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Sundance Film Festival

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If you enjoy independent or documentary films or you just like seeing the weird and the wonderful on screen then you have probably already heard of or aspire to attend the Sundance Film Festival. Founded by Robert Redford in 1981 to promote creativity in independent film making, Sundance has become one of the premier showcases for American and international independent films.

Although it started as a low-profile event for mainly newcomers and Hollywood insiders looking to make a different kind of cinema, Sundance is now attended by celebrities, actors and film makers from the larger film companies, so the atmosphere has become a bit more glamorous.

Like the film festivals in Venice, Cannes and Berlin, Sundance is a competition and festival winners are supported by the Sundance Institute which helps develop new independent film making talent. Well known film makers like Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), Kevin Smith (Clerks), Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights) and Steven Soderbergh (sex, lives and video tape) have all been given their big breaks at Sundance, so there’s a chance you’ll see the next big thing.

If you come to Sundance but can’t get tickets for the films you want to see you can always go skiing, Park City is also a large ski resort.

Official Website of the Sundance Film Festival.

Written by  Amy Winterburn.

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The Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the United States held in January. The location of the festival ranges from Park City to Salt Lake City to Ogden. The festival was begun in August of 1978 and was created to attract more filmmakers to Utah. Many notable filmmakers got their break at the Sundance Film Festival including Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson, Darren Aronofsky, Kevin Smith and more. Films such as Saw, Little Miss Sunshine, Napoleon Dynamite, The Blair Witch Project and Garden State all got their attention from this film festival. This festival brings many celebrities here every year and continues to grow in popularity year after year.

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