Reservoir Dogs. Heathers. Four Weddings And A Funeral. The Blair Witch Project. Napoleon Dynamite. Donnie Darko. Little Miss Sunshine. Precious. The Usual Suspects. 500 Days Of Summer. American Psycho. What do all these groundbreaking films have in common? They all had their debut at the Sundance Film Festival.
2017’s festival season will take place between 19-29 January in Park City, Utah. Originally founded by actor Robert Redford, this internationally acclaimed festival has been unearthing new talent and supporting daring storytellers from all around the world since 1981 – and it shows no signs of slowing down.
Each year this film festival attracts devoted movie buffs and industry big wigs to the snow-covered slopes of Park City and nearby Salt Lake City, to mingle and sample the cream of the annual film crop. While most of the action takes place in Park City, there are also screenings in nearby Salt Lake City as well. Midnight screenings certainly help add to the city’s buzz, as do the industry parties which pop up around town after dark. And when you need some time out from watching films, the Park City region offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding conditions to be found in the United States.
2017’s programme will showcase 116 feature films across a range of genres, including documentaries, dramas and even quirky comedies. Pulling together this selection from the 4,068 feature-length films and 8,985 shorts that were submitted this year is certainly no mean feat! Big names to look out for in the festival programme include Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Spacey, Michelle Pfeiffer, Woody Harrelson, Geena Davis, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Holly Hunter and Anne Hathaway. Director Quentin Tarantino will be attending the festival to take part in a Q&A session following a screening of his 1992 cult hit, Reservoir Dogs.
Playing alongside the festival will be a series of live concerts called Snow Fest, to be held at Park City Live. Headliners include Dutch DJ Tiesto, as well as Michael Franti and Spearhead.
Interestingly, across the country in Washington D.C., Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration will be taking place at the same time as the festival’s first full day, which should make for an interesting backdrop to the festivities. No doubt Trump’s ascendancy to the White House is going to add an extra dimension to the lively debates that the festival is famous for sparking among filmgoers.
Be sure to beat the queues and buy your tickets in advance.
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