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“Cinema, both fiction and non-fiction, has shown over and over that as human beings, we share values beyond any border, real or imagined.” -Robert Redford

Film Forward is an international touring program designed to enhance greater cultural understanding, collaboration and dialogue around the globe by engaging audiences through the exhibition of films, workshops and conversations with filmmakers. Film Forward is an initiative of the Sundance Institute and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Film Forward promotes cultural dialogue through independent documentary and narrative film, using film’s unique ability to tell stories that explore universal themes to ignite meaningful conversations. A total of 8 films and filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad are selected by Sundance Institute and the partners each year to participate in this program, traveling to four domestic and four international locations. Filmmakers participate in screenings, extended Q&As, workshops, and master classes at universities, film and cultural centers, museums, libraries and other community, educational, and cultural venues, cultivating engaged dialogue, fostering appreciation of other viewpoints, and developing new audiences for independent film.