920s as the United Artists Theatre, the space symbolizes a coming together of independent artists and perfectly embodies the spirit of Sundance NEXT FEST.

Get exclusive NEXT FEST access

Sundance Institute members enjoy VIP benefits at NEXT FEST including:

  • First access to tickets (tickets available 6/24/15)
  • Special seating section for members at every Ace screening (on a space-available basis)
  • VIP seating at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery
  • Invite + 1 to the Member and Sundance Institute Alumni Filmmaker Party
  • Entry into our Sundance NEXT Sweepstakes for full access to the Festival PLUS hotel stay and dinner for two at the Ace Hotel.
  • NEXT FEST exclusive tote (screen printed onsite at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery)

Sundance Institute Members help power year-round programming and support for independent artists. Become a member to get NEXT FEST benefits and be a champion for the unique and beautiful.

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Sundance NEXT FEST takes place August 7-9, 2015 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles.

The weekend-long summer Festival celebrates the renegade spirit of independent artists by pairing five new independent films with either a special music act that shares a complementary artistic sensibility or conversations between the filmmakers and those who inspired them.

The Festival is an extension of the popular NEXT section at the Sundance Film Festival, which showcases stylistically adventurous and bold films, and launched films including Obvious Child, Compliance, Appropriate Behavior, Tangerine and Escape from Tomorrow. This will mark the Festival’s second year in Los Angeles.

The press credential application process for Sundance NEXT FEST has now closed. If you have any questions, please email

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Volunteer for NEXT FEST

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at NEXT FEST. At this time, we have filled all volunteer applications

Requirements: Volunteers must be 21 years of age and able to commit to at least TWO shifts during NEXT FEST. Volunteers will pick their shifts based on their assigned role. Volunteers are responsible for their own meals, transportation, and accommodations.


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