Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Sundance 2014 Introduction

Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Sundance 2014 Introduction

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Report from Sundance

This year the Sundance Film Festival celebrated its 30th anniversary. Thirty years is a long time and the Festival has a long list of now famous movies that got their start at this mecca for independent film. Reservoir Dogs, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Little Miss Sunshine, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, An Inconvenient Truth, Precious, and Napoleon Dynamite are among some of the best known. But, in its 30 years, the Festival has turned out hundreds of excellent films that have not become famous in addition to those that have.

This year's Festival featured 121 feature-length films, selected from 4,057 submissions. These films represent 37 different countries and include 54 first-time filmmakers. The success of the Sundance Film Festival can be measured as easily by the number of submissions as it can by the number of famous films that it has spawned. In addition to its feature-length films, the Festival received 8,161 short film submissions. Some of the best films we see each year are from the shorts programs.

As we do each year, we want to thank the Sundance Press Office. They do a fantastic job. Without their help we would miss out on many of the films and activities that we are able to cover during the Festival.

While the Press Office is crucial to our successful coverage of the Festival, the other group that we couldn't live without is the volunteers. There are hundreds of them braving the cold and snow and wind, to help us get to the right theater at the right time. …

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