Sundance Film Festival Schedule: Open Events and Venues

There is much to do during the Sundance Film Festival. Here is a list of schedules of open events from various sponsors and participants. Make sure to check back for updates. 

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 1:14PM


Festival Co-op

Location: 608 Main St

Friday, January 25–Friday, February 1, 2019 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 2, 2019  10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

The Festival Co-op is free and open to all Festival credential holders and the general public. 

Join us at the Festival Co-op on Main Street where you can visit with some of our Festival sponsors and participate in a variety of offerings and demonstrations.

Utah Film Commission

Utah Film Commission invites you to come experience the films and locations that make Utah, the Festival Host State, a favorite destination for filmmakers and outdoor exploration. Test your film knowledge, and get a limited-edition pin and postcard featuring Utah’s greatest silver-screen hits.



Location: Sundance TV HQ, 268 Main Street

Saturday, January 26, 2019


Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter Live: Actors

A group of well-known actors and actresses sit down with The Hollywood Reporter for a frank, 

in-depth conversation about their work, inspirations and latest projects at the Festival.



The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) will host the “Women Breaking Barriers: 

Where Are We Now?” panel discussion at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. The special panel 

will feature a Q&A with HFPA members Silvia Bizio and Elisabeth Sereda, Sundance Institute 

Executive Director Keri Putnam and guests Octavia Spencer, Annette Bening and Cassian Elwes with more panelists to be announced. The panel will take a look back at 2018 and discuss the progress and new challenges that have arisen for women in the entertainment industry over the last year.

Sunday, January 27, 2019


Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter Live: Indie Filmmakers

A candid discussion with The Hollywood Reporter and notable directors discussing their work at 

the Festival and beyond.


“Railroad Ties,” A Short Film by Sacha Jenkins 

Screening & Panel presented by Ancestry

A screening of the SundanceTV & Ancestry short film about descendants of the Underground 

Railroad. Screening followed by a panel discussion with renowned documentarian and 

Sundance Film Festival alum Sacha Jenkins, revered Harvard historian and PBS’s Finding Your 

Roots host Henry Louis Gates Jr., Ancestry historian Lisa Elzey, featured historian Melissa 

Collom, and featured descendant Gayle George.

Monday, January 28, 2019


“State of the Union” Panel (official selection of the Sundance Film Festival)

Series star Chris O’Dowd and writer Nick Hornby join Award-winning entertainment journalist

Stacey Wilson Hunt to discuss the upcoming SundanceTV short series which follows Louise and Tom (Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd) who meet in a pub immediately before their weekly 

marital therapy session. With each successive episode, we piece together how their lives were, 

what drew them together and what has started to pull them apart. Hornby explores the 

complexities of marriage with his inimitable honesty and humor.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019


From Idea to Deal: How Legal Challenges Cultivate Creativity

Directors, producers and legal experts interact with audience members in a discussion focusing 

on legal challenges encountered during the filmmaking process.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019


Spotlighting (In)Justice in America: The Power of Film to Drive Social Change

Hosted by Vera Institute of Justice

In its upcoming State Of Justice Reform 2018 digital report, the Vera Institute of Justice is honoring three feature films, Bedlam, Always in Season, and Clemency – all premiering at Sundance – on its list of justice-related films that reflect the growing movement to secure equal justice for all, improve conditions of confinement, and end the legacy of white supremacy that has led from Jim Crow to our current era of mass incarceration. Join three Sundance-selected filmmakers and the leading incubator and co-producer of documentary films, the Independent Television Service, as they discuss the social issues that inform their work, what spurred them to draw attention to that issue in the first place, and how they’ve found that their work aids movements for social change by driving conversations – both online through social media and in communities across America.