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The 2022 Sundance Film Festival’s Visual Identity Takes Cues from the Convergence of Light and Life

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Like planets orbiting a star, moths drawn to a flame, or film lovers gravitating to a screen, life gathers around light. The 2022 Sundance Film Festival takes inspiration from our solar system’s biggest, most radiant source of light and life: the sun. We’re graphically representing our closest star as a point of, and inspiration for, convergence. Our Festival will shine the brightest of lights on independent artists and their powerful, culture-shifting work.

“As we complete one orbit around the brightest star and prepare to begin another,” reflects Festival director Tabitha Jackson, “let’s ask ourselves: What will be illuminated this coming year? What new possibilities will be revealed? How will this convergence change the nature of our trajectory in ways that we have not yet imagined?”


THE VISION

Rooted in our belief in the transformative power of independent artists, culturally, socially and politically when their work meets audiences, this year’s Festival represents a new convergence that will bring together the power of the in-person experience with the access and innovation of our digital experience that debuted in 2021. This isn’t two festivals — it’s one multidimensional Festival where filmmakers and film lovers from around the world will come together to celebrate independent voices and visions. 

THE COLLABORATION

This identity is the outcome of a close collaboration between the Sundance Institute, DeeDee Gordon of The Gordon Co., and The School of Visual Arts Masters in Branding Program, where the program class and six program alumni worked together under the guidance  of their professors Mark Kingsley and Dr. Tom Guarriello, alongside Gordon and our former creative director, Luis F. Farfán. This collaboration shows the nonprofit Institute’s commitment to supporting artists in all disciplines, and is a joint partnership between two institutions dedicated to fostering and promoting forward-thinking ideas in the visual arts.

THE COLOR THEORY

The color theory for the 2022 Festival is inspired by our Park City home — a vibrant landscape that shapes the in-person (aka on-the-mountain) experience, and whose colors will inspire vibrant online connections.

THE WORDMARK

The new Festival logo takes inspiration from the sun as a point of convergence. Its light is a beacon. Our Festival is an invitation for all to join us.

THE ICONS

Our icons are timeless hieroglyphical compositions that represent the sun, its movements, and its radiance. The relationships between the forms reflect a sense of our star’s relationship to, and convergence with, other celestial objects and phenomena. The graphics are a nod to the earliest forms of storytelling and communication, and a complement to the calligraphic typeface that anchors our wordmark.

THE APPLICATIONS

Our icons, colors, and typography combine to create a range of applications, products, and experiences that feel vibrant and diverse, while maintaining an overall visual consistency and impact.

THE MERCH

Unapologetically bold. Unrelentingly independent. When designing merch for the 2022 Festival, we weren’t looking for pieces that would help you blend in with the crowd. This year’s vibrant, warm color-ways and bold motifs were designed with adventurous audiences in mind. (PS: Our merch store is officially open for business this week, so it’s time to start building your Festival fits.)

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