Streaming services Netflix and Amazon came out swinging at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, making headlines for snapping up the rights to everything from feel-good comedies to politically charged documentaries. Newbie distributors also made waves by jumping into bidding wars over several films.
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The 2017 Sundance Film Festival is winding down, but news of big sales and buzzworthy films keeps rolling in. Find out what films are breaking out at the tail end of the fest.
Winners of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival jury prizes in short filmmaking were announced by Sundance Institute at a ceremony in Park City, Utah. The Short Film Grand Jury Prize, awarded to one film in the program of 68 shorts selected from 8,985 submissions, went to And so we put goldfish in the pool., written and directed by Makoto Nagahisa. Full video of the ceremony is available at youtube.com/sff. The Short Film program is presented by YouTube.
At a reception during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, the beneficiaries of $60,000 in grants from Sundance Institute and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation were revealed. Doron Weber, the Vice President of Programs at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, announced the winners: Michael Almereyda’s Marjorie Prime won the Feature Film Prize; Adam Benic’s Levittown won the…
The 2017 Sundance Film Festival is heading into the home stretch, with a quirky comedy scoring a big deal and some mind-altering virtual reality experiences hinting to the future of filmmaking.
2017 Sundance Film Festival Day 6: Hologram Jon Hamm Wins Award; Amazon Scores Jenny Slate’s ’90s Flashback
Day 6 at Sundance offered all sorts of oddities, with a film featuring a hologram of Mad Men star Jon Hamm winning a prestigious award and news that the gruesome horror anthology Kuso caused audiences to flee the theater en masse.
From Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, to Morgan Spurlock’s inspiring documentary, The Eagle Huntress, the 2016 Sundance Film Festival’s buzzy filmmakers discuss their award-winning movies and the road that paved their way to Sundance. Brought to you by Acura.
The 2017 Sundance Film Festival is only at the halfway point, and already a number of buzzworthy films have been sold. (Netflix has acquired several.) Plus, find out who will be releasing the rap comedy Patti Cake$, which critics say features a star-making performance from actress Danielle Macdonald.
Nominations for the 89th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday and Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea, which premiered to rave reviews at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, took the lead in Sundance-supported films with six nominations, including Best Picture. Casey Affleck earned a Best Actor nomination for his role in the film as Lee Chandler, a man with a haunting past who is named guardian to his 16-year-old-nephew. In the world of nonfiction, Roger Ross Williams’ incredible true story Life, Animated, about an autistic man who depends on Disney movies to develop reading, writing and communication skills, received a Best Documentary nod.
2017 Sundance Film Festival Day 4: Netflix Acquires Jessica Williams Rom-Com; Studios Play Patti Cake$
Hot on the heels of The Big Sick’s big payday, Day 4 at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival found studios bidding over another potential breakout film. Read on to learn which films studios are digging deep into their pockets to buy.
2017 Sundance Film Festival Day 3: Amazon Scores “The Big Sick”; Casey Affleck’s “Ghostly” Return to the Fest
Day 3 at Sundance marked the biggest deal of the 2017 fest so far, plus lots of other surprises. Who scored big in Park City?
2017 Sundance Film Festival Day 2: Mary J. Blige Earns Raves for “Mudbound”; Kumail Nanjiani’s “The Big Sick” Receiving Buzz
Reviews are rolling in for films from Day 2 at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Which one is earning comparisons to Manchester by the Sea?
Politics were in the air at the kick-off of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, with Al Gore debuting the sequel to An Inconvenient Truth on the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration. Elsewhere in Park City, buzz is building for the Kumail Nanjiani/Zoe Kazan drama The Big Sick and Martin Scorsese’s look at the tie-dyed rockers of the Grateful Dead.
Visitors to Park City in the coming weeks can celebrate the entertainment industry at the Sundance Film Festival with daily panels featuring accomplished and up-and-coming filmmakers, celebrity guests, and a variety of experienced tastemakers, hosted at the SundanceTV HQ at 268 Main Street. in Park City. See the upcoming list of panels below, and add them to your festival game plan.
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Sundance Institute will convene 24 experts in film, art, culture and science to award feature-length work shown at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival with 28 prizes, announced at a ceremony Jan. 28.
Sundance Institute augments the 2017 Sundance Film Festival program with two new independent films, announced today: Newness, from director Drake Doremus, and TRUMPED: Inside The Greatest Political Upset of All Time, from directors Banks Tarver, Ted Bourne and Mary Robertson.
Rounding out an already robust slate of new independent work, Sundance Institute adds two Documentary Premieres and two archive From The Collection films to the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Screenings take place in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort Jan. 19-29.
Sixty-eight short films, announced today, will complement the lineup of longer fare at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
Sundance Film Festival 2017: More Films Announced In the Categories for Premieres, Midnight, Kids and More
The final pieces of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival feature film program fall into place as Sundance Institute announces the lineup for Premieres, Documentary Premieres, Midnight, Spotlight, Kids and Special Events.
Now in its second decade of breaking new ground at the forefront of art and technology, Sundance Institute has curated an in-depth vision of storytelling’s future for the 2017 edition of New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival, Jan. 19-29 in Park City.
Get ready for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, beginning with the announcement of the 66 films selected for U.S. Competition, World Competition and NEXT, as well as a slate of environmentally focused programming under the Festival’s New Climate program.
The Sundance Film Festival sheds its bulky sweaters and mountain parkas to reveal Sundance NEXT FEST, Aug. 12-14 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles.
The winners of the Sundance Institute Ignite and Adobe Project 1324 “What’s Next Challenge,” which features work from filmmakers between the ages of 18 and 24, talked to us about their Sundance Film Festival 2016 experience.
Sundance Film Festival 2016’s buzzy directors talk about the inspiring story of NFL star Steve Gleason in Gleason, Ellen Page’s surprising performance in Tallulah, and the important chemistry between Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe in Swiss Army Man. Brought to you by Acura.