Hot Cuppa Hospitality: Airbnb and Impact Partners Bring the Comforts of Home to the Sundance Film Festival with the "Airbnb Haus"

Communal lodge will host unique programming for festival-goers

Jan 10, 2014, 09:32 ET from Airbnb

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Airbnb, the world's leading community-driven hospitality company, today announced the opening of the "Airbnb Haus" at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in partnership with Impact Partners, designed to support and foster creativity, collaboration and connection. The Haus will function as a gathering space for curated events, both public and private, host emerging talent, and dinners throughout the festival.


Open from January 17th through the 25th, the Airbnb Haus (#airbnbhaus) will bring together interesting and inspiring people and experiences, including a an open-mic StorySLAM evening with The Peabody-award winning organization, The Moth, and a midnight show from beloved NY comedian and sketch performer on "Late Night w/ Jimmy Fallon", Seth Herzog with some very special guests, all within a space that pays homage to a comfortable and cozy lodge.

Located at 628 Park Ave just off of Main St, the Airbnb Haus will be fully equipped with the "comforts of home," including free Wi-Fi, a craft coffee bar, vintage board games, travel guides, sketchbooks and snacks, styled with a light, airy Scandinavian-inspired aesthetic.  Working with local design firm WOW atelier, Airbnb transformed this former restaurant into a rustic yet modern communal lodge.

"Airbnb was founded by two designers renting out their living room -- our roots are pure creative hospitality.  Since then, Airbnb has been home to filmmakers on shoots, musicians on tour, and allowed artists to make ends meet by sharing their space," said Amy Curtis-McIntyre, CMO, Airbnb.  "Airbnb Haus at the Sundance Film Festival is a new way for us to connect with, and support, the creative community we believe in so deeply.  It will be a privilege to offer the warm and inspiring hospitality that is uniquely Airbnb to the Festival participants this year."

Events open to the public taking place at the Airbnb Haus are below*.  For real-time updates and access to these events, including RSVP information, follow @AirbnbHaus on Twitter.

Continuing the Conversation Series

  • Continuing the Conversation: "E-TEAM" with Ross Kaufmann – 1/18 @ 2PM
  • Continuing the Conversation: "Tech Talk" with Brian Knappenberger 1/20 @ 4PM 

Haus Chat Series

  • Haus Chat: Kweku Mandela, Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me"), Thomas Morgan - 1/19 @ 11AM
  • Haus Chat: Stanley Nelson, Freedom Summer and Cara Mertes (Just Films Ford Foundation), and Richard Ray Perez (Cesar's Last Fast), Karim Amer, (The Square) – 1/20 @ 1PM
  • Haus Chat: Lucy Walker ("The Lion's Mouth Opens") – 1/21 @ NOON

Airbnb Hosted

  • Complimentary Coffee Service from Four Barrel – Daily from 10AM - NOON
  • Late-Night Comedy Show with Seth Herzog & Friends – 1/18 @ MIDNIGHT
  • StorySLAM evening with The Peabody-award winning organization, The Moth- 1/19 @ 7:30PM

Continuing the tradition of providing the most unique travel experiences, Airbnb will also provide free housing during the festival to emerging filmmakers from all over the world, in partnership with the World International Filmmakers. From Ethiopia to Chile, Airbnb will play host to the up-and-coming filmmakers behind the following films: "Difret," "Happiness," "Liar's Dice," "To Kill a Man," "Viktoria," and "White Shadow."

*Events may be subject to change.

About Airbnb: Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world – online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 35,000 cities and 192 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.

About Impact Partners:

Impact Partners is a film fund and advisory service committed to financing independent cinema that addresses pressing social issues. We bring together financiers and filmmakers so that, together, they can create great films that entertain audiences, enrich lives, and ignite social change. Since its inception in 2007, Impact Partners has been involved in the financing of 60 films, including: THE COVE, which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature; THE GARDEN, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature in 2009; HELL AND BACK AGAIN, which won the Documentary Grand Jury Prize and Cinematography Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature in 2012; and HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature in 2013.