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How to Watch
How to Watch a Film Online
For technical requirements for watching with the Sundance Film Festival Player TV app, please read Technical Requirements for Watching.
This year, the online Festival experience allows you to watch where you want, when you want. Films will be available starting at 8:00 a.m. MT on January 24, and you can start your screening at any time until 11:55 p.m. MT on January 29. Online Award-Winner screenings will be available starting at 8:00 a.m. MT on January 28 and play until 11:55 p.m. MT on January 29. To access these screenings, purchase an Award-Winners Package.
How to Watch on Your Browser/Device
To watch a film, click the “Watch Now” button on the My Festival Schedule page or from the film details page while the selected title is available. We recommend watching the Festival with the following device/browser combinations:
- PCs running Windows 10+
- Apple Silicon or Intel-based Macs running macOS 10.12+
- Apple TV, Fire TV, or Roku device platforms using the Sundance Film Festival Player TV app
- Android tablets and phones using Chrome
- iPhone and iPads using Safari
- Chromecast via computer or Android phone
Important: Due to content protection restrictions, screen mirroring cannot be used.
Be sure to start the screening by 11:55 p.m. MT and finish watching within the allotted viewing period as follows:
- 12 hours for Indie Episodic
- 5 hours for Feature Films
- No time limit on Short Films
Note: Online packageholders cannot watch the same film twice. Packageholders can make up to two ticket selections per film, but the second ticket will have to be gifted to another attendee.
Q&As will be available to watch online for a selection of live in-person feature film screenings only, subject to filmmaker availability. They will be recorded and play immediately after the credits following a film’s online screening and count towards your 5-hour watch window. Q&As will not be available to watch on demand, nor will they be posted on film detail pages to view later.
Feature films and select Short Films will not be available internationally due to rights restrictions. We invite you to watch talks and events online, which are free for all audiences.
Many projects in our Festival program have not been rated. We curate bold and creative films that can be provocative and are not suitable for all audiences. Please read the film description in our Festival Program Guide prior to reserving a film to ensure the film is appropriate for all viewers in your group.
A Note About World Cinema Packages
Online World Cinema packages include 10 tickets to World Cinema films, World Cinema award-winners, and international films. For international film screenings, search the Festival Program Guide > Interest Tracks > “International”; please note that not all international films will be shown online.
A Note About New Frontier
New Frontier is presently being reimagined and will not offer a program at this year’s Festival.
How to Watch
Explorer Pass and packageholders have access to Short Film programs and Indie Episodic screenings on the days that their pass/package is valid.