Sundance Film Festival Has A New Curator
Independent movie expert Kim Yutani takes the helm at Sundance Film Festival’s film, media, and off-screen programming.
Sundance’s director of programming is one of the most influential roles at the festival, and the new hiring follows a long-standing tradition of Sundance’s tendency to support in-house talent. Kim Yutani started working at the festival in 2006, and she was formerly senior programmer. Yutani will oversee the programming team, while maintaining relationships with filmmakers, sales agents, and other industry heavyweights keen on getting projects into the festival.
In a statement, she said that her approach as a programmer “has always been driven by a desire to see the world from as many points of view as possible”, and this is exactly what the industry, troubled by speculation about the lack of diversity needs. After all, programming director at the major film festival is like a gatekeeper of the film world, and from the looks of it, Sundance Film Festival is set to further deepen and broaden the reach of independent artists and stories.