“Supporting independent artists has always been the foundation of the institute and the fuel behind the festival,” said the founder of the Sundance Institute Robert Redford. “The fact that we have been able to stick to this core purpose is a testament to the vitality of the institute and to the festival’s platform as a place to discover new films, ideas and artists. For almost three decades, Eugene has been working on a parallel path with many of the same values and goals in mind, I am so pleased to have him serve as our new Festival Director, helping to support a new generation of artists and leading us into the next decade of Sundance history .”
Hernandez currently leads the New York Film Festival as festival director and will step down after this year’s festival, which runs September 30 – October 16. He began the position in 2020 and for the past three years has navigated new business at the onset of COVID and last year brought NYFF back to theaters in Lincoln Center and around New York. Hernandez joined Film at Lincoln Center in 2010 as Director of Digital Strategy and began leading strategy and special programs for the organization in 2014 when he was promoted to Deputy Director.
Before joining FLC, Hernandez was co-founder and editor-in-chief of IndieWire, which he helped build over 15 years into a leading editorial publication for independent and international films, filmmakers, industry and audiences. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and serves on the Board of Advisors for SXSW, SeriesFest and Art House Convergence, which Sundance has supported. In addition, he has worked as a consultant for numerous nonprofit organizations, written for major print and online publications, and participates annually on the international film festival circuit as a panelist and juror, including the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.