The Sundance Film Festival is a mix of events, films, opportunities, parties, concerts, spectators, mountains, stars, snow, food, a bonfire and moments.

Founded by Sterling Van Wagenen, Utah/US Film Festival now called Sundance Film Festival was held in Salt Lake City in August 1978. The 1978 festival showcased movies including Deliverance, A Streetcar Named Desire, Midnight Cowboy, Mean Streets, and The Sweet Smell of Success. 

The aim of the festival was to feature American-made films, call attention to the potential of independent film making and increase visibility for filmmaking in Utah by conducting competitions for independent American films, presenting a series of films and filmmaker panel discussions, and celebrating the Frank Capra Award. The festival also acknowledges the work of regional filmmakers who worked outside Hollywood.

Over the past five years, Sundance Institute’s sustained focus on Indian cinema has provided support to celebrated films from India in recent years, including Prashant Nair’s Umrika, which won the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival; Shonali Bose’s Margarita With A Straw and Neeraj Ghaywan’s Masaan. Reema Sengupta’s Indian short film Counterfeit Kunkoo made it to 2018 prestigious festival.

Sundance Film Festival announced INDIE EPISODIC films: A dedicated showcase for emerging creators of independently produced episodic content for broadcast, web, and streaming platforms which also featured Delhi Crime Story, directed by Richie Mehta.

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#Sundance 2019: Announcing the INDIE EPISODIC films: A dedicated showcase for emerging creators of independently produced episodic content for broadcast, web, and streaming platforms. ⠀ ⠀ ? BOOTSTRAPPED, created by Danielle Uhlarik; directed by Stephanie Laing ? DELHI CRIME STORY, directed by Richie Mehta ? ? DELIVERY GIRL, directed by Kate Krieger ? DON'T HUG ME I'M SCARED, created by Becky Sloan, Joseph Pelling, Baker Terry ⠀ ? THE DRESS UP GANG, created by Robb Boardman, Cory Loykasek, Donny Divanian ? GIRLS WEEKEND, directed by Kyra Sedgwick, created by Ali Liebegott ? IT'S NOT ABOUT JIMMY KEENE, created by Caleb Jaffe ⠀ ? MAGGIE, directed by Sasha Gordon ? QUARTER LIFE POETRY, created by Samantha Jayne, Arturo Perez Jr. ? STATE OF THE UNION, created by Nick Hornby, directed by: Stephen Frears ? WU-TANG CLAN: OF MICS AND MEN, directed by Sacha Jenkins ? WORK IN PROGRESS, created by Abby McEnany, Tim Mason

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Among the 2020 program’s award-winning films were Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari and Jim LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham’s documentary Crip Camp, while the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award went to first-time feature director Radha Blank, who also wrote, starred, and rapped in The 40-Year-Old Version.

Notable Festival guests included Hillary Clinton and Gloria Steinem, each of whom had a biographical story, documentary and narrative, respectively premiering at this fest.


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