Mar 27, 2024 - Culture

Sundance Film Festival is coming to Chicago in June

Black and white image of people looking out the window at Marina Towers, with one of them filming with a camera.

Photo courtesy of the City of Chicago.

The revered Sundance Film Festival is coming to Chicago this summer.

The big picture: Over its 40 years, the prestigious Utah-based festival has launched independent filmmakers by generating buzz for their films and giving them access to studio executives.

  • Bringing Sundance programming to Chicago "seemed like a natural fit and a way for Sundance to reach more people," plus it allows "Chicago's creative community and audiences to gain access to the leading organization in the field," Chicago Film Office head Jonah Zeiger said in a statement to Axios.

State of play: The Sundance Institute x Chicago 2024 event will take place June 28-30, Chicago's Cultural Affairs and Special Events Department (DCASE) and Choose Chicago announced Tuesday.

What to expect: Chicago premieres of films that screened at January's Sundance Film Festival in Park City, as well as Q&As with filmmakers.

  • There will also be opportunities for aspiring and underrepresented filmmakers to learn the process of getting their work made and in front of audiences.

Flashback: Robert Redford created the Sundance Institute in 1981 to give independent filmmakers a chance to develop their work with the guidance of established directors, writers and producers.

The intrigue: Gov. JB Pritzker traveled to California this week to sell Illinois to industry leaders as a great place to film movies and TV because of the state's tax credit.

What's next: DCASE says ticket info will come soon and there will also be free programming available.

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