The Sundance Institute is teaming with entertainment and media tech company XRM Media to launch a version of the Sundance Film Festival for Asia this summer.
The inaugural edition of Sundance Film Festival: Asia will be hosted in Jakarta, Indonesia with support from IDN Media. Other Asian cities will be explored for future editions.
Programming will consist of independent films curated by the Sundance team from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, a delegation of filmmakers (travel and public health regulations permitting), new Sundance Lab initiatives for Asian talent established in collaboration with XRM Media, and Sundance Co//ab digital experiences designed specifically for the territory.
“Indonesia is an emerging film market, and we are committed to bring the strength of the Institute to help develop and showcase Asian talent to the indie community,” said Michael Y. Chow, co-founder of XRM Media, in a statement.
Tabitha Jackson, Director of Sundance Film Festival, added: “We have long wanted to deepen our connection to the bold and vibrant energy of Asian independent filmmaking. The opportunity to work more closely with the community of filmmakers and audiences in Indonesia through a collaboration with XRM Media and IDN Media makes this first year of Sundance Film Festival: Asia a very exciting prospect.”