Sundance 2023 Lineup

Will you be attending the Sundance Film Festival from January 19–29, or watching select films online from January 24–29 in 2023? We’re excited to highlight the films programmed for this year’s festival, and related panels and events that feature the films created by women and non-binary directors.

Films with the ReFrame Stamp have received the mark of distinction for demonstrating gender-balanced hiring.

Presenting 12 world premieres of fiction feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers audiences a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film.

All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt, directed by Raven Jackson

Fair Play, directed by Chloe Domont

Fancy Dance, directed by Erica Tremblay

The Persian Version, directed by Maryam Keshavarz

Sometimes I Think About Dying, directed by Rachel Lambert

The Starling Girl, directed by Laurel Akira Parmet

Theater Camp, co-directed by Molly Gordon

A Thousand and One, directed by A.V. Rockwell

World-premiere American documentaries that illuminate the ideas, people, and events that shape the present day.

AUM: The Cult at the End of the World, co-directed by Chiaki Yanagimoto

Bad Press, co-directed by Rebecca Lansberry-Baker

Beyond Utopia, directed by Madeleine Gavin

The Disappearance of Shere Hite, directed by Nicole Newnham

Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project, co-directed by Michèle Stephenson

Going Varsity in Mariachi, co-directed by Alejandra Vasquez

Joonam, directed by Sierra Urich

Little Richard: I Am Everything, directed by Lisa Cortés

Nam June Paik: Moon Is the Oldest TV, directed by Amanda Kim

The Stroll, directed by Kristen Lovell & Zackary Drucker

Victim/Suspect, directed by Nancy Schwartzman

Fiction projects from emerging artists around the world offer fresh perspectives and inventive styles.

Animalia, directed by Sofia Alaoui (France, Morocco, Qatar)

Bad Behaviour, directed by Alice Englert (New Zealand)

Girl, directed by Adura Onashile (UK)

MAMACRUZ, directed by Patricia Ortega (Spain)

La Pecera, directed by Glorimar Marrero Sánchez (Puerto Rico, Spain)

Scrapper, directed by Charlotte Regan (UK)

Shayda, directed by Noora Niasari (Australia)

Slow, directed by Marija Kavtaradze (Lithuania, Spain, Sweden)

When It Melts, directed by Veerle Baetens (Belgium)

Documentaries by some of the boldest global filmmakers capturing the world today.

5 Seasons of Revolution, directed by Lina (Germany, Syria, Netherlands, Norway)

Against the Tide, directed by Sarvnik Kaur (India)

The Eternal Memory, directed by Maite Alberdi (Chile)

Is There Anybody Out There?, directed by Ella Glendining (UK)

Millsuthando, directed by Millsuthando Bongela (South Africa)

Smoke Sauna Sisterhood, directed by Anna Hints (Estonia, France, Iceland)

Twice Colonized, directed by Lin Alluna (Greenland, Denmark, Canada)

Visionary works distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling populate this program.

Kim’s Video, co-directed by Ashley Sabin

King Coal, directed by Elaine McMillion Sheldon

The Tuba Thieves, directed by Alison O’Daniel

Young. Wild. Free., directed by Thembi L. Banks

From horror and comedy to works that defy genre classification, these films will keep you wide awake, even at the most arduous hour.

birth/rebirth, directed by Laura Moss

My Animal, directed by Jacqueline Castel (Canada)

Polite Society, directed by Nida Manzoor (UK)

Run Rabbit Run, directed by Daina Reid

New Frontier champions artists who engage in experimental storytelling at the crossroads of film, art, performance, and media technology, showcasing cutting-edge work that explores and evolves cinema culture in today’s rapidly changing landscape. New Frontier is presently in a process of reimagination. This year, we return to our roots to offer a lineup of resonant experimental films.

A Common Sequence, co-directed by Mary Helena Clark

Gush, directed by Fox Maxy

Last Things, directed by Deborah Stratman

A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated fiction and documentary films of the coming year.

Cat Person, directed by Susanna Fogel

Earth Mama, directed by Savanah Leaf

The Deepest Breath, directed by Laura McGann

Food and Country, directed by Laura Gabbert

Invisible Beauty, co-directed by Bethann Hardison

It’s Only Life After All, directed by Alexandria Bombach

Judy Blume Forever, directed by Davina Pardo & Leah Wolchok

Murder in Big Horn, directed by Razelle Benally

Past Lives, directed by Celine Song

PLAN C, directed by Tracy Droz Tragos

The Pod Generation, directed by Sophie Barthes

Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields, directed by Lana Wilson

Rye Lane, directed by Raine Allen-Miller

You Hurt My Feelings, directed by Nicole Holofcener

A tribute to the cinema we love from throughout the past year.

The Eight Mountains, co-directed by Charlotte Vandermeersch

Other People’s Children, directed by Rebecca Zlotowski

One-of-a-kind moments highlight new independent woks that add to the unique Festival experience.

CODA, directed by Siân Heder (2021 and 2022 Encore Screening)

Klondike, directed by Maryna Er Gorbach (2021 and 2022 Encore Screening)

Driven by innovation and experimentation, the Short Film Program calls out filmmaking’s most original voices.

Help Me Understand, directed by Aemilia Scott

Parker, directed by Sharon Liese & Catherine Hoffman

Sweatshop Girl, directed by Selma Cervantes

Inglorious Liaisons, directed by Chloé Alliez & Violette Delvoye


Rest Stop, directed by Crystal Kayiza

I AM HOME, directed by Kymon Greyhorse

Life Without Dreams, directed by Jessica Bardsley

Baba, co-directed by Anya Chirkova


When You Left Me on That Boulevard, directed by Kayla Abuda Galang

White Any, directed by Shalini Adnani

Hawaiki, directed by Nova Paul

Nocturnal Burger, directed by Reema Maya


Weapons and Their Names, directed by Melina Valdez

The Flying Sailor, directed by Wendy Tilby & Amanda Forbis

Thriving: A Dissociated Reverie, directed by Nicole Bazuin


Mulika, directed by Maisha Maene

In the Big Yard Inside the Teeny-Weeny Pocket, directed by Yoko Yuki

The Kidnapping of the Bride, directed by Sophia Mocorres


Mirror Party, directed by Bridey Elliott

OURIKA!, directed by Xenia Matthews

Take Me Home, directed by Liz Sargent


fur, directed by Zhen Li

By Water, directed by Iyabo Kwayana

BurgerWorld, directed by Maggie Brewer

The Sea on the Day When the Magic Returns, directed by Jiwon Han


Shirampari: Legacies of the River, directed by Lucia Flórez

Call Me Mommy, directed by Tara O’Callaghan

Margie Soudek’s Salt and Pepper Shakers, directed by Meredith Moore

Under G-d, directed by Paula Eiselt


In the Flesh, directed by Daphne Gardner

AliEN0089, directed by Valeria Hofmann

Unborn Biru, directed by Inga Elin Marakatt

Pipes, co-directed by Jessica Meier


It’s Raining Frogs Outside, directed by Maria Estela Paiso

Created specifically for bold stories told in multiple episodes, with an emphasis on independent perspectives and innovative storytelling.

Chanshi, executive produced by Ayelet Iberman, Mirit Toovi

The Night Logan Woke Up, executive produced by Nancy Grant

A note from the Sundance Institute on the 2023 festival’s director demographics:

The data we are sharing reflects information provided directly by the artists. Some artists chose not to self-identify in all data areas.

Dramatic: 61% or 8 of the 13 directors in this year’s U.S. Dramatic Competition identify as women; 61% or 8 of the 13 identify as people of color; 23% or 3 of the 13 identify as LGBTQ+.
Documentary: 63% or 10 of the 16 directors in this year’s U.S. Documentary Competition identify as women; 63% or 10 of the 16 identify as people of color; 13% or 2 of the 16 identify as LGBTQ+; 6% or 1 of the 16 identify as a person with a disability.

Dramatic: 58% or 7 of the 12 directors in the World Dramatic Competition identify as women; 50% or 6 of the 12 identify as people of color; 25% or 3 out of 12 directors identify as LGBTQ+.
Documentary: 46% or 6 of the 13 directors in the World Documentary Competition identify as women; 38% or 5 of the 13 as people of color; 23% or 3 of the 13 identify as LGBTQ+; 8% or 1 of the 13 identify as a person with a disability.

FEATURE FILM SUBMISSIONS: Of the 4,061 feature film submissions, 1,662 were from the U.S. and 2,399 were international; 1,105 (27%) were directed by one or more filmmakers who identify as women; 91 (2%) were directed by one or more filmmakers who identify as nonbinary individuals; 1,676 (41%) were directed by one or more filmmakers who identify as people of color; 547 (13%) were directed by one or more filmmakers who identify as LGBTQ+.

ALL FEATURES: Of the 101 feature films announced so far, 54 (53%) were directed by one or more filmmakers who identify as women; 5 (5%) were directed by one or more filmmakers who identify as nonbinary individuals; 46 (45%) were directed by one or more filmmakers who identify as people of color; 20 (20%) by one or more filmmakers who identify as LGBTQ+; 3 (3%) by one or more filmmakers who identifies as a person with a disability.