The 2007 Sundance Film Festival kicks off today and will run until January 28.
Sundance provides great opportunities from indie films to make a crossover to mainstream films. Last years big hits include Little Miss Sunshine, An Inconvenient Truth and Half-Nelson. This year looks just as promising. Personally, I want to know what the response to the Dakota Fanning movie, Hounddog will be.
For the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, 122 feature films were selected including 82 world premieres, 24 North American premieres and 10 U.S. premieres representing 25 countries with nearly 60 first or second-time feature filmmakers. These films were selected from 3,287 feature submissions composed of 1,852 U.S. feature films and 1,435 international feature films. These numbers represent an increase from 2006 when 1,764 U.S. feature films and 1,384 international films were considered.
“We are witnessing a broadening of the traditional independent arena. In this year’s Festival there is a breadth of subject matter, vision and innovative storytelling that is transforming the old idea of the American indie film,” said Geoffrey Gilmore, Director, Sundance Film Festival. “This year’s American Competition reflects a newfound awareness and self-expression that results in an engagement by the work that is both political and personal, a collective voice fueled by a steadfast optimism and hope for the future.” [SOURCE]
The complete guide of films being shown at Sundance is available here.