Next, you will learn about the Sundance Film Festival, the largest film festival in the United States, which includes competitive sections for American and international dramatic films and documentaries, both for feature films and short films, and a group of non-competition sections.
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What is Sundance Film Festival
It is an event held every winter in Utah, where dramatic feature films and documentaries and short films are presented; series and episodic contents. Daily conversations with filmmakers, round tables and live music events are also organized. Since 1985, hundreds of films that were launched at the Festival have won recognitions and awards, reaching new audiences around the world.
This event is organized by Sundance Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. Through its programs, it seeks to discover, support and inspire independent film and theater artists from the United States and around the world, and introduce audiences to their new works..
Celebrities, featured films and Oscar awards
Many notable independent filmmakers received their big break at the Sundance festival, including Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, Todd Field, David O. Russell, Steve James, Paul Thomas Anderson, Steven Soderbergh, Darren Aronofsky, James Wan, Edward Burns and Jim Jarmusch
The festival is also responsible for giving more attention to great movies like Saw, Apollo 11, Garden State, Super Troopers, The Blair Witch Project, Spanking the Monkey, Reservoir Dogs, First, In the Bedroom, Better Luck Tomorrow, Little Miss Sunshine, Donnie Darko, Whiplash, Boyhood and Get Out.
Three Seasons was the first in the festival's history to receive the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in 1999. The subsequent films that won both awards are: God Grew Tired of Us in 2006 (documentary category), Quinceañera in 2006 ( dramatic category) Precious in 2009, Fruitvale (later renamed Fruitvale Station) in 2013, Whiplash in 2014, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl in 2015 and The Birth of a Nation in 2016.
Thanks to this festival, some films won eight Oscar nominations. Manchester by the Sea took the lead in the films supported by Sundance with six Oscar nominations, including the Best Film award. The following year, approximately 40 films were purchased by distributors, including Amazon, Netflix, Lionsgate and Universal.
When is Sundance Film Festival
The 2020 Sundance Film Festival will be held from January 23 to February 2, 2020.
Where is the festival
The event will be held in three main locations: Park City, Salt Lake City, and the Sundance Mountain Resort near Provo, all within the state of Utah.
In the map presented below, you can see all the sites where the festival will take place. There are also several transportation routes to get there, and some parking allowed.
How to get to the Sundance Film Festival
The Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) connects to more than eight airlines that work for 91 destinations around the world. The festival welcomes visitors with a convenient ground transportation system from the airport.
The cities in which the event takes place are separated by a 30 to 75 minute road trip, so be sure to check the appropriate ones in the city where you plan to spend most of the time.
If you are going to be in Park City, there is a good option to transport yourself in the city: the special bus of the festival. There is no public parking at the Park City locations at the Festival, but the shuttle service is free and arrives at all theaters and festival venues in the city, and is an excellent way to meet other festival attendees.
Make sure you plan ahead: use the free shuttle service and calculate the travel time using the Festival map. If you need help, volunteers are always ready to help you at all major transportation stops.
Sundance Film FEstival Slideshow
Below you can see a video summary of the 2019 festival edition:
Contact of Sundance Film Festival
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