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Sundance: Evolution of a Festival

Posted January 27, 2010 to photo album "Sundance: Evolution of a Festival"

As park of Movie City: Park City, FilmInFocus’ Nick Dawson looks at ten years that have shaped the Sundance Film Festival.

1978: The First Year
1981: A Move to Park City
1985: A New Partnership Fosters Fresh Talent
1989: Soderbergh's Sex Spells Success
1991: Emergence of the Sundance Generation
1994: Low Budget, High Demand
1996: A Record-Breaking Year
1999: The Year of the Witch
2004: A Classic Sundance Year
2010: New Beginnings, New Directions


Since its humble beginnings in 1978, the Sundance Film Festival has grown to become the most important American film festival and one of the unmissable events of the international fest calendar (along with Berlin, Cannes and Venice). It has been the launchpad for the careers of numerous filmmakers – from the Coen brothers and Jim Jarmusch through to Brick’s Rian Johnson and Sin Nombre’s Cary Fukunaga – and has been the single biggest factor in the creation of a vibrant American independent film scene in the United States. Now, with the 2010 edition of Sundance in full swing, we look back at ten pivotal years in the exponential growth of Park City’s pride and joy.