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Director, Sundance Film Festival

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Department: Sundance Film Festival


Sundance Institute, the non-profit organization behind the annual Sundance Film Festival, works globally and year-round to support and advance the work of independent artists in film, media, and theater through a wide array of programs.  

Sundance Institute hires people who believe in our mission and are ready to engage in a fast-paced, high performing culture to support each other and the goals of our organization. If you know very little of our array of programs we strongly recommend that you do your research and ensure you feel passionate about our organization’s not-for-profit mission before applying.



Every winter in Utah, the Sundance Film Festival is the ultimate gathering of original storytellers and audiences seeking new voices and fresh perspectives. Our annual program includes dramatic and documentary features and short films; series and episodic content; and New Frontier, showcasing emerging media in the form of multimedia installations, performances, and films. We also host daily filmmaker conversations, panel discussions, and live music events. Since 1985, hundreds of films that have launched at the Festival have gained critical recognition and acclaim, reaching new audiences worldwide. 



As a highly visible member of Sundance Institute’s senior leadership team, the Director, Sundance Film Festival is responsible for molding the artistic integrity and organizational excellence of the annual Sundance Film Festival. The Director develops and oversees festival programming while working collaboratively with strategic partners and internal cross-functioning teams to present a successful festival event.  The Director cultivates artists and industry to secure the most exciting projects for the program and to build long term relationships.  


The Director oversees extensive public programming activities to advance original storytellers and develop audience engagement programs that seek new voices and fresh perspectives. The Director will act as a spokesperson, conducting media interviews, emceeing special events, and representing the Institute at donor and industry events. 


What You Need To Succeed In This Job

  • Extensive knowledge of all film genres, with 10 years of film programming experience. 

  • Outstanding leadership and management qualities and skills which will allow you to lead and develop an exceptional team. 

  • Creative thinker with a deep knowledge of film, artists, and the film industry. 

  • Established relationships with emerging and established domestic and international filmmakers and film industries.

  • Experience and demonstrated ability to flourish in a hands-on, highly collaborative, growth environment populated with millennial demographic employees. 

  • Demonstrated ability to strategize, set, and meet goals.

  • A genuine passion for and excitement about Sundance Institute’s not-for-profit mission, and a culture defined by collaboration, curiosity, and creativity.

  • Commitment to collaborative, team-driven work.

  • Well-developed communication and presentation skills in order to articulate a creative vision that effectively promotes the Institute’s diverse efforts and is clear and inspiring to internal and external stakeholders.

  • An engaging, open and accessible communication style and behavior which demonstrates a dedication to teamwork and transparency.

  • Presence, credibility, and stature to generate respect, trust and a positive image for the organization.

  • Highest levels of personal and professional integrity and ethics, and unquestioned integrity in your initiatives.


The Main Goals You Will Be Focused On 

  • To lead ongoing program design, strategy, evaluation, and planning of the Sundance Film Festival and other public programs from the development phase to the audience’s engagement.

  • To lead the selection process and curation for the Sundance Film Festival, Sundance London and Sundance Hong Kong.

  • To prioritize the inclusion of a wide range of voices and perspectives in hiring and curatorial decision-making.    

  • Cultivating artists and industry film communities to create a rich and supportive network and to stay at the leading edge of key business and creative trends.  

  • Collaborate with Marketing and Communications to develop Festival key messages,  review programming-related materials (print and digital), and advise on content to be captured. 

  • To proactively lead staff to continually improve processes, procedures, and services to support artists creatively and tactically. 

  • To proactively design and execute concepts for new programs while being highly collaborative and transparent with the Executive Director, Institute programs, and operational teams.

  • To serve and be an active and dedicated member of the Institute’s Senior Leadership Team, which is charged with organizational strategy, management, and planning.




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