The 2019 Sundance Film Festival is just two days away from kicking off, and as a result, a large base of the film community will descend upon snowy Park City, Utah, to watch movies, attend panels, and network with other industry talent. Now the Sundance Institute wants to make a greater effort to integrate its own into the mix. 

The Sundance Institute has introduced its Talent Forum, a "new event for creators and industry at the Festival, bringing together a slate of artists and projects across all stages of development." What this means is that Sundance alumni and current Lab and Fellowship fellows have been selected to participate in the 2019 forum (taking place during and at the festival), providing them with an opportunity to pitch new projects to industry members while being able to attend daily keynote conversations and seminars.

The three-day forum, taking place January 29th through January 31st, is meant to ensure that alumni of the Sundance Institute continue on with their career development and sustainability, so it's definitely worth learning more about what the organization does year-round and how you can get involved and participate. Special events will include:

  • Filmmaker Ryan Coogler in Conversation with New York Times Journalist Jenna Wortham
  • The Year that Was: Creative Freedom and the Golden Age of Non-Fiction Cinema (with Morgan Neville and more)
  • Roundtables & Workshops
  • Breaking In: Commercial and Branded Content Workshop for Underrepresented Independent Filmmakers
  • Breaking Down the Walls: How Intrepid Artists Are Reaching Audiences
  • Little Ethiopia: Story Development as Live Performance
  • Closing Night Party

In total, 42 projects by Sundance Institute alumni will be brought to the Talent Forum to seek everything from "creative collaborators to financing partners to representation."

If you're a Sundance program alumn, definitely keep the Talent Forum on your radar for 2020, as it seems like a great opportunity! And if you're not an alumni but would like to get involved, be sure to learn more about the Sundance Institute's various programs here

For more, see our ongoing list of coverage of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.


No Film School's podcast and editorial coverage of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival is sponsored by Blackmagic Design.