Sundance Mini-Fest Coming to L.A. in August

Next Weekend will showcase eight to-be-released indie flicks

It’s never too early to start making plans for summer. As an extension of its popular Next section at the annual Sundance Film Festival, the Sundance Institute will present Next Weekend, a four-day event showcasing avant-garde storytelling in film.

The festivities begin with an outdoor screening Aug. 8 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. From there, the mini-fest finds home base Aug. 9-11 at Sundance Sunset Cinema in West Hollywood. Closing night enlists the help of the American Cinematheque, Cinefamily, MOCA, and the Billy Wilder Theater to finish out a lineup comprised mostly of films that premiered at this year’s Park City festival as well as brand new works and a few that premiered elsewhere.

Filmmakers and members of the casts are prepared to panel their indie hearts out, chatting with audiences about the unglamorous duties that go into making a film. Aspiring Spielbergs can also sign up for ShortsLab: Los Angeles, a half-day filmmaking workshop.

The official lineup hasn’t yet been announced, but you can browse through the standouts at this year’s Next section here. You might get to see the full-length masterpieces when August rolls around.