Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, the Sundance Film Festival is organized by the Sundance Institute, a non-profit organization that actively advances the work of independent storytellers in film.Each year, the Sundance Film Festival highlights new trends in independent filmmaking and introduces emerging filmmakers and artists.

The Sundance Film Festival selects around 120 feature films, 70 short films, 12 episodic projects, and 25 New Frontier performance and exhibition projects to play within its Festival programs.


  • World Cinema Dramatic Competition: a selection of new films from emerging filmmakers. Must be World or International premiers.
  • World Cinema Documentary Competition: a selection of new films from visionary documentary filmmakers. Must be World or International premieres.
  • Premieres (fiction/documentaries): a selection of world premieres from established American and international directors.
  • Spotlight (narratives): a tribute to impressive films that have screened on the festival circuit.
  • Park City at Midnight: an eclectic mix of horror, sci-fi, over-the-top-comedies, surreal tales, and bizarre stories that defy categorization.
  • New Frontier: celebrates experimentation and the convergence of film, art, and new media technology as an emerging hotbed for cinematic innovation.
  • Kids: dedicated to a family audience.