John Cooper

Emeritus Director, Sundance Film Festival at The Sundance Institute

John Cooper

John Cooper

Emeritus Director, Sundance Film Festival at The Sundance Institute

Biography

John Cooper has been a member of the Sundance Film Festival programming staff since 1989 and assumed the role of Festival Director in April of 2009 after serving as the Sundance Film Festival's Director of Programming since 2003. In January 2020, Cooper stepped into the role of Emeritus Director.

His early work in theater, ranging from performance to design, took him to New York City. By chance, he volunteered at the Institute's Summer Labs in 1989 and fell in love with the process and energy of Sundance. He returned to California to become part of the Festival programming team, which at that time consisted of two people. In the Festival's early years, Cooper created the short film program and quickly transitioned into programming documentaries and feature films.

In recent years, he took the lead in developing the Institute's online presence, which has garnered two Webby Awards. As Festival Director, he oversaw creative direction of the Festival and had final decision on all films and events.
Other work includes guest curator or juror at major film festivals around the world. From 1995-1998 Cooper served as Programming Director of Outfest, a Los Angeles festival held annually in July, and until 2002 served on the Outfest Board of Directors.

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Founder at The Sundance Institute

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Director, Feature Film Program at The Sundance Institute

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Executive Director at The Sundance Institute

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Chief Human Resources Officer at The Sundance Institute

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Director, Documentary Film Program at The Sundance Institute

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Coordinator, Theatre Program at The Sundance Institute

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Director, Indigenous Program at The Sundance Institute

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Director, Creative Distribution at The Sundance Institute

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Chief Financial Officer & Managing Director at The Sundance Institute

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Chief Advancement Officer at The Sundance Institute

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Emeritus Director, Sundance Film Festival at The Sundance Institute
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Emeritus Director, Sundance Film Festival
1989 - Current

Since 1981, Sundance Institute has evolved to become an internationally-recognized nonprofit organization that actively advances the work of risk-taking storytellers worldwide. Originally founded by Robert Redford in the mountains of Sundance, Utah, Sundance Institute has always provided a space for independent artists to explore their stories free from commercial and political pressures. By providing year-round creative and financial support for the development of original stories for the screen and stage, Sundance Institute remains committed to its mission to discover and develop independent artists and audiences across the globe.

Programming Director
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OUTFEST IS A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION WHOSE MISSION IS TO PROTECT OUR PAST, SHOWCASE OUR PRESENT AND NURTURE OUR FUTURE BY FOSTERING ARTISTIC EXPRESSION OF GENDER, SEXUALITY AND LGBT CULTURE AND ITS TRANSFORMATIVE SOCIAL IMPACT ON THE WORLD.

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Member, Board of Directors
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OUTFEST IS A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION WHOSE MISSION IS TO PROTECT OUR PAST, SHOWCASE OUR PRESENT AND NURTURE OUR FUTURE BY FOSTERING ARTISTIC EXPRESSION OF GENDER, SEXUALITY AND LGBT CULTURE AND ITS TRANSFORMATIVE SOCIAL IMPACT ON THE WORLD.

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John Cooper is affiliated with The Sundance Institute, Outfest, Outfest

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