Sundance Film Festival Watchlist

Sundance Film Festival attendees, use this list to guide your viewing of films from women and non-binary directors!

– This symbol indicates that a film has been ReFrame Stamped

Since 2018, ReFrame and IMDbPro—the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals—have reported annually on film and television productions that earn the ReFrame Stamp for gender-balanced hiring, based on intersectional criteria developed by ReFrame, its Ambassadors and other industry experts, and an extensive analysis of data provided by IMDbPro. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2022, IMDbPro empowers entertainment professionals to discover new talent and projects and has an ongoing commitment to supporting and collaborating with organizations that create greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in the entertainment industry.
The ReFrame Stamp is awarded to narrative features that hire women or individuals of other underrepresented gender identities/expressions in key roles including writer, director, producer, lead, co-leads, and department heads. Additional points are awarded to productions that hire individuals of color in key positions, and to those with overall gender parity in their crews. Learn more at

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More WIF @ Sundance

"The Lobby"

WIF members, have you already purchased your tickets for films at Sundance from women or non-binary directors? Join WIF staff members in “The Lobby,” for brief virtual conversations with other audience members for select films!


Maidenhood (Shorts Program), Directed by Xochitl Enriquez Mendoza
Register here to join WIF’s Toni-Marie Gallardo on Thurs. 1/20 at 5:00 p.m. PST


La Guerra Civil, Directed by Eva Longoria Bastón
Register here to join WIF’s Katherine Spada on Thurs. 1/20 at 6:30 p.m. PST


To the End, Directed by Rachel Lears
Register here
to join WIF’s Emily Karlsson on Mon. 1/23 at 1:30 p.m. PST


AM I OK?, Directed by Stephanie Allynne & Tig Notaro
Register here
to join WIF’s Raissa Reis and Toni-Marie Gallardo on Tues. 1/24 at 3:15 p.m.


Just Another Girl on the I.R.T., Directed by Leslie Harris
Register here to join WIF’s Ariel Grant on Tues. 1/24 at 6:30 p.m. PST


The Janes, Directed by Tia Lessen & Emma Pildes
Register here to join WIF’s Ebony Adams on Tues. 1/24 at 7:00 p.m. PST


Alice, Directed by Krystin Ver Linden
Register here
to join WIF’s Ariel Grant on Weds. 1/25 at 9:15 a.m. PST


Brainwashed, Directed by Nina Menkes
Register here to join the WIF Help Line team on Weds. 1/25 at 2:30 p.m. PST

These conversations are for WIF members only. Not a member? Join us!

Panel: Restoring the Future

The past two years have incubated new and evolving movements in the media arts system, creating pathways to a radically aspirational future. In this interactive performance and discussion, step into a portal to that future with artists, activists, and industry members. Together they will share prototypes, provocations, and artifacts from an imagined future media-arts ecosystem centered in justice, abundance, and joy.


Panelists: Yasmin Dunn (Director of Education & Outreach, Hollywood Commission), Sabrina Schmidt Gordon (Producer, To the End), Andria Wilson Mirza (Director, ReFrame), Tony Patrick (Artist, Beyond the Breakdown, Sundance ’21)
Moderators: Karim Ahmad (Director, Outreach & Inclusion, Sundance Institute), Brenda Coughlin (Director, Engagement & Advocacy, Sundance Institute)

This event premieres live on Jan. 22 at 4:00 p.m. MT and then is available to rewatch for the remainder of the festival.

Brown Girls Doc Mafia: Directors Artist Talk

In this spotlight on three Brown Girls Doc Mafia (BDGM) directors with films premiering at Sundance, we will dig in to how they found their path, the challenges and joys of documentary filmmaking, and lessons learned on the road from idea to festival premiere. This moderated discussion and Q&A will provide a candid look into the artistic process and an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of talent within the BGDM community. Featuring Rita Baghdadi (SIRENS), Isabel Castro (MIJA), and Shaandiin Tome (LONGLINE OF LADIES).


Monday, January 24, 2022 | 9:00 a.m. PST

Co-Presented by WIF.

Partners in Work and Love—A Talk with the team from AM I OK?

Sundance 2022 filmmakers and life partners Tig Notaro and Stephanie Allynne (AM I OK?)—along with the film’s screenwriter Lauren Pomerantz—are joined by ReFrame Director Andria Wilson Mirza and filmmaker/writer/actor Fawzia Mirza (both consultants on the Sundance 2022 documentary SIRENS) for a fascinating discussion about each couple’s coexistence as both work and life partners in the film industry. Join us for a lively crosstalk about the opportunities and challenges for queer women in the industry, how each couple has approached mixing the professional and personal, and how they’ve collaborated with others to bring their personal visions into the world.


Premiering Monday, January 24

Co-Presented by ReFrame.

Anniversary Shorts

In celebration of Sundance Institute’s 40th anniversary, retrospective titles “from the collection” will also be included in the 2022 Sundance Film Festival program. The following are from women and non-binary directors: