Adobe Celebrates Creativity for All at Sundance Film Festival

The majority of films at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival were cut with Premiere Pro CC.

by Adobe Communications Team

posted on 01-24-2019

It’s time for our annual pilgrimage to the mountains of Park City, Utah for the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, and we couldn’t be more excited as we head into this year’s events. As a major partner for more than 10 years, Adobe is proud to be a part of this important storytelling moment that celebrates and empowers such a diverse set of filmmakers. Year after year, we’re inspired by the bold films at Sundance, and we cannot wait to see their stories and voices come to life on the big screen.

As more and more Hollywood feature films and television shows are choosing Adobe Premiere Pro, so too is the independent film world. This year, 52% of the Festival’s films based on an official survey were cut with Adobe Premiere Pro, making it the most used primary editing tool at Sundance. What’s more, nearly half of the New Frontier virtual reality projects (48.6%) chose Premiere Pro to create new immersive storytelling experiences, and overall, 75% of the 2019 Festival lineup used Adobe Creative Cloud technology to bring their stories to the screen.

Over the past five years, we’ve seen the use of Premiere Pro increase nearly 400%, becoming the preferred editing tool for filmmakers behind some of the most buzzworthy festival films. Five 2018 Sundance documentaries that were edited with Premiere Pro are now on the 2019 Oscar shortlist, and we’re excited to see what’s to come with highly-anticipated films like Clemency, Native Son, Last Black Man in San Francisco, Animals, Hail Satan?, and Knock Down the House turning to Premiere Pro to execute their vision.

And that’s not all. For Adobe, it’s just as important to celebrate the filmmakers of the festival as it is to empower those with big ideas brewing to make their creative visions a reality. We’re continuing to empower the next generation of creators with tools and mentorship through the Sundance Ignite program, which has four alumni debuting projects in the festival this year—Matthew Puccini and Tyler Rabinowitz (Lavender), Crystal Kayiza (Edgecombe), and Vasilis Kekatos (The Silence of the Dying Fish). Tune into Adobe’s Instagram Stories throughout the week to see several Ignite Fellows and Alumni take over and share their Sundance experiences. We’re also continuing our efforts with the Sundance Momentum Fellowship, a full-year program providing creative and professional support to artists from underrepresented communities to help them to the next level of their career.

Going to Sundance this year? Keep reading to see the events we’ll be hosting and how you can join us. If you’re not making the trip, don’t worry! We’ll be live streaming our official Sundance filmmaker panel as well as conversations with filmmakers on the Adobe Facebook Page all week long. Make sure to follow for alerts on when we’ll be streaming and take advantage of the opportunity to get your questions answered live.

At Sundance

Official Sundance / Adobe Panel: Explore the Wide World of Editing
Join a lively discussion about the ever-evolving craft of editing with genre- and generation-spanning editors. Hear Sundance success stories ranging from iconic documentaries to groundbreaking fiction features. Panelists include Carla Gutierrez, editor of 2018’s hit documentary RBG; Will Merrick, editor & graphics artist for the technological thriller Searching (Sundance 2018’s NEXT: Audience award-winner); and Paul Rogers, editor of The Death of Dick Long from 2019’s NEXT category. Presented by Adobe.

When: January 25, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Kimball Art Center, 1401 Kearns Avenue, Park City
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The Art of Editing Reception
Celebrate the amazing work of the editing community and dedication to their craft as Mary Lampson delivers the keynote speech at the annual Sundance Film Festival Art of Editing Reception, sponsored by Adobe. Open by invitation only.

When: January 29, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: The Shop, 1167 Woodside Avenue, Park City

Adobe at Indiewire Studio
Adobe and Indiewire will celebrate and empower storytellers with “Mentor in a Minute” videos at the Indiewire Studio. Celebrities and artists will answer questions from Sundance Ignite Fellows about the best, and worst, advice they received in their careers, while offering up their own expertise. Watch for the short videos on Adobe Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

When: January 24 – 27, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Ask an Expert at the Dell Den
Stop by the Dell Den to ask an Adobe expert questions and learn about the editing experience on Adobe Premiere Pro and Dell Precision.

_January 25, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Storytelling Techniques from an Independent Filmmaker
January 28, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Post-Production Tips for Indies
January 26-27, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Workflows in Adobe Creative Cloud
Where: Dell Den, 528 Main Street, Park City

Canon Panel: From Production to Post: Collaborating on Documentary Now!
In the spirit of collaboration, Canon and Adobe bring director/DP Alex Buono and editors Micah Gardner and Jordan Kim to the stage to discuss their workflow on Documentary Now! Get the inside scoop on the tools they use to bring the series to life, including Canon XF305 and XF405 camcorders and Adobe Premiere Pro. Open to Artist badges and by invitation only.

When: January 27, 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Where: Canon Creative Studio, 592 Main Street, Park City

Sundance Ignite Private Screening, presented by Adobe
Adobe is again partnering with Sundance Ignite, a program that identifies and supports new voices and talent from the next generation of filmmakers (ages 18-25). Adobe will present a private screening of the 15 short films created by the 2019 fellows that won this year’s Sundance Ignite challenge. Open by invitation only.

When: January 30, 8:30 pm -10:00 pm
Where: Holiday Village Cinemas, 1776 Park Ave, Park City

Topics: Creativity, News, Media & Entertainment, Video & Audio

Products: Premiere Pro, Creative Cloud