Movie buffs are making the pilgrimage to the biggest independent film festival in the United States this week, as today sees the opening of this year’s much-anticipated Sundance Film Festival. And I don’t mind saying that I can’t help wishing I was with them for their trek.
Tickets are now on sale for this year’s events, which take place at venues across Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and the Sundance Resort itself from 21 to 31 January. As ever, the event’s organisers have gone above and beyond in selecting 200 new films for exhibition – the cream of the crop from more than 9,000 hopeful submissions (can you imagine? You’d surely never see the light of day again if you sat down with a pile of DVDs that big). But there’s more to the Sundance experience than just film screenings, as venues are brought to life with parties, live music performances and panel discussions from leading figures in the industry, giving revealing insights into their works.
If you’ve ever moaned about the lack of originality in the films shown at your local cinema, I recommend you should definitely check out film festivals like this one, which give you the perfect chance to see some truly groundbreaking filmmaking that could otherwise pass you by. The Sundance Film Festival may be only one of many prestigious film festivals that take place all over the world – including next month’s Berlin Film Festival – but when it comes to the USA, it’s certainly the biggest and loudest. That’s not to mention the fact that it gives travellers an excuse to take in some of the breathtaking Southern landscape like the Grand Canyon!
Checking out this year’s programme of events, it looks like festival-goers are in for some real treats, from short and dramatic films to original documentaries. This year’s featured documentary is apparently so mind-blowing, all details are being kept strictly top secret. A clever marketing strategy maybe, but certainly something to whet the appetite of even the most casual film fan! If anyone has the inside scoop be sure to drop me a line…