Saint of Dry Creek still shot by animator Julie Zammarchi. Photo by: Sundance Institute / Julie Zammarchi
Saint of Dry Creek still shot by animator Julie Zammarchi. Photo by: Sundance Institute / Julie Zammarchi

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The Sundance Film Festival is officially underway, and buzz is circling around the Sundance Institute Episodic Storytelling Initiative. It is a year-round production facility that is structured to foster a generation of media professionals with developing and producing episodic content.

In 2016, Sundance has setup a collaboration with YouTube, that will introduce a new episodic lab at the Sundance Institute called YouTube New Voices Lab. The area will be available to discover and support new artists creating short-form episodic content.

In addition, the festival and YouTube have put together a series of live discussions and panels for Sundance this year in Park City, Utah. Check out the events below for Sundance 2016.

“The Sundance Institute | YouTube Creators Intensive and New Voices Lab will discover and nurture a new class of visionary independent artists creating episodic content. Together with our broader Episodic Storytelling Initiative, these programs will support the next generation of artists who are shaping the very nature of the form and bringing fresh, original series to audiences,” said Michelle Satter, Founding Director of Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program. .

The New Voices Lab extends past the film festival in Utah with the Sundance Institute YouTube New Voices Lab that will take place November 16 – 18, 2016 at YouTube Space LA.

YouTube Creators and Sundance have teamed up to host a class of YouTube professionals to participate in this inaugural ‘Intensive’ — a two-part program that begins on-site at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, followed by a three-day workshop at YouTube Space LA from March 31 – April 2, 2016. This immersive experience will support YouTube creators in developing new series and films.


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Take an inside look at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival with CNN.


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YouTube Panels and Screenings for 2016 Sundance Film Festival Attendees
YouTube will present the following panels for festival attendees:

YouTube Red Originals Showcase & Panel
Sunday, January 24, 2016, 5:30-7:30pm
Holiday Theater, Park City, UT 
Global Head of Original Content, YouTube, Susanne Daniels, will be joined by YouTube stars Lilly Singh (A Trip to Unicorn Island) and Gavin Free (Lazer Team) and Awesomeness Films head Matt Kaplan (Dance Camp) to preview and discuss their upcoming projects that will debut exclusively on YouTube Red in early February, as well as how to build a community around content on YouTube. This session will be moderated by co-editor in chief for Variety, Andrew Wallenstein.


YouTube & The Rise of Virtual Reality Panel Discussion
Saturday, January 23, 3 – 4:30pm
New Frontier Gateway (Microcinema) 136 Heber Ave Park City, UT 84060
Virtual reality and 360-degree video on YouTube are transforming how we experience stories. Join a discussion with Global Head of Original Content, YouTube, Susanne Daniels, Head of content strategy for VR team, Todd Shaiman, Co-Founder and CTO of VRSE, Aaron Koblin and Matthew Patrick from The Game Theorists on how innovations in video offer a new way for filmmakers to tell, share and connect stories with a digital audience.

Watch an introduction to Google Jump by Todd Shaiman with Google Developers on YouTube.


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Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour, Presented by YouTube
YouTube will present the Sundance Film Festival Shorts Tour, a theatrical program of each year’s award-winning shorts from the Festival, playing in art house theaters in over 50 cities in the US and Canada.

Festival data source at: Google/Sundance.org
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Kick off the 2016 Sundance Film Festival with Festival Director John Cooper, Executive Director Keri Putnam, and Robert Redford. Watch additional videos on YouTube with Sundance.

Start the video at the 40 minute mark for live discussion. 

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