May 28, 2022

The Sundance Film Festival is an American national independent film festival. Held in Park City, Utah (USA) at the end of January each year.


The film festival is organized by the Sundance Institute, which was founded in 1981 by actor Robert Redford and a group of his friends and associates to create conditions for the formation of independent American cinema. The film festival is named after R. Redford's character in the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The Sundance Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering, developing and supporting independent film and theater artists from around the world and presenting their new work to the public. In the spring of 1981, ten aspiring filmmakers were invited to the first Sundance Film Festival, where they met in the Institute's creative labs with leading writers and directors who helped independent screenwriters and filmmakers write, shoot, and compose footage. In 1984, the decision was made to expand the activities of the Institute, and since then, the programs of the Sundance Institute have included programs for the development of theatrical arts. Now Sundance includes youth programs, interactive exhibitions and music concerts. Robert Redford is currently President of the Sundance Institute. The Sundance Institute provides creative and hands-on workshops, such as film scores and theater productions, and provides financial support to independent artists through scholarships. The Institute maintains an independent film history archive, the Sundance Collection, located at the University of California, Los Angeles, for the purpose of preserving them. The Institute's program includes the annual Sundance Festival, which takes place in Park City, Utah, USA at the end of January of each year and is an international film market where distribution and distribution companies can purchase films for screening in the world's cinemas. Some films can be watched online at