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February 2, 2015 /Festivals & Events /

That’s a wrap! The 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Exciting changes in technology are making it easier than ever to create well-produced films on indie budgets, and the 2015 Sundance Film Festival was a hotbed of innovation!



Pushing the Creative Envelope

One of the big themes at the fest this year was the democratization of media. With smart phones boasting HD cameras, and the ability to edit films with the same tools & workflows as the pros, telling authentic stories takes precedence.

Tell the story you want to tell, not the story you think others want you to tell.

–Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Director/Editor, The Stanford Prison Experiment

Adobe is proud to report that 21 films that debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival were cut with Adobe Premiere Pro CC, including The Stanford Prison Experiment, Cop Car, and Papa Machete. From short form to feature length, click here to see a list of films.


We were able to sit down with many of these films’ directors & editors during the festival. Head over to YouTube to watch our interviews with Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Rob Legato, Elizabeth Lo, and more. Be sure to check out our #SundanceSpotlight and Behind the Scenes videos to hear these up-and-coming filmmakers and Hollywood heavyweights share their thoughts on the democratization of media, accessibility of powerful editors and cameras, and what inspired them to become filmmakers.

We were also excited about the premiere of Sean Baker’s film, Tangerine, a feature that was shot entirely on iPhone 5s. Check out this article from Variety for the inside scoop.


Blurring the lines between Indie & Hollywood

Speaking of phone videography… Did you know that a shot Rob Legato captured on his iPhone is in the final version of The Wolf of Wall Street?! His recommendation for people getting started with filmmaking: “Take your iPhone out, shoot a scene, cut it together. Keep filming, keep editing. You will get there without even knowing it.”

On January 23, Adobe hosted a panel with Rob Legato (Director, VFX Supervisor & Editor, and two-time Academy Award winner), Dave Ginsberg (Disney, Sundance Institute) and Kyle Patrick Alvarez (Director/Editor) about how technology is blurring the lines between indie and Hollywood. The session, part of the New Frontier program, featured conversations about how technology has changed the filmmaking game and continues to break down the barriers to entry.

One of our favorite quotes from the panel: “You have access to the tools. You can become a very good editor in fairly short order.” –Rob Legato

For the first time or again, watch the panel here.



#SundanceSpotlight: Your chance to premiere at Sundance!

During the festival, we asked you to create videos about what inspires you to be creative and share them with #SundanceSpotlight. These videos were highlighted on big screens in the Sundance Festival Co-Op on Main Street for all to enjoy.

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There were a lot of great submissions from festival attendees as well as creative folks at home.

Here are a few of our favorites:

The Little Deputy by Trevor Anderson

A Detroit Film by Jordan Garland

A Detroit Film by Jordan Garland

Color & Light by Meagan Keane

Dreamer’s Reality by Mike Alwan

#SundanceSpotlight by Theo Marshall

What Inspires Me by Judy LaVerde


Whether in Park City or from afar, thanks to all who joined us for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. We can’t wait to see what you create next with Adobe Premiere Clip. Include #MadeWithClip when sharing


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