Sundance Film Festival Returns For Star Studded Events, Exclusive Premieres, and Can’t Miss Industry Roundtables
If you’re hitting the slopes of Park City, Utah from January 24th to February 3rd, you’re in for a treat. The 2019 edition of the Sundance Film Festival returns to Utah for a week of industry events, film premiere, and celebrity and forays into the past year (and future) of filmmaking. With a record-breaking 14,259 film submissions from 152 countries around the world, the festival had a wide range of films to choose from. And with its selection of 112 feature length films from 33 countries, there’s no doubt that the Sundance Film Festival is poised to capture the diverse scope of filmmaking today.
The Sundance Institute goes into depth on the historical film picks the festival made this year:
“For the 2019 Festival, 112 feature-length films have been selected, representing 33 countries and 45 first-time filmmakers. 53% of the directors in this year’s U.S. Dramatic Competition are women; 41% are people of color; 18% identify as LGBTQIA+. 44% of the directors in this year’s U.S. Documentary Competition are women; 22% are people of color; 5% identify as LGBTQIA+. Of the 61 directors in all four competition categories, comprising 56 films, 42% are women, 39% are people of color, and 23% identify as LGBTQIA. 24 films announced today were supported by Sundance Institute in development, whether through direct granting or residency Labs. 102 of the Festival’s feature films, or 91% of the lineup announced today, will be world premieres.”
Last year’s festival earned nearly 125,000 attendees from 49 states and 26 other countries, while generating over $191.9 million in economic activity for the state of Utah.
Throughout the next couple of weeks our film experts will break down their favorite film picks to catch if you are on the ground at this year’s festival. We’ll be taking a look at top films competing in the U.S. Dramatic Competition, the U.S. Documentary Competition, the World Cinema Dramatic Competition, the World Cinema Documentary Competition, as well as the NEXT Competition, to only name a few. On top of this, we will share our top events that we are planning on attending at this year’s festival, where we hope to interact with clients and filmmakers pushing the industry forward in 2019.
The festival will additionally feature a number of innovative programs showcasing the latest trends and technology used within the industry. Anticipated program features include the Immersive Stage at New Frontier Central, New Frontier at the Ray and New Frontier Central will capture the best VR experiences and mixed reality platforms, while VR Cinema Programs 1-3 will additionally capture the wide range of mobile VR programs in the world of journalism, mobile gaming, and much more. Exhibitions called A Jester’s Tale, Ashe ’68, Dirtscraper, Digital Puppet Karaoke, and Emergence will further solidify Sundance as the go-to multimedia festival in 2019.
Are you attending this year’s festival? Want to meet up with our team to talk about immigration options, film premieres, or hit up an industry mixer? Reach out to our team at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a meetup IRL!