Sundance Film Fest 2020 | Early Buzz | Insider Advice | New Events | Happenings
Excitement is building for this year's Sundance Film Festival! The 2020 festival received a record-breaking 15,100 submissions, which included nearly 4,000 feature-length films. See below to learn more about some of the films that have generated early buzz, and get some insider tips for enjoying the festival!
Looking for Tickets to Sundance? There are lots of options for enjoying the festival. Purchase a pass, a ticket package, or individual tickets in advance or catch a last-minute screening through the e-Waitlist.
INDIVIDUAL TICKET SALES
Locals: January 16 | Noon–8:00 p.m. MT
Public: January 21 | 10:00 a.m. MT until sold out
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At the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, "we'll explore the theme of 'imagined futures,' inside the theaters and in the conversations sparked by the work we are presenting," said Keri Putnam, the Executive Director of Sundance. These "imagined futures" came from far and wide, and the stats are impressive!
Putnam said, "We believe diverse stories from independent artists around the world open us up to new perspectives and possibilities – at a time when fresh thinking and dialogue is urgently needed" (ParkRecord).
BONFIRE ON SWEDE ALLEY!
Thursday | January 30 | 4:00 - 5:30pm
In an effort to enhance visitor interest during the second week of Sundance, festival organizers will seek to liven things up with the "Imagined Futures Bonfire".
The bonfire will take place at the flagpole lot on lower Swede Alley on the afternoon of Thursday, January 30. According to organizers, the bonfire will "celebrate the Sundance Institute, storytelling, and independent film" and "will be a fantastic opportunity for our Park City community to join us in celebration as we head into the final weekend of the festival". More info on the bonfire can be found here.
How to navigate The Sundance Film Festival!
Ditch your car and use the free shuttles - they're your best bet for getting around town. If you must drive, park at one of the commuter lots at Ecker Hill or Richardson Flat and take a shuttle! Go here for more information on getting around.
2ND WEEK SLOWDOWN
Most visitors come to town during the 1st week of the festival. The 2nd half of the festival is far less crowded so venues are easier to access and restaurant reservations can be obtained!
CHECK OUT OTHER VENUES
Not far from Park City, you'll find four Sundance Festival venues that are far less crowded. Check out all the Sundance venues here, under Theaters.
MAKE RESERVATIONS NOW!
Park City's population more than quadruples during Sundance. Make dining reservations now and pack plenty of protein bars before you head out!
Check out Park City restaurants!
HIT THE SLOPES!
Parkites love to ski while the festival is in town, and so far only a small number of festival-goers know that it's prime time to hit the uncrowded slopes.
With 118 feature-length films represented in this year's festival, there are plenty of options for film connoisseurs. Outlined below are some films that are generating early buzz.
Directed by former Sundance Grand Jury prize winner Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Wendy re-imagines the classic Peter Pan story, with a new setting. It finds Wendy as the eldest child of a working-class family who gets into mischief with her brothers. They meet a mysterious boy named Peter and venture to his island, suspended in time, where childhood remains forever. When something threatens their new, seemingly idyllic life, it’s up to Wendy to save the children. With Zeitlin at the helm, and given what he did with the magical realism of Beasts, this seems like a truly remarkable film.
Taylor Swift: Miss Americana
This opening night documentary provides a raw and emotionally revealing look at one of the most iconic artists of our time. This doc captures Swift during a transformational period in her life as she learns to embrace her role not only as a songwriter and performer but as a woman harnessing the full power of her voice.
Downhill - Starring Will Ferrell & Julia Louis-Dreyfus
This remake of the critically-acclaimed Swedish film Force Majeure features Julia-Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell as a couple that barely escapes an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps. Thrown into disarray, they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other.
The Last Thing He Wanted - Starring Anne Hathaway & BenAfleck
A veteran D.C. journalist loses the thread of her own narrative when a guilt-propelled errand for her father thrusts her from byline to unwitting subject in the very story she’s trying to break. Adapted from the Joan Didion novel of the same title, this film features a cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck, Jeremy Irons, and Rosie Perez.
Determined to turn unfathomable tragedy into action, the teenage survivors of Parkland, Florida catalyze a powerful, unprecedented youth movement that spreads with lightning speed across the country, as a generation of mobilized youth take back democracy in this powerful coming-of-age story.
Shirley - Starring Elisabeth Moss & Micheal Stuhlbarg
A young couple moves in with the famed author, Shirley Jackson, and her Bennington College professor husband, Stanley Hyman, in the hope of starting a new life but instead find themselves fodder for a psycho-drama that inspires Shirley's next novel. Starring Elisabeth Moss.
Oscar winners Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander are two of the four actresses who play Gloria Steinem in this unconventional biopic directed by Julia Taymor. This film covers Steinem's varied life as an equal rights crusader, journalist, and activist, from her role in the revolutionary women's rights movement to her travels throughout the U.S. and around the world.
On November 8, 2018, a spark flew in the Sierra Nevada foothills, igniting the most destructive wildfire in California history and decimating the town of Paradise. Unfolding during the year after the fire, this is the story of the Paradise community as they begin to rebuild their lives. Directed by Ron Howard.
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