This infographic offers a glimpse into one of the largest and most important film festivals that features films submitted by independent filmmakers, including shorts, dramatic features, and documentary features.
Growth in Popularity
While the number of accepted films has been fairly constant, more and more films get distribution deals. The goal is to promote the work of independent filmmakers and storytellers and showcase international and domestic films. Sundance brought attention to many films, including 500 Days of Summer, Little Miss Sunshine, Better Luck Tomorrow, In the Bedroom, Super Troopers, and many others. The works of filmmakers such as Edward Burns, James Wan, Steven, Soderbergh, and Thomas Anderson got wider attention thanks to Sundance. Not surprisingly the number of people who worked on features submitted and accepted substantially grew with time. Some 37 countries were represented in 2014. The number of international and domestic films also grew while the number of first-time filmmakers and world premiers remained fairly constant. At the same time, Sundance films became Best Documentary nominees and received Oscar nominations. Sundance has grown from a low-profile event for budget movies to one of the key film festivals. Filmmakers got distributions deals from New Line Cinema, Miramax Films, and other studios. Sundance has become a major event and many festivals are organized in Park City – The Park City Film Music Festival, Tromadance, Lapdance, and others.
Featured Movies, Awards, Programs, and Initiatives
The festival features U.S. and international documentaries, shorts, and documentary premierеs. Special events are also organized such as the Day of the Rain, the Short Film Challenge, and movie screenings. The festival also embraces initiatives such as the Women’s and Diversity Initiatives. The Women’s Initiative seeks to promote female filmmakers and gender equality in US cinema. The initiative also seeks to provide women with knowledge and know-how to empower them to structure, negotiate, and close deals. The Diversity Initiative aims to reach out to and support filmmakers across gender, ethnicity, genre, geographic region, and orientation. A number of workshops are also held. There are also benefit events, special screenings, and labs. The Native Program, for example, aims to support Native American artists and filmmakers. The program features native shops and fellowships. The 2015 Sunday festival also features a number of documentaries and shorts such as Charlie Victor Romeo, Above All Else, Water & Power, Valley Of Saints, and Sweet Dreams. There are other screenings as well such as Utah Community Screenings and Shorts Tour. Movies featured on the festival gathered numerous awards, among which the Documentary Special Jury Award, the Cinematography Award, Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, U.S. Grand Jury Prize, and many others. The economic impact on Utah should be emphasized as well. The economic impact on Utah’s economy has grown substantially – last year alone, the festival brought over $86 million into Utah’s economy. What is more, the festival generates local and state taxes and supports local jobs. Attendance is within capacity with thousands of people spending money on food and lodging.
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