The 2017 Sundance Film Festival is poised to engulf Park City, Utah once again and this year’s lineup of feature films, documentaries and programs demonstrates, once again, that Sundance is one of the premier film festivals in the world. The festival will take place January 19-29 and this year will feature 113 independently produced feature films, documentaries and shorts that were selected from over 13,000 applicants.
This year, the festival will be featuring such programs as a question and answer session with legendary film director Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino’s debut film, Reservoir Dogs, had its original showing at Sundance. Other programs include concerts as well as the Women at Sundance program that features the best female film directors. Over the last 13 years of the program, 25% of all films shown at the festival were from women directors. This puts the festival far ahead of the proverbial curve as only 4% of the top 100 Hollywood releases this year have been directed by women.
Legendary actor, and founder of the Sundance Film Festival, Robert Redford, said that, “From the passion and chaos of creativity, independent filmmakers make decisions to harness that energy, break new ground and tell their stories. This year’s Festival reflects every step of that journey, and shows how art can engage, provoke and connect people all over the world.”
Here’s a behind the scenes look at the festival courtesy of the folks at CNN…
This legendary independent film festival continues to grow as the festival also now plays around the world with festivals being held in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and London. This year’s festival will include and embrace 32 world countries as well as 37 foreign filmmakers in which 20 of them made the final cut and will have their films shown at the festival.
Last year’s Sundance Film Festival drew a throng of over 46,000 which pumped over $140 million into the local and state economy as well as providing more than 1,400 local jobs.
Films that made their debut at the festival, and then went on to true box office stardom, were such films as; Roger & Me, Napoleon Dynamite, Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Blair Witch Project, American Splendor, Little Miss Sunshine, Sex, Lies & Videotape, and Reservoir Dogs. There just is never telling which Sundance featured film or documentary will be the next great blockbuster, the next great film.
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