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The 2022 Sundance Film Festival runs from Jan. 20 - 30, in Park City, Utah

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"Velvet Buzzsaw" - strong satire on the world of fine art, a netflix premiere in Sundance

  “Critique is so limiting and emotionally draining.” - Morf Vandewalt   Uninspired, a total lack of originality, derivative, void of spiritual awareness. These are only a few of the harsh critiques that Gyllenhaal fires off as he moves briskly from scene to scene, emoting in such a way that we have not seen from the Nightcrawler actor.   Dan Gilroy and Jake Gyllenhaal reunite for a brutally comedic satire on the world of fine art. They cover art’s destruc...

Co-Directors Ainsley Gardiner and Briar Grace-Smith are the 2019 recipients of the Sundance Institute Merata Mita Fellowship

Co-Directors Ainsley Gardiner and Briar Grace-Smith are the 2019 recipients of the Sundance Institute Merata Mita Fellowship, an annual fellowship named in honor of the late Māori filmmaker Merata Mita (1942-2010). The announcement was delivered today at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.   Sundance Institute selected the two filmmakers from a global call for applicants. They will be awarded cash grants and a yearlong continuum of support with activities, including a trip to the Su...

"Koko-Di-Koko-Da" - Review

Well, they can’t all be good. Koko-Di-Koko-Da is a film that was so intriguing on paper that it was one of the first films I actively secured a ticket for. It’s a Swedish horror flick that tracks the brutal process of grief and the damage it does to a relationship. At best, the films absurdities serve as a metaphor for this sentiment. At worst, the absurdities merely serve as aesthetic pageantry to keep the viewer awake. Essentially, it is a cheaply made horror film with a groundh...

"The Report" - Review from Sundance

The Report, directed by Scott Z. Burns, has everything that Hollywood loves; A-list male leads in Adam Driver and Jon Hamm, it's based on a true story, it's political, it’s relevant and it’s made by a proven director. Similar films like Argo and Spotlight have enjoyed massive success in both the box office and critically, and I don't see The Report being any different. The film follows Daniel Jones, played by Adam Driver, as he spends half a decade building a report o...

The Park Ave Trail

Park Avenue is the spine of Sundance. Essentially you can take park avenue from one end to the other and travel between the two most important segments of the festival. On the north side of Park Ave, you can easily find the festival headquarters which happens to be right across the street from Eccles which houses many of the major premiers. From there, you can head South down Park ave which takes you past New frontier exhibits, The Ray, Prospector Square and many more venues as well as Fresh M...

Merch in Park City!

Welp, I didn't get into any screenings this morning so I spent my time exploring the festival grounds. One of my stops was at the Festival Store where they have an assortment of fun souvenirs to bring home. This year's theme is 'Risk.' So all merch is centered around that theme. It's certainly a powerful theme for the thousands of filmmakers that risk their lively hood to get their independent films onto the silver screen.  Prices are not bad either. Posters, t-shirts...

"Ms. Purple" - Review from Sundance

Unique, relatable, tragic yet hopeful. Truly, this was a simple film that was well crafted, blending powerful storytelling with gorgeous cinematography, as it paints LA's Koreatown in such a way that has not really been done before. The story is about a beautiful, once promising, young Korean girl struggling in Los Angeles, supporting her terminally ill father by means of a salacious profession. The call to action occurs as her father's caretaker quits, forcing her to reach out to...

"After the Wedding" - Review from Sundance

This film is everything you should expect by now from a film starring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams. Every scene with them both in it has an energy not many could match. The emotional restraint in Williams' performance forces the audience to quiver while Moore's erratic and abusive behavior steers a ship that is stuck in a storm. Abby Quinn delivers a show-stopping performance as a daughter caught between her parents lies. She may be the most slept-on aspect of the show. No...

Study Shows Promising Directorial Pipeline for Women and People of Color

  Sundance Institute/USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative study shows women are represented at Sundance in significantly greater numbers than ten years ago, but are still far below 50%.   Sundance Institute and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative (AI2) today released demographic data on submissions and acceptances to the annual Sundance...

Hollywood Casting and Film (HCF) launches the Filmmaker Final Four contest

Hollywood Casting and Film (HCF) launches the Filmmaker Final Four, a national contest designed to provide exposure for emerging filmmakers and actors, in an effort to advance their careers.  The format of the film contest is similar to the NCAA basketball tournament, where teams across the nation will be placed in brackets.  Audiences and jurors will vote on films from each region, with the Finalists eventually advancing to a Final Four event in Hollywood where prizewinners will be ...

Doval Bacall announces in Park City his jury for the 1st Your Script Produced and $250,000.00 prize

GRAND PRIZE: Winning script produced for $250,000.00 USD Regular Deadline: February 15, 2019 Filmfestivals.com Bruno Chatelin joins prestigious roaster of professional judges announced in Park City for the new "Your Script Produced Worldwide Screenwriting Competition"   Introducing the first annual 2018 inaugural for “Your Script Produced!” Worldwide Screenwriting Competition sponsored by Doval Bacall Films. The sponsor will fully fund, develop, package an...

VIDEO: Cinema Cafe with Jackie Chan

Cinema Cafe with Jackie Chan moderated by Kyle Buchanan. Strange things are afoot at Cinema Café. Every day in the Filmmaker Lodge, Cinema Café invigorates the culture of conversation. Our daily series of informal chats rounds up special guests for thought-provoking discussions, complete with coffee and treats. We are proud to present several Cinema Café discussions, streaming engaging discussions with Festival filmmakers and journalists.   ...

VIDEO: Opening introduction of Sundance 2019 Robert Redford, his 34th introduction speech!

The 2019 Sundance Film Festival kicks off with Robert Redford, Executive Director Keri Putnam, Festival Director John Cooper, Director of Programming Kim Yutani, and select programmers sharing what this year has in store. Be a part of the community, a part of the conversation and watch the VIDEO.       ...

Collective of film festival programmers comprising people of colour, women and TSLGBTQ launches in Sundance

‘PROGRAMMERS OF COLOUR COLLECTIVE’ LAUNCHES AT SUNDANCE 2019   POC2 members at Sundance Film Festival (picture courtesy of Abraham Ferrer) Members from a new collective of film festival programmers comprising people of colour, women and TSLGBTQ+ made their first public appearance together last night at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Having already confirmed 85 members, POC2 (Programmers of Colour Collective) aims to stimulate conversation around the underrepresentatio...

IFP boasts 14 Program Alumni in Park City!

  Advocate is an alumnus of Spotlight on Documentaries at IFP Week 2017 & is Fiscally Sponsored by IFP Israeli huma...

Cucalorus Board Member Jackie Olive Premieres at Sundance!

Always in Season Premieres this Saturday at Sundance! Works-in-Progress graduate, alumni of the Residency Artist Program, Filmed in NC Grant Recipient, and current Cucalorus Board Member premieres her film Always in Season at Sundance this Saturday! Congratulations, Jackie!! Get details about the Premiere >> ...

EFP Grants Film Sales Support for six European Films at the Sundance Film Festival 2019

Stieg Larsson - The Man Who Played with Fire - world sales: The Match Factory For this year's Sundance Film Festival, EFP (European Film Promotion) grants Film Sales Support (FSS) for the promotion and marketing of six European films. Three feature films in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition and two European works in the World Cinema Documentary Competition and one Documentary Premiere are receiving an additional marketing boost to push sales at N...

Ring in the New Year with a Look Back at Sundance Institute's Figures

The roles of artists are sweeping and diverse, from adventurous creators to catalysts for change. As we welcome the new year and approach the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, we reflect on the breadth and impact of Sundance Institute–supported artists. Thank you for being part of our community and helping us champion independent artists.   VIEW THE 2018 ANNUAL REPORT   ...

25 Sundance filmmakers turn to Panavision for production and post services

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   Over 25 Buzzworthy Titles in 2019 Sundance Lineup Entrusted Panavision and Light Iron for Camera, Lens and Finishing Expertise As entertainment industry luminaries prepare to swarm Park City for the Sundance Film Festival, Panavision and Light Iron (Panavision’s post production subsidiary) are proud to announce their collaborations with filmmakers on more than 25 projects screening or competing at the 2019 event (Jan. 24 – Feb. 3). The independent filmmakers behind the...

VIDEO: "Native Son" - Review

What a jaw-dropping way to begin the festival. The tension in the room could be felt from the jump and persisted to an abysmal halt. Every little choice was made to be unexpected. First time director, Rashid Johnson, absolutely "fucked shit up (as artists are supposed to)" as he said in his closing remarks during the Q&A session. This film took a classic novel and perverted some of it's most crucial scenes in such a way that left the audience pondering the arbitrary ster...

"After The Wedding" Press Line in Sundance

A lot of buzz and excitement around Bart Freundlich's "After The Wedding" starring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams. Here are some quick look photos of the red carpet. Videos and film review coming soon! A manager of an orphanage in Kolkata travels to New York to meet a benefactor. Director:  Bart Freundlich Writers: Susanne Bier (original screenplay), Bart Freundlich Stars:  Michelle Williams, Julianne...

Robert Redford has officially launched Sundance 2019! Day 1 in Park City

“I think we’re at a point now where I can move on. I don’t think the Festival needs an introduction now.” - Robert Redford !!! Sundance has officially begun! My name is Cameron Lui, I will be filmfestivals.com's Sundance Correspondent this year. This year is packed with exciting films and projects. To start, we have Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams headlining After The Wedding, followed by Apollo 11, Native Son and Give Me Liberty.  ...

Offscreen at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival: Panels and Events

Onstage: Jackie Chan, Lena Waithe, Jane Campion, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Boots Riley, Hannah Pearl Utt, Desiree Akhavan, Tommy Orange, Among Many Others Sundance Institute will convene dozens of offscreen events, including inclusive and intersectional conversations on the next wave of storytelling, radical data transparency, the future of democracy at its intersection with the arts, behind-the-scenes panels on the art of filmmaking and musical per...

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