Celebrating and Empowering Everyone with a Story to Tell at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival

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At Adobe, we are committed to empowering and celebrating underrepresented filmmakers and creators everywhere. And now more than ever, movies and storytelling have the power to bring us together, invite new perspectives, and make change happen.

We are proud of our longstanding partnership with Sundance, as we together share the goal of supporting and celebrating the art and craft of independent filmmaking and inspiring the next generation of storytellers. Join us this year, to recognize the creators of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, who continue to connect the world with vibrant, expressive and innovative films.

Our support for independent filmmakers spans decades, and the past few years have shown that creativity can thrive in the toughest times. For the fourth year in a row, Adobe Premiere Pro is the festival’s most popular video-editing program, used by 61 percent of films, including Jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy, God’s Country, I Didn’t See You There, Palm Trees and Power Lines, Something in the dirt, among many other things. This year, 78 percent of 2022 movies were made using Creative Cloud tools, including After Effects and Photoshop. In the age of remote filmmaking, collaboration is more important than ever. With the addition of Frame.io to Adobe Creative Cloud, storytellers can create and collaborate with anyone from anywhere in the world.

Since 2015, the Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellowship Program has helped empower a new generation of filmmakers from all backgrounds, providing the tools, mentorship, and community they need to advance independent filmmaking. Join us on Monday, January 24, for a chat with Sundance Ignite Filmmakers as we delve into their journeys and hear firsthand about the pivotal moments that led to their first films. This panel will be followed by a screening of ten short films created by the 2021 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows. These events are part of Adobe’s Ignite Day, our full digital programming for aspiring filmmakers.

Throughout the festival, you can also watch two films by the creators who are part of the Our Women in Sundance team | Adobe Fellowship program, including the film Lauren Lee McCarthy (2020 Fellow), substitute, and the movie Shaandiin Tome (Fellow of 2021), Women’s long line. And be on the lookout again this year for our newest spot, When I tell the story An Adobe short film highlighting the work of emerging creators in collaboration with Sundance Institute alumni. The film features the work and inspiration of Ro Haber (2019 Momentum Fellow), Natalie Murao (2021 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellow), Aurora Brachman (2020 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellow), Amber Fares (2019 Momentum Fellow), and was co-directed and edited by Carol Nguyen ( 2018 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellow).

This year, we’re excited to collaborate with IndieWire once again to share stories from emerging and experienced storytellers, about the importance of diversity in filmmaking, and staying creative and innovative through adversity while advising the next generation. Just like this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Adobe’s IndieWire Studio is all-virtual to deliver video interviews with the top directors, actors, editors and artists behind the blockbuster films at this year’s 10-day event.

With new ways to collaborate and communicate now more than ever, Adobe continues to seek innovative opportunities to inspire voices and make sure every story is told. Join our session – Creativity & Collaboration: Empowering Every Voice – for established and emerging filmmakers from this year’s festival including Brooke Siebold, Editor framing agnes Editor Lam Nguyen Emergency – Maliyamungu Muhande, Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellow, and Lyn Sisson-Talbert, Producer and Mentor at Netflix + Adobe Indescribably great. The painting will be virtually available for festival-goers to tune in and watch live on Monday, January 24 through the Sundance event page.

On Friday, January 21, attendees can also watch Adobe’s Meagan Keane interview Festival Director, Tabitha Jackson about her perspective on this year’s event, empowering diverse storytellers and more. The event will be broadcast live on the Sundance event page and on Facebook.

For the second year in a row, we are pleased to provide sponsorship the art of editing A celebration to honor all the editors who have films in the festival as well as the Editorial Art Fellows of the Sundance Institute. Adobe Mentorship Awards winners will also be announced during the event, highlighting the importance of supporting and elevating the next generation of storytellers.

In today’s distant world, creativity and communication are more important than ever. Filmmakers have been challenged to find new ways to share their craft and bring people together. At Adobe, we continue to be inspired by the incredible work that all filmmakers do, especially in times of adversity, and we are proud to be a part of that journey to help creators everywhere continue to breathe life into their stories.

“When I Tell The Story” website was created in partnership with creative agency 72andSunny Los Angeles.

Adobe is committed to creating greater opportunities for diverse voices. Learn more about the 2021 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows Program and meet the women of 2021 at Sundance Fellows. Or check out our original interview series, Create Change, to hear creators from a range of disciplines share how they’re making an impact through their work, and Diverse Voices, a platform where everyone can be inspired, learn and share their stories.

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