Event of the Month: Sundance Film Festival

January 22, 2019

The largest independent film festival in the US, Sundance, showcases films from both American and international filmmakers and offers something for every movie fan. The 2019 Sundance Film Festival is just one of the millions of events that Gravy analyzes to deliver its real-world consumer intelligence.

Founded in 1978 by actor Robert Redford, Sundance was created to showcase the film-making community in Utah and bring more filmmakers to the state. Featuring films like “Deliverance”, “Mean Streets” and “A Streetcar Named Desire”, the first festival shone its spotlight on American-made independent films and filmmakers. Once a low-profile, local competition, the Sundance Film Festival has since expanded to the international stage with Sundance London and Sundance Hong Kong. As the festival’s influence grew so did its fan base: the event now attracts celebrities and film buffs from all over the world.

Event of the Month: Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival is today the United States’ largest and most popular film festival, and elevates and cultivates the talents of filmmakers from across the globe. It’s been influential in the careers of notable filmmakers like Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino and Jim Jarmusch. The festival strives to find the best new talent across genres – from visionary films and works of fiction, to shorts and documentaries. In fact, this year’s festival received a record-breaking 14,259 submissions from 152 countries.

This year’s festival will run from January 24th to February 3rd in Salt Lake City, Utah. In addition to the film competition, the festival will host benefits, community events and filmmaker workshops. Sundance also uses its platform to champion diversity in film through The Diversity Initiative, and women in the industry with Women at Sundance, while Catalyst aims to connect film investors with a dozen or so promising new independent filmmakers.

Where else can you discover great new films and filmmakers from all over the world? Visit the Sundance Film Festival website to view the full listing of films, filmmakers and activities

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