Mar 6, 2024 - News

Sundance to launch new film festival in Mexico City

Downtown Mexico City.

The Angel of Independence monument on Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. Photo: Cesar Rodriguez/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Sundance Institute and a Mexican theater chain are launching a new film festival in Mexico City.

The big picture: This is the institute's first film festival in Mexico after expanding internationally in London and Taipei, Taiwan.

  • Screenings will be held at Cinépolis Diana and Cinépolis Miyana.

Between the lines: The 2024 festival in Park City featured multiple Latino-centric films, including "Sujo," "Frida," and "In the Summers," which won the Grand Jury prize for dramatic film.

  • The program will include a selection of movies featured in January.

What they're saying: "The Sundance Institute and festival have such a rich history showcasing and supporting artists and their work from Mexico and across Latin America," said Eugene Hernandez, director of the Sundance Film Festival and public programming, in a statement.

The bottom line: Over the years, Mexican filmmakers — Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro González Iñarritu — have dominated the awards circuit, making Mexico City an ideal home for an independent film festival.

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