Sundance Film Festival

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Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Institute on Tuesday (15) unveiled the programme for the inaugural Talent Forum that comprises projects from all stages of development, as well as a roster of special events that includes a keynote interview with Ryan Coogler.

From January 29-31, emerging talent from the Institute’s artist development Labs and Fellowships will present new work to industry attendees at the festival, alongside an artist-only schedule of keynotes, screenings, gatherings and seminars.

The Forum will welcome 47 filmmaking teams comprised of directors, writers, producers, and other creatives with work in the festival, 17 Fellows selected from Sundance Institute’s artist-development programmes, and 42 fiction, nonfiction, and emerging media projects at all stages of development, with a range of objectives from securing creative collaborators and financing partners to representation.

Talent Forum activities will take place at the Kimball Art Center in Park City and revolve around customised one-on-one meetings focused on an artist’s career development, or taking a project through development, packaging, financing, or distribution.

Special events include a Ryan Coogler keynote conversation, a workshop focusing on commercial and branded content for underrepresented independent filmmakers, a round table on creative marketing and distribution, and a live performance titled Little Ethiopia: Story Development as Live Performance.

“We’re eager to unfold this first edition and convene our vibrant community,” said Sundance Institute’s Anne Lai, Caroline Libresco and John Nein in a joint statement. “While the Institute continues to encourage artists to find their voices, it takes the dedicated support of our industry colleagues to carry those voices out into the world.”

Click here for the full list of inaugural Sundance Institute Talent Forum Fellows and projects.