Awards season just kicked off, but it’s already time to look ahead to 2018.
On Wednesday, officials for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival announced their slate of feature films. In all, 110 films made the lineup. They represent more than two dozen countries, and nearly half are from first-time filmmakers. Festival organizers revealed there were 13,468 total submissions, of which 3,901 were feature-length. All but ten of the films will be world premieres.
The Sundance Film Festival was started by Academy Award-winning director Robert Redford in 1978. Its purpose is to support independent filmmakers with a variety of institutes, labs, and other year-round programs. The festival itself is held each January in the mountain ski village of Park City, Utah. This year’s festival runs from January 18 to 28.
Sundance is generally considered the launch of the festival circuit. Many films that premiere there go on to other festivals. Many Sundance films have gone on to major award nominations, including the Academy Awards. Some notable inclusions are “Boyhood,” “Whiplash,” and “In a Better World.”
Some films that premiered at the 2017 festival include “Beatriz at Dinner,” “The Big Sick,” “Get Out,” and “Mudbound.”
The official press release quoted the following from Sundance executives:
Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute, said, “The work of independent storytellers can challenge and possibly change culture, illuminating our world’s imperfections and possibilities. This year’s Festival is full of artfully-told stories that provoke thought, drive empathy and allow the audience to connect, in deeply personal ways, to the universal human experience.”
Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute, said, “We’re proud of the diversity of this year’s lineup; emboldening broader, more inclusive independent voices is a crucial part of our work at the Festival and throughout the year. These stories might inspire or move us, even occasionally make us uncomfortable – but they can shift our perspectives, spark conversation and create change.”
John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “These films and voices offer a creative lens to view our complex times. This is connected, relevant, global art that provides a fresh alternative to the noise dominating the cultural mainstream, and an inspiration for its future.”
The 2018 festival includes “BLAZE” from writer/director Ethan Hawke; “The Kindergarten Teacher” from writer/director Sara Colangelo and starring Maggie Gyllenhaal; and “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” from Desiree Akhavan, and starring Chloë Grace Moretz.
The full lineup is available at sundance.org/festival.