Sundance is looking into options for the 2027 film festival and beyond after 40 years in Park City.

Park City, Utah, may not always be home to the Sundance Film Festival. As of Wednesday, the Sundance Institute announced that it has begun investigating the possibility of holding the independent film festival in other U.S. cities beginning in 2027.

Park City and Salt Lake City will continue to host the festivals in 2025 and 2026. However, the institute is moving right now to examine all of its options through an information request and request for proposal process, since the current contract is set to expire in 2027. By early 2025, the ultimate choice—which might still be Park City—should be revealed.

The festival’s director, Eugene Hernandez, said in a statement, “We are in a unique moment for our Festival and our global film community, and with the contract up for renewal, this exploration allows us to responsibly consider how we best continue sustainably serving our community while maintaining the essence of the Festival experience.

“To ensure that the Festival continues to thrive culturally, operationally, and financially as it has for four decades,” Hernandez stated, is their goal.

The Robert Redford-founded festival has been held in Park City for forty years. Every January, the festival and its sponsors take over a number of locations in the small city to turn it into a hub for film festivals, complete with theaters in locations like the library and other pop-up events and gathering spots.

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