What to Know About Sundance Festival 2023

More than an ‘Oscars for Independent Cinema’, Sundance is a reliable barometer for the trends and artists that challenge the Hollywood status quo.
Spy Game, 2001.

Many notable directors had their big break at Sundance. It’s an impressive list: Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson, Darren Aronofsky, and Todd Field - filmmakers that are now regulars at the Academy Awards (the latter two will feature this year for The Whale and Tár). While famous for hitherto unknown talent, the big stars are leaning into independent cinema in recent years. It’s one of the last bastions of creative freedom in film, and ideal for artists who are hoping to have an understated performance that earns wider critical acclaim. Hundreds of films have gone on to achieve wider acclaim after showing at Sundance. Even if you don’t have your flight booked for Utah this year, keeping tabs on the great releases from Sundance will enrich your 2023 moviegoing experiences; introduce you to new artists, or shed another light on those you already know and love. And should you have a ticket next year, you’ll be well-prepared for what is to come.

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January 2023

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