Eugene Hernandez is the Director of the Sundance Film Festival and head of public programming. Going into the Festival’s 40th edition, he is responsible for guiding and overseeing the Festival’s overall vision and strategy while collaborating with the programming and leadership team to further the inspiring artistic impact of the Sundance Film Festival. He also leads the Institute’s year-round public programming globally, championing the social and cultural role of artists while developing programs to foster dialogue and community with Sundance-supported work at the center.
Before Sundance, Eugene led the New York Film Festival as the Festival Director. He began the position in 2020 and brought NYFF back to cinemas at Lincoln Center and around New York during COVID. He joined Film at Lincoln Center in 2010 as the Director of Digital Strategy and, in 2014, became the Deputy Director, where he led strategy and special programs for the organization. Before joining the FLC, Hernandez was the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of IndieWire, which he helped build over 15 years into the leading editorial publication for independent and international films, filmmakers, industry, and audiences. He is a Member-at-Large 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. Additionally, he has worked extensively as a consultant for several nonprofits, written for major print and online publications, and annually participates in the international film festival circuit as a panelist and juror.