Eugene Hernandez: A Visionary Director Guiding the Sundance Film Festival takes time out for a chat at Cannes Film Festival

The Zone of Interest is the 4th feature by Jonathan Glazer and on the top of Eugene Hernandez’s list as of Day 5 Cannes 2023

Dear Shaded Viewers,

In the realm of independent cinema, Eugene Hernandez has emerged as a true luminary, serving as the Director of the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. With his unparalleled passion for storytelling and unwavering dedication to showcasing groundbreaking films, Hernandez has undeniably made his mark on the world of cinema.

Hernandez’s artistic journey has been nothing short of remarkable. From the moment he took the reins at the Sundance Film Festival, this past November it became abundantly clear that he possessed a unique vision, one that prioritised authenticity, innovation, and diversity. His commitment to championing independent filmmakers and promoting their voices has transformed the festival into a vibrant hub for cinematic exploration.

What sets Eugene Hernandez apart is his unwavering belief in the power of cinema to inspire and change lives. He possesses an innate ability to identify films that possess a distinct voice and a compelling narrative, making sure they find a deserving platform. At Cannes 2022 he called Everything Everywhere as the winner from the moment he saw it.

One cannot discuss Eugene Hernandez’s impact without acknowledging the resounding endorsement of the legendary Robert Redford, founder of the Sundance Institute and a true icon in the film industry. Redford himself has hailed Hernandez as an indispensable visionary, praising his tireless efforts to foster an inclusive and supportive environment for filmmakers from all backgrounds. Their collaboration has yielded remarkable results, ensuring that the Sundance Film Festival remains a haven for independent artists seeking to make their mark.

Through his meticulous curation, Hernandez has brought to the forefront numerous cinematic gems that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. His selection of films has been marked by a rare ability to identify those that challenge conventions and push the boundaries of storytelling. Whether it’s the raw emotion of a character-driven drama, the experimental nature of avant-garde cinema, or the thought-provoking narratives that shed light on important social issues, Hernandez has consistently delivered a diverse and compelling slate of films.

A little history on Eugene Hernandez, he co-founded IndieWire, a leading online publication focused on independent film and the entertainment industry. IndieWire provides news, reviews, and analysis of films, festivals, and industry trends. In addition to his past role as a co-founder, Eugene Hernandez has made significant contributions to the independent film community as the Director of the New York Film Festival (NYFF) at Lincoln Center.  Under Hernandez’s leadership, the New York Film Festival fostered a diverse and inclusive environment for filmmakers and audiences alike. The festival features a range of films including international arthouse cinema, documentaries, and emerging talents, often premiering highly anticipated works. It serves as a platform to celebrate and promote the art of filmmaking and contributes to the cultural landscape of New York City.

In November Eugene Hernandez left NYFF to take on the directorship at the Sundance Film Festival.  His dedication to cultivating the next generation of cinematic trailblazers has earned him the respect and admiration of both industry insiders and film enthusiasts alike.

In the grand tapestry of the film world, Eugene Hernandez stands as a visionary director, seamlessly blending his deep love for storytelling with a commitment to social impact. With his discerning eye for talent and unwavering belief in the power of independent cinema Hernandez is an indispensable force in the world of film, continuing to shape and inspire the next generation of storytellers with his unwavering dedication and passion.

Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.