The Sundance Film Festival is in the market for a new kind of star: a festival director. The Sundance Institute
has announced today that John Cooper, the long-time director of the Sundance Film Festival, will move into a newly-created “emeritus director” role following the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Next year’s festival will mark Cooper’s 30th Sundance, his 11th as the event’s director, and his last year in the position.
The search for a new director for the Sundance Film Festival will be led by the Institute’s CEO, Keri Putnam
. Cooper’s departure is not entirely unexpected, as the festival head recently moved to Napa, California.
Today’s announcement touts Cooper’s many achievements over his three decades with the annual Utah festival, including the creation of the short film section and competition, as well as the introduction of the documentary premiere, Next
, and New Frontier sections. Cooper