Tabitha Jackson Is Sundance Festival’s New Director

Tabitha Jackson at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images

Sundance Film Festival announced a new director. 

Multiple outlets confirm that UK filmmaker Tabitha Jackson is the new director of the Sundance Film Festival. Jackson, who served as director of the Sundance Institute’s documentary film program for the past six years, beat out 700 candidates for the gig. 

“Tabitha is fiercely devoted to independent artists, has been a visionary member of the Sundance Institute’s leadership team for the last 6 years. Her authenticity, experience, and perspective will serve her well in leading the festival forward as a beacon for independent artists and audiences,” said festival executive director Keri Putnam.

“I founded Sundance Institute with the clear mission of celebrating and supporting independent artists,” Robert Redford said in a statement. “And the festival is the platform where we can showcase their stories. As we approach our 40th anniversary, I’m pleased to have Tabitha lead us as we move into the future and meet the next generation of artists and their stories.”

Jackson is set to succeed outgoing director John Cooper.