Sundance Film Festival 2021
Sundance Film Festival 2021 Announces Screening Partnerships with Independent Cinemas and Cultural Organizations Across the US, Including Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum is proud to be a Sundance Film Festival Satellite Venue this year! We will be hosting four virtual conversations and panels covering a diversity of topics, and all will be sliding-scale, pay-what-you-can, $0-$25.
All Sundance Film Festival events hosted by NWFF will take place via Zoom and be subtitled.
Film screenings will be hosted via Sundance, with a discount code for Northwest Film Forum members. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your Sundance discount code as a member.
For full details on our partnership, please see our announcement.
Q: What's happening AT THE FORUM during Sundance?
A: Exciting workshops and regional panel discussions!
While we are a Satellite Screen of Sundance Film Festival, we will not be hosting any of their slate of films on our website. (Head to festival.sundance.org to purchase film tickets and festival passes when they go live!) We also will not be hosting any in-person events.
The festival events we plan to curate will be a series of new, online social and educational opportunities: discussion series, workshops, and talks. Read more here.
What else do you know?
As at past Sundance Film Festivals, films will premiere throughout the day, with Day One films set to debut Thursday, January 28, at 6 p.m. U.S. Mountain Time. During the 2021 Festival, each of the 70+ feature films will premiere online in a dedicated time slot, followed by a live Q&A. Multiple films will premiere simultaneously roughly every three hours from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. U.S. Mountain Time. This rollout is designed to preserve the energy of a Festival, with an abundance of choices and collective experiences, as audiences can begin the film simultaneously, and participate in the live Q&A which follows (viewers can also begin films any time within three hours of their premiere’s start). All films will return to the platform two days after their premiere for a “second screening,” offered on demand for 24 hours. The platform’s movie player is powered by Shift72 and developed with best-in-industry security and access practices. In a Festival first, the entire 70+-feature lineup on the platform will be closed-captioned on demand, and Q&As will be live-captioned.
The Short Film and Indie Series (formerly Indie Episodic) programs, focused on creative storytelling outside the feature format, will include 50 short films and world premieres of four episodic works. These will be available on demand on the Festival platform for the full length of the Festival.
Since its launch, the Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier has served as a showcase for dynamic, innovative work at the crossroads of film, art, and technology — and 2021 is no exception, with 14 works in the program. For the first time ever, adventurous audiences around the world will be given the chance to engage with the works, the artists, and each other via a bespoke virtual platform, accessible via computer and VR headsets. The New Frontier Gallery hosts the complete slate of live performances, AR, VR, and other emerging media works. Cinema House is the Festival’s fully immersive, big-screen theater, and Film Party is an interactive social space where the entire community of accredited Festivalgoers can safely gather together again. The environment also features interactive tools such as proximity audio and video chat.
Expanding beyond its Utah home, the Festival has created a network of partnerships to bring feature films and customized local programming — talks, events, artist meet-ups — to communities across the country. In addition to these Satellite Screen partnerships, the Institute will program screenings at The Ray in Park City and the Rose Bowl and Mission Tiki Drive-Ins in Los Angeles, health and safety guidelines permitting. Each Satellite Screen will create and host their own events, sharing local cultural conversations with broader Festival audiences, with most also screening selections from the 2021 program.
“These partners are the backbone of independent artistic communities across the country, where filmmakers are born and cinephiles are developed,” said Jackson. “We’re entering these partnerships because a healthy ecosystem for artists and audiences requires that independent cinemas across the country survive and thrive.”
Programming details for films at these screens will be available when the program is announced later this month, and these plans will evolve in conjunction with the COVID-19 pandemic health and safety guidelines.
- Birmingham with Sidewalk Film Festival
Sidewalk Film Center, Sidewalk Drive-In
- Tucson with The Loft Cinema
The Loft Open Air Cinema
- Montclair with American Cinematheque
Mission Tiki Drive-In
- Pasadena with the Rose Bowl
Rose Bowl Drive-In
- San Francisco with The Roxie Theater
Roxie Theater, Fort Mason Drive-In
- Denver with Denver Film
- Key West with Tropic Cinema
Tropic Cinema, The Key West Lighthouse, The Truman Little White House, The Ernest Hemingway House and Museum
- Miami with Third Horizon and O Cinema
New World Symphony SoundScape Park and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
- Atlanta with Atlanta Film Society
The Plaza Theater, Plaza Drive-In, Dad’s Garage Drive-In
- Macon with Macon Film Festival
- Honolulu with Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA)
- Iowa City with FilmScene
FilmScene at The Chauncey
- Wichita with mama.film
mama.film microcinema, Wichita Art Museum, Groover Labs
- Louisville with The Speed Art Museum
Speed Art Museum
- New Orleans with New Orleans Film Society
The Broad Theater
- Baltimore with Maryland Film Festival
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theater
- Brookline with Coolidge Corner Theatre
Coolidge Corner Theatre
- Detroit with Cinema Detroit
- Minneapolis-St. Paul with FilmNorth
- Pleasantville with The Jacob Burns Film Center
Jacob Burns Film Center & Media Arts Lab
- Columbus with Gateway Film Center
Gateway Film Center
- Tulsa with Circle Cinema
Circle Cinema, Circle Cinema Drive-In, Admiral Twin Drive-In, Philbrook Museum, OSU-Tulsa, Tulsa University, Gilcrease Museum
- Philadelphia with BlackStar Film Festival
- San Juan with Asociación de Documentalistas de Puerto Rico (AdocPR)
Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR)
- Columbia with The Luminal Theater
Spotlight Cinemas Capitol 8
- Memphis with Indie Memphis
Malco Summer Drive-In
- Nashville with Belcourt Theatre
- Austin with Austin Film Society
- Dallas with Aviation Cinemas
- Houston with Houston Cinema Arts Society
MoonStruck Drive-In, DeLUXE Theater
- Park City
- Salt Lake City with Salt Lake Film Society
- Seattle with Northwest Film Forum
One of the fundamental values of the Festival is gathering: it’s a place where a global community of independent artists can convene for a generative and open exchange of ideas. This year, that will take place on the platform’s Festival Village, a free-to-all space where Satellite Screens, partners, and Festival sponsors will host a wide range of events, programming, and offerings to complement and enrich the official program. The platform’s Main Street will act as both an homage to the iconic Park City thoroughfare and as an extension of the Festival’s core programming, featuring digital partner spaces hosting conversations, musical performances, and more. The Artist Lounge will feature a space for creators to gather for artist programming, as well as for the Festival’s Class of ’21 to network and celebrate at private events.
Tickets and passes for those who want to experience the Festival for the full run, a single day, or a single screening will be available to the general public beginning January 7. For more information, sign up at festival.sundance.org.
The Sundance Film Festival has introduced global audiences to some of the most groundbreaking films of the past three decades, including Clemency, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Zola, On the Record, Boys State, The Farewell, Honeyland, One Child Nation, The Souvenir, The Infiltrators, Sorry to Bother You, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Hereditary, Call Me By Your Name, Get Out, The Big Sick, Mudbound, Fruitvale Station, Whiplash, Brooklyn, Precious, The Cove, Little Miss Sunshine, An Inconvenient Truth, Napoleon Dynamite, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Reservoir Dogs, and sex, lies, and videotape. The Festival is a program of the non-profit Sundance Institute.
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