The Sundance Difference

The Sundance Difference

The word I’ll use to describe the 2018 Sundance Film Festival is: different. Now I don’t mean “different” in a politely negative way, such as when I ask a friend about my outfit and they reply with, “It’s… different.” No, I’m using it as in: change, growth, new. The mood at the festival was different. I felt different. And the perspectives on screen were mercifully, different.

I’ve read articles about this Sundance being weak or lackluster, but I didn’t feel that. Maybe for buyers, but not in terms of the films themselves. The festival remains a refreshing start to my year thanks to the wide variety of perspectives shown on screens. Overall, 13,468 films, indie episodics and VR projects were submitted to the festival, with 122 feature films making the cut. Out of those movies, 53 were by first-time filmmakers, and 37% were directed by women. It’s a contrast to the rest of the yearly fare delivered by studios, where 96% of the 100 highest grossing films are directed by men.

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