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2021 Sundance Film Festival Announces Audience Attendance

Park City, UT —The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced attendance information for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, which took place both online and in-person in 20 cities across the country from January 28 through February 3. The seven day Festival reached a total audience 2.7 times larger than at the typical 11-day Utah edition, despite the shorter duration and with fewer feature films (73) than the festival’s typical 120 features.

Sundance-Supported New Releases for February, from “Land” to “Judas and the Black Messiah”

Just days after its world premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, Shaka King’s second feature, Judas and the Black Messiah, has already racked up two Golden Globe nominations (for Daniel Kaluuya’s supporting turn as Fred Hampton and for its original song, “Fight for You”). Luckily for you, if you missed it during our online screenings, you won’t have to wait long to catch the drama, which also features Festival alum LaKeith Stanfield. The project begins streaming on HBO Max next Friday, February 12; it will also have a limited theatrical run.

“Promising Young Woman,” “The Father” Lead Sundance-Supported Golden Globe Nominees

This morning, the nominees for the 2021 Golden Globe Awards were announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and we want to congratulate all of the projects with ties to the Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival for being recognized.

Promising Young Woman and The Father led the Sundance-supported nominees with four apiece. Promising Young Woman received nods for Best Motion Picture, Drama; Best Screenplay; for Carey Mulligan’s lead performance; and for Emerald Fennell’s direction on her debut feature.

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2021 Sundance Film Festival Awards Announced

Park City, UT — After six days and 73 feature films, the 2021 Sundance Film Festival’s Awards Ceremony took place tonight, hosted by actor and comedian Patton Oswalt, with jurors presenting 24 prizes for feature filmmaking and seven for short films. Honorees, named in total below, represent new achievements in global independent storytelling. Bold, intimate, and humanizing stories prevailed across categories, with Grand Jury Prizes awarded to CODA (U.

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Sundance Institute Announces Marja Bål Nango as 2021 Merata Mita Fellow

PARK CITY, Utah, Jan. 29, 2021 — Sundance Institute today announced Marja Bål Nango (Sámi) as the 2021 recipient of the Merata Mita Fellowship, an annual fellowship named in honor of the late Māori filmmaker Merata Mita (1942-2010). The announcement was delivered today at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival’s Native Forum Celebration by N.

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Latest Additions to Sundance Film Festival Talks & Events

Park City, UT — The Sundance Institute today announced the latest additions to the programming slate of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday, January 28, at and via a network of Satellite Screens across the U.

“Never Rarely Sometimes Always” Leads Sundance-Supported Independent Spirit Award Nominees

Earlier today, nominees for the 2021 Independent Spirit Awards were unveiled, and we want to congratulate all of the projects with ties to the Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival for being recognized.
Eliza Hittman’s masterful drama Never Rarely Sometimes Always led the pack, notching seven nominations, including Best Feature and Best Director, while Lee Isaac Chung’s gorgeous, delicate family tale Minari (soon to enter wide release!) racked up six, including Best Male Lead and Best Screenplay.
Channing Godfrey Peoples’s Miss Juneteenth, Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman, and Kitty Green’s The Assistant also received multiple nods, and in the Best Documentary category, all of the nominated films premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival.

In Memoriam: Walter Bernstein (1919–2021)

Walter Bernstein, the brilliant dramatist and one of our founding creative advisors, passed away on January 22, 2021, at the age of 101. Erudite, political, and fearless, Walter’s words always mattered; his stories mattered and his truth mattered. Walter was a powerful presence at the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters Lab for over 25 years, and he made an extraordinary impact on the work of independent filmmakers and the stories they told, bearing witness and challenging the world we live in.

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2021 Sundance Film Festival: Juries Announced

Park City, UT — 22 celebrated voices across film, art and culture will bestow this year’s awards to feature-length and short film at the Sundance Film Festival, at a digital ceremony taking place February 2nd. This year’s Festival is fully available online at Festival.Sundance.

Your Guide to All the Projects Directed by Black Filmmakers at the 2021 Festival

Jamila Wignot’s portrait of a modern dance visionary who carved out space for Black performers and Black stories in 1950s New York City. Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s look back at the legendary 1969 concert events in Harlem that came to be known as Black Woodstock. Jazz musician–turned-filmmaker Chris Bowers’ efforts to track his family’s lineage from Jim Crow Florida to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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Sundance ’21 Goes Beyond Film

PARK CITY, UTAH — The lineup for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, taking place on a Sundance-built and feature-rich online platform, goes well beyond feature and short films, episodic work and the VR/XR of New Frontier — it also encompasses a curated program of free special events, conversations and activations available to the global public. These Talks & Events, presented on the Sundance platform, include our new Opening Ceremony, Sundance Dailies, and The Big Conversation series, trademark gatherings at Cinema Café and the Power of Story, Awards Night and the concluding It’s a Wrap session. Additional partner programming will take place in a bustling digital Festival Village, which includes Main Street, Satellite Screens, and the Artist Lounge.

4 Indigenous-Made Films Premiering at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

Following Founder and President Robert Redford’s original vision, the Sundance Institute has remained committed to supporting Indigenous artists throughout the Institute’s history. This has established a rich legacy of work and has supported more than 350 filmmakers through labs, grants, mentorships, public programs, and the platform of the Sundance Film Festival. The Institute’s Indigenous Program has a global focus and through its work strengthens Indigenous Cinema.

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2021 Sundance Film Festival Announces Additional Films

Park City, UT — The nonprofit Sundance Institute today adds two more world premiere feature films to the 2021 Sundance Film Festival lineup. The 2021 Festival will take place digitally via a feature-rich, Sundance-built online platform and in person on Satellite Screens across the country (public health permitting) from January 28-February 3, 2021. Tickets for these additions are now on sale at festival.