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How to Fest: Off the Mountain

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It goes without saying: Even in an age governed by VOD and digital platforms, there is an inimitable quality to viewing film in its traditional setting. That is (if you forgot), the theater. So goes the Sundance Film Festival experience, which is equally challenging to recreate. Despite that realization, we continue to refine our coverage of the Fesitval with new tools and ambitious angles of reporting. Browse below to discover all of the ways you can stay up to speed with highlights from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.


For the first time ever, the Sundance Film Festival broadcasts a daily live show from Park City, Utah, showcasing unique stories on films, artists, and events beginning January 17 at 11 a.m. MT. Shira Lazar, host and co-founder of the award-winning What’s Trending; Casey Niestat, creator of the HBO series The Neistat Brothers; and Jimmy Conrad, host of YouTube’s KickTV share host duties throughout the week-long show aired on the Sundance Film Festival YouTube channelIn addition to Live@Sundance, join us for the Day One Press Conference, the Shorts Awards, and the Awards Ceremony hosted by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally.

Each show is interactive, so be sure to tweet questions to the hosts and guests using hashtags: #Sundance #live. Live@Sundance guests range from filmmakers Damien Chazelle and Cutter Hodierne, to actors Miles Teller and Tessa Thompson, and digital media artists Aaron Koblin and Doug Aitken. Check out the complete Live@Sundance schedule here

Social Media

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Guest Tweeters

For the 7th year in a row, @sundancefest features Guest Tweeters during the first weekend of the Festival. This year’s line-up includes:

1/16 @RoseMcGowan
1/17 @JennySlate
1/18 @GeorgeTakei
1/25 Jordan Vogt-Roberts (@VogtRoberts) and Awards Night host Nick Offerman (@Nick_Offerman)

Twitter Data Visualization

For the first-time in its history, the Sundance Film Festival has partnered with Twitter and developer Wayin to create a data visualization that measures and displays social conversation during the Festival. Beginning January 15, the #Sundance Spark will rank the ‘Top 10 Most Talked About’ films on Twitter, in real-time, and display those film stills and handles as well as volume of tweets per hour. Additionally, the #Sundance Spark will pull in tweets and Vines from the Sundance Film Festival, filmmakers, and press. This fully interactive visualization will live on the digital signage at the Festival, on sundance.org, and within the Sundance Film Festival mobile app.

Social Media Collaborators

@NowThisNews is creating daily Sundance Film Festival round-up video pieces for Instagram and Vine.

@Wired will cover #FreeFail on Monday, January 20, including a pre-Festival release of an exclusive Instagram video from artist Taryn Simon. @Wired also offers exclusive access to images from the Failure Day conference as well as images of select #NewFrontier artists and installations, to be rolled out on their Instagram account over the 10 days of the Festival.

Short Films On YouTube

Beginning January 16, Watch a selection of 15 short films premiering at the Festival on the Sundance Film Festival YouTube Channel.

Email Updates

Sign up to be an Insider and receive daily email updates from the Festival, including exclusive coverage of film premieres and profile stories on this year’s crop of filmmakers.


GoWatchIt allows users to search for movies across any platform to watch or save for later. If a film at this year’s Festival catches your interest and you want to be notified when it is available, visit GoWatchIt to do just that! Just register and choose how you’d like to be notified. If you’d like to track them in one easy step, follow the 2014 Sundance Film Festival channel on GoWatchit.

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Sundance Institute Piloting Direct Individual Support for Mediamakers Through the Sundance Institute | Humanities Sustainability Fellowship

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic upended life in general, and halted production and distribution for many creatives, the nonfiction field was plagued by issues of sustainability. For several years, sustainability has been an urgent and vigorous topic of study, debate, and organizing, as more and more filmmakers find it difficult, if not impossible, to make a living solely on the basis of their creative work. 

In Memoriam: Diane Weyermann (1955–2021)

A singular force within the documentary film world with a global reach, Diane Weyermann passed away at age 66 after battling cancer. Over the course of her 30-year career as a funder and an executive, her work elevated the documentary form and expanded its cultural impact.

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