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2022 SIO Diversity Pass Program

For the fourth year, through a partnership with the Film Festival Alliance, the Sundance Industry Office (SIO) will offer five complimentary and five discounted SIO Industry Passes for the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

This opportunity is open to FFA members who identify as historically underrepresented festival professionals in an effort to cultivate diversity within the film festival industry.

All applicants must be current members of FFA, or belong to an organization that is a current member, and may not have received a comp SIO Industry Pass for the 2020 or 2021 Sundance Film Festivals.

Follow this link to complete the application by October 11th

If your organization is already an SIO member, you will not need to register through the SIO office, and may still apply to obtain an SIO Pass after October 19th if you are not selected for the Diversity Pass Initiative.
If you/your organization is NOT an SIO member, you will also need to email to in addition to filling out the Diversity Pass Program application. If you are selected for the Diversity Pass Initiative, you will automatically be enrolled as an SIO member. If you are not selected for the initiative, you will need to wait for your SIO membership application to be approved in order to purchase a pass
For current SIO members, please wait to register for your SIO pass until you have received a decision about your Diversity Pass Initiative application.


MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: El Paso Film Festival

The El Paso Film Festival’s mission is to support and empower the growing community of filmmakers in our bi-national, tri-state region by building a professional foundation of storytellers and artists from which to learn, network, and collaborate. The 4th annual festival kicks off on October 14-17th. Check out or questionnaire below with EPFF’s Artistic Director Carlos Corral.  More details on EPFF are available here.

Tell us a little bit about your festival?

The El Paso Film Festival (EPFF) is the preeminent film festival at the far edge of Texas. The EPFF is the only Texas film festival to showcase emerging filmmakers on a bi-national stage. As one of the fastest-growing film festivals in the state, it provides an inclusive platform where film lovers of every stripe can discover and support the next generation of regional moviemakers. EPFF is among the few festivals in the nation that brings the film’s directors to the audience they entertain. In our short history, we have attracted a diverse audience of film aficionados, passionate storytellers, and filmmaking executives.

What are some things that set your festival apart?

As the flagship film festival in far west Texas, we are leading the growth of a bi-national stage that empowers the new faces of filmmaking. Not only are we the fastest growing festival in the state, we are also the hardest working. Every festival year is an opportunity to create engagement and awareness among professional filmmakers, artists, and audiences across a national platform for filmmaking executives.

How has being a Film Festival Alliance member impacted your organization?

Being a part of the FFA has helped us connect with other festival professionals and programmers and serves as one of the best ways to develop our vision, mission, and goals.

What should every filmmaker know about your festival/organization?

EPFF elevates the creative voice and vision of all filmmakers as they make their path towards the film and television industry by connecting them with seasoned professionals for mentorship and collaborative opportunities. Our efforts are creating a destination event for the region that can stimulate the economy as well as the arts. Bringing films from outside the traditional studio system bucks the status quo with stories and perspectives that challenge us as much as it entertains us.

What kind of programming can someone expect at your festival?

Our festival attracts a diverse audience of film aficionados, passionate story tellers and filmmaking executives of every stripe to the rugged desert of El Paso, Texas. EPFF showcases independent films created in or about the Paso del Norte region. Our bi-national stage provides a platform for emerging directors, writers and actors from West Texas, Southern New Mexico and Northern Mexico.


Happy Hour: Hybrid Strategies & Being Adaptable

Join us on Wednesday, September 22nd in conversation with Eventive to discuss the challenges and changes that come with adjusting to the hybrid model, including how festivals are managing mask and vaccine policies and more.

Join here : (Link Coming Soon!)

This Happy Hour is open to all and will begin at 5:30 PM central.

The session will be recorded.