The Sundance Film Festival keeps on growing in significance, shrugging off even a pandemic and a temporary pivot to virtual screenings to reassert its place as the key annual home for indie breakouts, buzzy new voices and, increasingly, award-scooping big hitters. 2020 gave us Promising Young Woman, The Father and Minari, to the tune of four Oscars, while last year’s debutant Judas and the Black Messiah added a Best Actor gong for Daniel Kaluuya to the tally. Sundance is the place where the movie year really gets going – and increasingly, it’s still on Hollywood’s lips at the end too.
Expect this year’s festival, again a virtual-only festival in the face of Omicron, to yield another batch of attention-grabbing indies. It all kicks off on January 20 and offers ten days of new features, docs and short films from eye-catching filmmaking talents, old and new.
If you’re in the US, you’ll be able to buy tickets to the virtual screenings (head here to find out how). International film fans can catch films from the sidebar programmes and tune into free talks and events, too (info on the available options is found here).
Here are 15 films to look out for from this year’s programme.