Sundance Film Festival CDMX 2024 kicks off today at Cinépolis

Sundance Film Festival CDMX 2024 kicks-off today with screenings in 5 theaters in Mexico City and the opening-night film, FRIDA, directed by Carla Gutiérrez

During the Festival, 12 feature films and the Mexican Shorts Program will be screened, along with 8 Q&A sessions and 2 panels featuring directors and producers of the films.

Mexico City, April 25th, 2024 Cinépolis, the leading cinema exhibition company in Mexico and Latin America, and the Sundance Institute, the nonprofit organization behind the world-famous Sundance Film Festival whose year-round work is dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences, inaugurated the Sundance Film Festival CDMX 2024 at Cinépolis VIP Miyana, with a press conference featuring Eugene Hernández, Director of the Sundance Film Festival and Public Programming, Kim Yutani, Director of Sundance Programming, Alejandro Ramírez, CEO of Cinépolis, Miguel Rivera, Vice President of Global Programming and Content at Cinépolis, and filmmakers of the films selected for this first edition.

The Sundance Film Festival has always been a meaningful gathering of storytellers and audiences to discover original voices, ignite captivating dialogue, and build a community dedicated to independent cinema,” said Eugene Hernandez, Director, Sundance Film Festival and Public Programming.To be able to bring that shared experience to Mexico City is an honor for us. We invite you to join us starting today as we launch Sundance Film Festival CDMX with a dynamic and entertaining program filled with films, panels, and more.”

The inaugural conference presented all the details about the screenings with Q&A sessions, to be moderated by Sundance Film Festival programmers, and the panels that will take place, in addition to the screenings of the 12 feature films and the Mexican Shorts Program. The talented filmmakers that traveled to Mexico City for Sundance Film Festival CDMX 2024 include: Dorottya Zurbó (Agent of Happiness), Carla Gutiérrez (Frida), Alejandra Vazquez and Samuel Osborn (Going Varsity in Mariachi), Juan Mejía and producer Daniela Alatorre (IGUALADA), Alessandra Lacorazza (In the Summers), Jeff Zimbalist and producer María Bukhonina (Skywalkers: A Love Story), Pedro Freira, (Malú), Caroline Lindy and lead actress Melissa Barrera; (Your Monster). From the Mexican Shorts Program the festival will count with the presence of, Gabriel Herrera (Al Motociclista no le Cabe la Felicidad en su Traje), Selma Cervantes (Chica de Fábrica), producer and cast member Paloma Petra (El Sueño Más Largo Que Recuerdo), and Gerardo Coello (Viaje de Negocios).

We can’t wait to celebrate the incredible works created by artists who are equally inspiring and visionary with audiences at the inaugural Sundance Film Festival CDMX,” commented Kim Yutani, Sundance Film Festival Director of Programming. “The Festival provides a place for cinema lovers to enthusiastically share in the energy and power of independent storytelling. We are looking forward to showcasing the wide range of films and conversations that have been specially curated for this exceptional occasion.”

The opening-night screening of Sundance Film Festival CDMX 2024 features the documentary Frida, directed by Carla Gutiérrez, winner of the Jonathan Oppenheim Editing Award at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival; a powerful documentary capturing the life and legacy of the iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

During the festival, there will be eight Q&A sessions with the directors of: Agent of Happiness, Frida, Going Varsity in Mariachi, IGUALADA, In the Summers, Malú, Skywalkers: A Love Story, Your Monster, and the Mexican Shorts Program.  For more details on the Q&A sessions please visit or the Cinépolis app. Additionally, there will be two compelling panels that will feature conversations where audiences can hear from the filmmakers who have films featured in the festival. The panels presented by MUBI, are free of charge, and will take place at Cinépolis Diana.

The Sundance Film Festival CDMX 2024 marks a milestone in celebrating independent cinema in our city, becoming a space where stories come to life and emerging voices find their echo. We are thrilled to open our doors to the creativity, diversity, and innovation that this festival brings.shared Alejandro Ramírez, CEO of Cinépolis. “Through screenings, activities, and encounters with directors, we aim to foster a vibrant dialogue and connection between filmmakers’ creative visions and the heart of the audience, inspiring new perspectives and celebrating the transformative power of cinema.”

The two panels, taking place on April 26th and 27th at Cinépolis Diana, will provide space for an enriching conversation with guest filmmakers, allowing audiences to learn more about their creative process and experience in the film industry:

  1.  De México a Utah: El Camino de SUJO (Friday, April 26th, at 5:00 PM):

Drawing on their experiences at the Sundance Story Lab in Morelia, the audience will hear from directors Astrid Rondera and Fernanda Valadez in conversation with Sundance Institute board of trustee member, actor and director, Amy Redford as they unpack their experiences developing and making SUJO, their feature which went on to win the Grand Jury Prize: World Dramatic at 2024 Sundance Film Festival. Presented in collaboration with Sundance Collab (, Sundance Institute’s digital space for artists to learn from experts and build a global filmmaking community.

  1. Navegando Nuestras Óperas Primas (Saturday, April 27th, at 11:00 AM):

Moderated by Sundance Film Festival Programmer and Manager, Ana Souza, the audience will join Alessandra Lacorazza (In the Summers), Caroline Lindy (Your Monster), and Pedro Freire (Malú), three filmmakers from our program, as they discuss their personal and creative journeys, the evolution of their debut films, how they collaborated with their actors and teams, and what inspired them to bring their vibrant stories to life.

To acquire free tickets for the panels, it is necessary to visit the Cinépolis Diana box office on the same day as the panel you wish to attend. Due to high demand and availability, access will be limited to 2 tickets per person.

The Sundance Film Festival CDMX 2024 offers a unique and enriching cinematic experience for film enthusiasts in Mexico City and beyond, with screenings at Cinépolis Diana, Cinépolis VIP Miyana, Cinépolis VIP Perisur, Cinépolis VIP Mítikah, and Cinépolis VIP Satélite. Don’t miss this celebration of diversity, innovation, and the transformative power of independent cinema

Get your tickets for Sundance Film Festival CDMX 2024 through the official Cinépolis website and its App, as well as at the box offices of Cinépolis Diana, Cinépolis VIP Miyana, Cinépolis VIP Perisur, Cinépolis VIP Mítikah, and Cinépolis VIP Satélite, for their respective screenings. Tickets are priced at $105 MXN for regular screenings and $210 MXN for VIP screenings.”

Click here to download the press kit. 

Experience independent cinema at its best at Cinépolis with the Sundance Film Festival CDMX 2024.



About Cinépolis

Cinépolis is a Mexican company founded in Morelia, Michoacán, more than 50 years ago, which operates in 18 countries throughout America, Asia, and Europe. Cinépolis is the global industry leader in terms of ticket sales and attendance per auditorium, as well as the world’s 3rd largest movie theatre circuit and the most important outside the United States. Cinépolis is the world’s largest luxury cinema exhibitor and one of the cinema chains with the most laser projectors in the entire industry.

With 890 cinemas and 6,823 digital movie theaters in total, Cinépolis employs more than 32 thousand collaborators. Cinépolis has introduced innovative concepts to the exhibition industry, such as the first multiplexes (Multicinemas®), the first concept of a luxury cinema (Cinépolis VIP®), the partnership with IMAX® turned into Cinépolis IMAX®, Macro XE® screens, 4DX® screens, and Sala Junior® screen.

Cinépolis remains at the forefront and has connected with different audiences through its brands Cinépolis +QUE CINE, Cinépolis Distribución, and Sala de Arte Cinépolis. It has also contributed to Mexican society through the Cinépolis Foundation with its programs “Del Amor Nace la Vista,” “Ruta Cinépolis” and “Vamos Todos a Cinépolis.” 

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As a champion and curator of independent stories, the nonprofit Sundance Institute provides and preserves the space for artists across storytelling media to create and thrive. Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, the Institute’s signature labs, granting, and mentorship programs, dedicated to developing new work, take place throughout the year in the U.S. and internationally. Sundance Collab, a digital community platform, brings a global cohort of working artists together to learn from Sundance advisors and connect with each other in a creative space, developing and sharing works in progress. The Sundance Film Festival and other public programs connect audiences and artists to ignite new ideas, discover original voices, and build a community dedicated to independent storytelling. Through the Sundance Institute artist programs, we have supported such projects as Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Big Sick, Bottle Rocket, Boys Don’t Cry, Boys State, Call Me by Your Name, Clemency, CODA, Drunktown’s Finest, The Farewell, Fire of Love, Flee, The Forty-Year-Old Version, Fruitvale Station, Get Out, Half Nelson, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Hereditary, Honeyland, The Infiltrators, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Little Woods, Love & Basketball, Me and You and Everyone We Know, Mudbound, Nanny, Navalny, O.J.: Made in America, One Child Nation, Pariah, Raising Victor Vargas, Requiem for a Dream, Reservoir Dogs, RBG, Sin Nombre, Sorry to Bother You, The Souvenir, Strong Island, Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), Swiss Army Man, Sydney, A Thousand and One, Top of the Lake, Walking and Talking, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, and Zola. Through year-round artist programs, the Institute also nurtured the early careers of such artists as Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, Gregg Araki, Darren Aronofsky, Lisa Cholodenko, Ryan Coogler, Nia DaCosta, The Daniels, David Gordon Green, Miranda July, James Mangold, John Cameron Mitchell, Kimberly Peirce, Boots Riley, Ira Sachs, Quentin Tarantino, Taika Waititi, Lulu Wang, and Chloé Zhao.

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