Film Festivals

Indie Film Project at Sundance 2018

Autograph Collection is committed to telling stories that are exactly like nothing else. In 2017, we launched The Indie Film Project, an initiative dedicated to shining a light on independent storytellers and championing diversity and individuality across the film industry.

This year, Autograph Collection returned to Sundance Film Festival, setting up residency at The Retreat, to celebrate those indie voices and spotlight creative individuals sharing their unique stories. Park City is not only home to Sundance’s annual Film Festival, but Autograph Collection’s Hotel Park City: a rustic lodge tucked away in Utah’s picturesque mountain ranges. The Retreat at Hotel Park City is one of the many ways Autograph supports the creation and distribution of indie films, serving as both a haven for artists seeking a moment away from the hustle and bustle of Main Street, Park City, and a lounge to celebrate the triumphs of the long road to Sundance.

Autograph, in partnership with The Black List, had the pleasure of celebrating with some of our amazing friends in the film industry, including Maggie Gyllenhaal, Todd Haynes, and Ethan Hawke, throughout the weekend. Martha Wainwright treated guests to an intimate acoustic performance, culminating in special duo performed with Maggie Gyllenhaal.

The Retreat attendees were treated to craft cocktails and seasonal bites, including a melt-your-own hot chocolate bar and custom-made sips based on famous movie lines.

One of the weekend highlights was hosting the second annual Sundance Power Women’s Cocktail. Guests had the opportunity to mingle with hosts and industry heavy hitters Aisha Tyler, Issa Rae, and Tessa Thompson, as well as like-minded influential industry women like Tarana Burke and April Reign, just to name a few.

Remarks from our hosts stirred up some serious inspiration and girl power, as the full house cheered and showed their support for women rising against the odds in the film industry, and beyond.

We spent the weekend toasting to the vision, design, and craft that makes independent film unique. Check out the clip below to see what you missed at The Retreat.


Guests of Autograph Collection hotels in the U.S. and Canada can now support the Indie Film Project by streaming a curated selection of indie films during their stay. These critically-acclaimed indie films are curated to reflect our appreciation of art, culture, cuisine, design and travel, amongst other themes. You can learn more about the Indie Film Project initiative here.