With a variety of guests and topics each day, panels invite audiences into the discussion on storytelling.

Power of Story

The Power of Story series looks to deepen public engagement with storytelling, explore cinema culture, and celebrate artists whose work propels the form.

Power of Story: Makers of the New Narrative Revolution

Saturday, January 26, 2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Power of Story: Pushing Boundaries

Thursday, January 31, 2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Cinema Café

Cinema Café revives the culture of conversation, offering audiences the opportunity to engage with an array of filmmakers and artists in an informal dialogue over coffee and treats. We are proud to present several Cinema Café discussions in collaboration with TimesTalks.

New Frontier Panels

New Frontier panels explore the technology and ideas pushing storytelling forward. Open to credential holders as space allows.

AI: I Love You

Sunday, January 27, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

The Second Coming of AR

Monday, January 28, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

THE BIODIGITAL CONTINUUM: Rebounding Digital Democracy

Tuesday, January 29, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Artistic Practice on the Bleeding Edge of Tech

Thursday, January 31, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Festival Panels

Festival panels take on compelling themes emerging from this year’s films and explore broader trends in contemporary independent cinema.

Can Art Save Democracy?

Saturday, January 26, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Democracy Hacked?

Sunday, January 27, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Reseeing the Present, Rewriting the Past

Monday, January 28, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

The New Storytellers

Tuesday, January 29, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Adventures in Indie Episodic

Wednesday, January 30, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Imagining the Independent Internet

Thursday, January 31, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Leaps of Faith

Friday, February 1, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Life Stories

Saturday, February 2, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Film Church

Sunday, February 3, 10:30 a.m.–noon

Partner Panels

Partner panels bring the latest and greatest from our sponsor community to audiences throughout the Festival.

The Wall Street Journal: Future of Story Tech

Friday, January 25, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Ryan Innes

Friday, January 25, 1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m.

To The Stars Panel, moderated by Deadline

Friday, January 25, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Storytelling Techniques from an Independent Filmmaker

Friday, January 25, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Nico Franc

Friday, January 25, 2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

What VR Can Learn from Theatre and Film

Friday, January 25, 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Explore the Wide World of Editing

Friday, January 25, 3:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Native Son Panel, moderated by Kevin Smith

Friday, January 25, 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Acura Hours

Friday, January 25, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

The Wall Street Journal: Future of Equality

Friday, January 25, 4:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Judah & the Lion

Friday, January 25, 7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Abilities Unlimited: The Real D in Diversity

Saturday, January 26, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter Live: Actors

Saturday, January 26, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Late Night Panel, moderated by Deadline

Saturday, January 26, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Jeff Carl

Saturday, January 26, 2:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

The Wall Street Journal: Future of Deals

Saturday, January 26, 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

James Droll

Saturday, January 26, 2:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Ears Close to the Ground: Emerging Trends in Synch

Saturday, January 26, 3:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m.

Capturing Cinematic VR in Space

Saturday, January 26, 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.


Saturday, January 26, 4:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Acura Hours

Saturday, January 26, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Stasney Mav

Saturday, January 26, 4:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Change Agents in the Anthropocene

Saturday, January 26, 5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Lord Helmet

Saturday, January 26, 5:15 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Spotlight on This Is Personal

Sunday, January 27, noon–1:00 p.m.

The Road to Decolonization

Sunday, January 27, noon–1:30 p.m.

Clemency Panel, moderated by Deadline

Sunday, January 27, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Mia Grace

Sunday, January 27, 2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

Samuel J

Sunday, January 27, 4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m.

Acura Hours

Sunday, January 27, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Slate’s Employee of the Month Live

Sunday, January 27, 4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Joshy Soul

Sunday, January 27, 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m..

Loyalty: Stories—Being Muslim in the Military

Monday, January 28, noon–1:30 p.m.

Them That Follow Panel, moderated by Deadline

Monday, January 28, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Postproduction for Indies—Quick Cuts and Fast Fixes

Monday, January 28, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

The New York Times: Op-Docs—“Traveling While Black” Premiere and Conversation

Monday, January 28, 3:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (Doors open 2:45 p.m.)

Acura Hours

Monday, January 28, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

DJ Dronricky

Monday, January 28, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

From Idea to Deal: How Legal Challenges Cultivate Creativity

Tuesday, January 29, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Acura Hours

Tuesday, January 29, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Kevin Federline

Tuesday, January 29, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Acura Hours

Wednesday, January 30, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Kevin Federline

Wednesday, January 30, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Connecting with Characters in a Virtual World

Thursday, January 31, 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Acura Hours

Thursday, January 31, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Kevin Federline

Thursday, January 31, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Creating the Documentary: Nonfiction Storytelling

Thursday, January 31, 4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.


Friday, February 1, 1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m.


Friday, February 1, 2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

Pinguin Mofex

Friday, February 1, 3:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m.

Acura Hours

Friday, February 1, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

The Strike

Friday, February 1, 4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m.

New Narratives in Our DNA

Friday, February 1, 4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Robert Loud

Saturday, February 2, 1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m.


Saturday, February 2, 2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

Ivory Layne

Saturday, February 2, 3:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m.

Acura Hours

Saturday, February 2, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

The Federal Empire

Saturday, February 2, 4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m.

Acura Lounge

Friday, January 25, noon–6:00 p.m.

Acura Lounge

Saturday, January 26, noon–6:00 p.m.

Acura Lounge

Friday, February 1, noon–6:00 p.m.

Acura Lounge

Saturday, February 2, noon–6:00 p.m.

Acura Lounge

Sunday, January 27, noon–6:00 p.m.

Acura Lounge

Monday, January 28, noon–6:00 p.m.

Acura Lounge

Thursday, January 31, noon–6:00 p.m.

Acura Lounge

Tuesday, January 29, noon–6:00 p.m.

Acura Lounge

Wednesday, January 30, noon–6:00 p.m.