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2021 Sundance Film Festival at Gateway Film Center

January 28 – February 3, 2021


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2021 Sundance Film Festival and Gateway Film Center Reveal Program Selections Debuting in Columbus, Ohio

Learn more about the films in the 2021 program by clicking on the images below.

El Planeta

Amidst the devastation of post-crisis Spain, mother and daughter bluff and grift to keep up the lifestyle they think they deserve, bonding over common tragedy and an impending eviction. See full details.

In The Same Breath 

How did the Chinese government turn pandemic coverups in Wuhan into a triumph for the Communist party? An essential narrative of firsthand accounts of the coronavirus, and a revelatory examination of how propaganda and patriotism shaped the outbreak’s course – both in China and in the U.S. See full details.

John and the Hole

A nontraditional coming-of-age story, set in the unsettling reality of John, a kid who holds his family captive in a hole in the ground. See full details.

Life in a Day 2020

An extraordinary, intimate, global portrait of life on our planet, filmed by thousands of people across the world, on a single day: 25th July 2020. See full details.


Ana is transported to a dreamlike and dangerous land where she joins an army of girls engaged in a never-ending war along a rugged coast. Though she finds strength in this exhilarating world, she comes to realize that she’s not the killer they want her to be. See full details.

The Most Beautiful Boy in the World 

Swedish actor/musician Björn Andresen’s life was forever changed at the age of 15, when he played Tadzio, the object of Dirk Bogarde’s obsession in Death in Venice – a role which led Italian maestro Luchino Visconti to dub him “the world’s most beautiful boy.” See full details.

Night of the Kings

A young man is sent to La Maca, a prison on the Ivory Coast in the middle of the forest ruled by its prisoners. With the red moon rising, he is designated by the Boss to be the new “Roman” and must tell a story to the other prisoners. See full details.

Prime Time

On the last day of 1999, 20-year-old Sebastian locks himself in a TV studio. He has two hostages, a gun, and an important message for the world. The story of the attack explores a rebel’s extreme measures and last resort. See full details.


With just a mobile phone and a gun, Mahmud, Ziyad and their group risk their lives trying to save Yazidi women and girls being held by ISIS as Sabaya (abducted sex slaves) in the most dangerous camp in the Middle East, Al-Hol in Syria. See full details.

The Blazing World

Decades after the accidental drowning of her twin sister, a self-destructive young woman returns to her family home, finding herself drawn to an alternate dimension where her sister may still be alive. See full details.

Writing With Fire

In a cluttered news landscape dominated by men, emerges India’s only newspaper run by Dalit women. Armed with smartphones, Chief Reporter Meera and her journalists break traditions on the frontlines of India’s biggest issues and within the confines of their own homes, redefining what it means to be powerful. See full details.

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A Note on Safety

Gateway Film Center and The Sundance Institute’s number one priority is the safety and well-being of Festival audiences, residents of our communities, the artists we support, and our staff and volunteers. As we approach the Festival, we will continue to update you on the specific health and safety measures that will be implemented. If you have any questions, please contact and/or

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Gateway Film Center Named Official Partner of Sundance Film Festival 2021


For more than a decade, Gateway Film Center has served as central Ohio’s mission driven, nonprofit, home for film. The Center presents a curated film program filled with stories that inspire new ideas, entertain, push boundaries, spark new levels of empathy, and advance social change. Our commitment to storytellers, our community, and connecting audiences to incredible filmmaking has established the Center as one of the top arthouses in the country.

As the health crisis continues to challenge arts institutions everywhere, Sundance Institute has partnered with independent cinema communities across North America to bring the 2021 Sundance Film Festival to new audiences. This edition of the Festival will bring feature films and customized local programming — talks, events, artist meet-ups — to communities across the country.  We are excited to share with you that Gateway Film Center, and Columbus, were chosen as one of the 2021 Sundance satellite locations.


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