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Navigating the film festival circuit requires vision, drive, and strategic planning. Join us for a special conversation with John Nein, Senior Programmer and Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Sundance Film Festival. We’ll explore how to set clear goals for your film, the materials you’ll need to prepare, and best practices for leveraging your submission--along with the missteps to avoid. This conversation will go behind the curtain to give you rare insight into how the selection process works, what programmers are looking for, and the strategies that can help you make the most out of your Festival experience.

All Sundance Collab online events are recorded and will be available for all registrants after the live event. Please allow up to 24 hours after the live event for the recording to be posted.

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John Nein is a Senior Programmer and Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Sundance Film Festival where he has worked since 2001, dealing primarily with feature films and the festival’s conversation events. He also curates Sundance Institute’s film preservation initiative, the Sundance Collection at UCLA. John grew up in Europe and the United States, studied history as an undergraduate at Carleton College and earned his MFA in Film Directing from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. more...

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