Sundance Institute Events

The nonprofit Sundance Institute hosts screenings and events year-round throughout the United States, as well as abroad and online, to celebrate independent storytelling, help artists refine their craft, and reach new audiences. See what’s coming up and RSVP today.


June 14


Creative Approaches to Editing with Carla Gutierrez and David Teague (FRIDA) | Presented by Adobe

Emmy-nominated editor Carla Gutierrez made her directorial debut with Frida. The documentary, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2024 and won the Jonathan Oppenheim Editing Award, is an intimately raw and magical journey through the life, mind, and heart of iconic artist Frida Kahlo. Gutierrez and Emmy-winning supervising editor David Teague will discuss their collaborative process in the editing room, using Adobe’s tools to create their vision, and working with their team of sound designers, musicians, and animators to achieve their revolutionary portrait of the artist.

June 18


Master Class: Creating a Successful Limited Series with Ron Nyswaner

In this live and interactive three hour Master Class with award-winning writer and producer, Ron Nyswaner (Fellow Travelers, Murder on Middle Beach, Philadelphia, My Policeman, The Painted Veil), you will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the limited series, using the critically-acclaimed Showtime series, Fellow Travelers, and the HBO true-crime drama, Murder on Middle Beach (Directed by Madison Hamburg, Executive Produced by Neda Armian and Ron Nyswaner), as case studies.

June 25


Advisor Studio: Unleashing the Power of Performance with Kelly O’Sullivan and Alex Thompson, Directors of Sundance Film Festival Hit Ghostlight

Join filmmakers Kelly O’Sullivan and Alex Thompson for an inspired conversation about the making of their second feature, Ghostlight, which premiered to critical and audience acclaim at our recent Sundance Film Festival. 

In this Advisor Studio, O’Sullivan and Thompson will discuss casting a real life family, working with a theater ensemble, the importance of emotional renewal through art, and working together as multi-hyphenates. Ghostlight will be released nationwide in the U.S. on June 14, 2024.

June 28–30


Sundance Institute x Chicago 2024

Choose Chicago and the Chicago Film Office, in partnership with the Sundance Institute, will present the first annual Sundance Institute x Chicago 2024 this summer. Taking place June 28–30, Sundance Institute x Chicago 2024 will feature artists programs, film screenings and events across the city. 

July 12


Spotlight Event: Jeff Nichols on The Bikeriders

Jeff Nichols’ new film, The Bikeriders, premiered to critical acclaim as the opening film of the 50th Telluride Film Festival and will be released in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2024. For this Spotlight Event, Nichols will discuss his approach to writing and directing, fostering long-term collaborations with actors, regional filmmaking, and working with distinct types of intellectual property.

July 17-21


Sundance Film Festival: Local Lens

Festival favorites. Free for Utahns. Join us July 17–21 for nine free indoor and outdoor screenings of favorites from previous Sundance Film Festivals. Don’t miss these exciting five days in Utah, including an event for local artists, film intros and Q&As from artists in attendance, partner screenings, and more.

July 24


Toward Trans Possibilities: Transgender Storytelling with Zackary Drucker and River Gallo

In the 10 years since TIME Magazine declared the Transgender Tipping Point, trans visibility and anti-trans violence have simultaneously proliferated, creating a unique paradox for trans people. Concluding the Trans Possibilities Intensive, and moderated by Trans Possibilities Intensive Founder, Moi Santos, this exclusive conversation with esteemed filmmakers Zackary Drucker (The Stroll) and River Gallo (Ponyboi) reflects on the possibilities that can emerge from authentic trans storytelling.

August 21–25

Taipei, Taiwan

2024 Sundance Film Festival Asia

Sundance Institute and G2Go Entertainment officially announced the return of the 2024 edition of Sundance Film Festival Asia in Taipei, Taiwan this August 21–25, 2024. Submissions are now open for Sundance Film Festival Asia’s annual Short Film Competition for Taiwanese filmmakers, providing a unique opportunity for emerging local talent to elevate their films on an international platform. Submissions are now open through to May 31, 2024.



Writers Café: Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Looking to add a bit of discipline to your writing schedule? Then join us up to three times a week for dedicated writing time in our online Writers Café. It’s the perfect time to meet others who are working on their projects or simply to exercise your creative muscles. We’ll provide a mix of writing prompts, resources and suggested activities to spark your imagination and help you make progress on your work.