A daylong series of panel discussions and interactive workshops held annually in New York and Los Angeles that provide vital professional insight applicable for all ten disciplines. In addition to professional guidance, this program offers alumni the opportunity to meet with local artistic professionals and connect with fellow alumni in their community. Each symposium is followed by an alumni artist showcase and reception. Within the Up Next programs for professional development, smaller workshops and discussions are also held for YoungArts resident advisors in Miami, New York and Los Angeles.
Each year, YoungArts invites five alumni filmmakers under the age of 25 to attend the Sundance Film Festival and participate in the Sundance Ignite program of activities during the second weekend of the festival. Alumni attend panels and workshops with other young filmmakers, meet with established film industry professionals and view films debuting at the prestigious festival.