The Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the United States, hosted annually by the Sundance Institute. Held every January in Utah, the festival is the ultimate gathering for filmmakers, storytellers and audiences looking to showcase and experience unique voices and new perspectives. The program includes competitive categories where the films are considered for awards, as well as out-of-competition sections where new films are showcased. The categories, with dramatic and documentary films, both of feature length and short films, include the crème de la crème of new work from filmmakers.
The festival also hosts off-screen events like panel discussions, conversations with filmmakers, and live music events. Sundance Film Festival has helped multiple films not only gain critical recognition and acclaim, but also reach larger audiences globally. The 2020 Sundance Film Festival took place from January 23rd to February 2nd, 2020.
Grand Jury Prizes
- U.S. Dramatic – Minari (Lee Isaac Chung)
- U.S. Documentary – Boys State (Jesse Moss)
- World Cinema Dramatic – Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness (Massoud Bakhshi)
- World Cinema Documentary – Epicentro (Hubert Sauper)
- Short Film – So What if the Goats Die (Sofia Alaoui)
- U.S. Dramatic – Minari (Lee Isaac Chung)
- U.S. Documentary – Crip Camp (Jim LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham)
- World Cinema Dramatic – Identifying Features (Fernanda Valadez)
- World Cinema Documentary – The Reason I Jump (Jerry Rothwell)
- NEXT – I Carry You With Me (Heidi Ewing)
- U.S. Dramatic – Radha Blank for The 40-Year-Old Version
- U.S. Documentary – Garrett Bradley for Time
- World Cinema Dramatic – Maïmouna Doucouré for Cuties
- World Cinema Documentary – Iryna Tsilyk for The Earth Is Blue as an Orange
- NEXT Innovator Prize – Heidi Ewing for I Carry You With Me
Special Jury Award
- U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast – The cast of Charm City Kings
- U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award: Auteur Filmmaking – Josephine Decker for Shirley
- U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award: Neo-Realism – Eliza Hittman for Never Rarely Sometimes Always
- U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing – Tyler H. Walk for Welcome to Chechnya
- U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Innovation in Non-fiction Storytelling – Kirsten Johnson for Dick Johnson Is Dead
- U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Emerging Filmmaker – Arthur Jones for Feels Good Man
- U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking – Eli Despres, Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg for The Fight
- World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting – Ben Whishaw for Surge
- World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Visionary Filmmaking – Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese for This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection
- World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Best Screenplay – Astrid Rondero and Fernanda Valadez for Identifying Features
- World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Creative Storytelling – Benjamin Ree for The Painter and the Thief
- World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography – Radu Ciorniciuc and Mircea Topoleanu for Acasa, My Home
- World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing – Mila Aung-Thwin, Ryan Mullins and Sam Soko for Softie
- Short Film Special Jury Award for Directing – Michael Arcos, Valerio’s Day Out
- Short Film Special Jury Award for Acting – Sadaf Asgari, Exam
- Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award – Edson Oda for Nine Days
Short Film Jury Award
- Short Film Jury Award: Animation – Daughter
- Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction – The Devil’s Harmony
- Short Film Jury Award: Nonfiction – John Was Trying to Contact Aliens
- Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction – -Ship: A Visual Poem
NEXT Innovator Award
I Carry You with Me (Heidi Ewing)
Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize
Tesla (Michael Almereyda)
The Sundance Film Festival has a code of conduct that all patrons – credentialed or ticketed - are expected to adhere to. It is committed to ensuring an environment where unique voices and creativity are celebrated - one free of discrimination, harassment, sexism, disrespectful actions and threatening behaviour. Engagement in such conduct can lead to revoking of credentials or access to the events and venues in the Festival, without notice or refund. In this effort, Sundance Film Festival has partnered with the attorney general’s office in Utah to make available a 24-hour live hotline at (801) 834-1944. This hotline will be open during the Festival for anyone involved in or witnessing a violation of this code of conduct.
Ticket and pass holders must be in line at least 15 minutes prior to the film's start time, to guarantee admittance.
- Do not use cameras or other recording equipment during screenings.
- Any personal belongings or other items left behind may be disposed of. Patrons must remember to take their belongings or litter with them before they exit.
- The Sundance Film Festival reserves the right to search any patron’s personal belongings inside or around the theatre premises.
- All cell phones and electronic devices must be turned off once inside the theatre, before the film’s introduction.
- Babies - in strollers or carried - and pets – excepting service animals - are not allowed in theatres.
The theatres at the Sundance Film Festival are outfitted with the best sound systems (Dolby Digital Sound) and projectors (Barco D-Cinema projectors), to enhance the cinematic experience and ensure the filmmakers vision shines through. A variety of services, activities and programs are also made available o Festival credential holders in the official Sundance Film Festival venues.
Park City Theatres
- Eccles Theatre1750 Kearns Blvd.
- Egyptian Theatre 328 Main St.
- Holiday Village Cinemas 1776 Park Ave.
- Library Center Theatre 1255 Park Ave.
- The MARC Theatre 1200 Little Kate Rd.
- Park Avenue Theatre DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Park City, 1800 Park Ave.
- Prospector Square Theatre 2175 Sidewinder Dr.
- The Ray Theatre 1768 Park Ave.
- Redstone Cinemas 6030 Market St.
- Temple Theatre 3700 N. Brookside Ct.
Salt Lake City Theatres
- Broadway Centre Cinemas 111 E. Broadway
- Grand Theatre Salt Lake Community College, 1575 S. State St.
- Rose Wagner Center 138 West 300 South
- Salt Lake City Library Theatre 210 East 400 South
- Tower Theatre 876 East 900 South
- Sundance Mountain Resort Sundance Mountain Resort Screening Room 8841 Alpine Loop Scenic Byway
Festival Venues in Park City
- Basin Recreation Fieldhouse Kimball Junction 1388 Center Dr., Park City
- Festival Headquarters Sheraton Park City 1895 Sidewinder Dr., Park City
- Filmmaker Lodge Elks Building 550 Main St. (2nd floor), Park City
- Kimball Art Center 1401rns Blvd., Park City
- New Frontier at The Ray 1768 Park Ave., Park City
- The Box at The Ray 1768 Park Ave., Park City
- New Frontier Central 950 Iron Horse Dr., Park City
- The Shop Located just south of the Library Center Theatre 1167 Woodside Ave., Park City
- Sundance ASCAP Music Café 751in St., Park City
- Sundance Film Festival Sober Space
- DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Park City
- 1800 Park Ave. (2nd floor)
Festival Venues in Salt Lake City
- Festival Lounge at Copper Common 111 Broadway
- Festival Lounge at East Liberty Tap House 850 East 900 South
- The Queer Lounge at the Daily 222 Main St., Ste. 140
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