Sundance film festival defies economic slowdown
The 27th Sundance Film Festival opens this week aiming to defy the economic slowdown by screening a bigger than ever selection of independent movies from the US and around the world.
Founded by Robert Redford as a mecca for independent film and an alternative to the Hollywood machine, the festival ironically now attracts huge interest from the commercial industry’s scouts, looking for new talent and ideas.
This year’s 10-day festival, which opens Thursday in Park City, Utah, will show nearly 120 films from 29 countries — including 40 first films and 95 world premieres.
A record number of films were submitted for Sundance, which has become the biggest movie festival in the United States.