August 7-10 | Los Angeles

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Fueled by the renegade spirit of independent artists, Sundance NEXT FEST is a new breed of festival experience celebrating the intersection of music and film.

NEXT FEST kicks off with an outdoor screening of a classic Sundance film with Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and continues through the weekend with the Los Angeles premieres of six new films at the historic Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles.

Each film marked by unfettered creativity is paired with either a special music performance that embodies a shared artistic sensibility, or a conversation that brings together filmmakers with those who inspired them.

ACE Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

The home base for Sundance NEXT FEST is the recently opened 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.

From Friday August 8 – Sunday August 10 Sundance NEXT FEST presents LA premieres of films paired with live music and conversations with cultural icons.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Sundance NEXT FEST kicks off with an outdoor screening of a Sundance cult classic at one of LA’s coolest cinematic venues. The screening takes place at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in conjunction with Cinespia.

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Reserve your room now at Ace Hotel Downtown LA, the official home base Sundance NEXT FEST.

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Join our community of independent filmmakers and film lovers across the country, and you will be among the first to learn about the most exciting new films, filmmakers, actors and stories.

You’ll also receive special Sundance Institute Member benefits, including discounts and premiums we’ve put together just for you. Your membership ensures that the Sundance Institute will continue to enrich our culture and change the world — one story at a time.

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Celebrating Sundance Institute Members at Sundance NEXT FEST

To celebrate our members, Sundance Institute has created these additional benefits for members to enjoy throughout the weekend:

  • First access to tickets (must be a member by 6/23/14)
  • 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


Sundance NEXT FEST, Presented by Sundance Institute takes place Aug. 7-10, 2014 at Ace Hotel Los Angeles and Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Featuring screenings, music and conversation, Sundance NEXT FEST is an extension of the popular NEXT <=> section at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, which showcases stylistically adventurous films that take a bold approach to storytelling.

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