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.


February 27


Spotlight Event: Creating Magic in Cinema with Mira Nair

Mira Nair rose to fame with her Academy Award nominated first feature, Salaam Bombay! Since then, she has created groundbreaking, cross-cultural films including Mississippi Masala, which premiered at Sundance in 1992 and screened again as part of the 40th anniversary program, and Monsoon Wedding, a huge box-office success for which Nair was the first woman to win Venice Film Festival’s prestigious Golden Lion. 

For this Spotlight Event, Nair will discuss working with actors, finding magic on set, and working internationally.

March 6


Advisor Studio: A Director’s Guide Through Pre-Production with Robert Mandel

As a director, prepping your film can be just as daunting as making it. Pre-production takes time, a focused schedule, an experienced producer and the right team to get everything in place. And once you have the team, you want to ensure that you all share the same creative and story vision.

In this Advisor Studio, director Robert Mandel will discuss how to effectively communicate with your team – from the casting director to the stunt coordinator. You will also walk away with the tools to be a better leader, and to ensure that the first day you walk onto set will be a harmonious, collaborative experience.

March 20


Master Class: Building and Sustaining Your Career as a Writer and Director with Kasi Lemmons

In this live and interactive Master Class with award-winning filmmaker and actor, Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s BayouTalk to Me, Black Nativity, Harriet, Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody), we’ll discuss different types of pitches, what not to do, how to navigate set-backs, and general advice for building and sustaining a career as a writer and director.

You will also learn how to best identify and foster your creative voice in order to build a cohesive portfolio. Gleaning from Kasi’s own experience establishing a successful long-running career, this class will give you the tools you need to carve your own path in the film industry.



2023 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour Presented by Shutterstock

The 2023 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is an 90-minute theatrical program of seven short films curated from the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, including two Festival Award-winning titles.



Writers Café: Every Friday

Looking to add a bit of discipline to your writing schedule? Then join us for an hour of dedicated writing every Friday at 9 a.m. PT in our online Sundance Collab Writers’ Cafe.