Chicago to Host Sundance Institute Film Weekend in June 2024

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This summer, Chicago partners with the Sundance Institute to host "Sundance Institute x Chicago 2024" from June 28-30, featuring film screenings and artist programs. This unique event aims to celebrate and bolster Chicago's film scene and provide a platform for local talent.
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Chicago, in partnership with the Sundance Institute, announced a new film event, Sundance Institute x Chicago 2024, scheduled for June 28-30. This collaboration aims to showcase independent films and support local filmmakers through screenings, artist programs, and panel discussions across the city.

Mayor Brandon Johnson highlighted the event's significance for Chicago's cultural and filmmaking landscape, emphasizing the opportunities it creates for local artists. Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, the Sundance Institute is renowned for its support of independent filmmaking. This event will bring Sundance's ethos of creative independence to Chicago, celebrating the city's contributions to the independent film sector.

Eugene Hernandez, Sundance Institute's Festival Director, expressed enthusiasm for connecting more deeply with Chicago's unique film community. The program includes screenings of four films from the January 2024 Sundance Film Festival, a short film program, masterclasses for emerging filmmakers, and panel discussions hosted by the Chicago Cultural Center among other venues.

Rich Gamble of Choose Chicago and Jonah Zeiger from the Chicago Film Office spoke about the importance of this partnership in supporting the arts and fostering a diverse range of voices in filmmaking. The event aims to further integrate Chicago into the global independent film conversation, aligning Sundance's mission with the city's vibrant film community.

Karen Cardarelli from the Chicago Alliance Film Festival expressed excitement about the opportunity to inspire local audiences through this collaboration. Sundance Institute x Chicago 2024 adds to Chicago's rich calendar of film events, positioning the city as a central figure in independent cinema.

This announcement follows the news that Chicago will also host the Independent Film Exhibition Conference (IND/EX) and several other major film and cultural events, highlighting Chicago's growing prominence in the independent film industry. For more information on Sundance Institute x Chicago 2024, including updates on venues and ticket sales, visit