Christopher Horton, Associate Director, ArtistServices, Sundance Institute
Chris Horton joined Sundance Institute in 2011 to launch #ArtistServices, an initiative that further extends the organization's mission of connecting artists with audiences. Through a series of innovative deals and partnerships, #ArtistServices provides Institute alumni with tools and resources that enhance creative funding and self-distribution opportunities. These deals include partnerships with Kickstarter, the world's largest platform for funding creative projects online, and distribution arrangements that allow any feature film supported by the Institute to get best-in-class digital deals under Sundance branding that keep artists in control of their rights. Recent projects include two films from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival: "Detropia", winner of the U.S. Documentary Editing Award, and "Indie Game: The Movie", winner of the World Cinema Documentary Editing Award.
Horton was previously the head of acquisitions for FilmBuff, a pioneering New York digital distribution company and sister company to Cinetic Media. Under Horton's leadership, FilmBuff acquired sales rights to hundreds of feature-length movies, including Banksy's "Exit Through The Gift Shop" and Chris Smith's "Collapse".
Horton previously worked for Miramax Films, following his graduation from the University of Colorado with degrees in film studies and psychology.
He lives in Los Angeles, where he enjoys CrossFit, Bikram Yoga and wine.