Sundance Film Festival 2020: Dates, Movies, and Schedule – Parade
Attention movie-lovers, it’s time to break out the snow gear. That’s right, the Sundance Film Festival is just around the corner! The multi-day event brings celebrities and cinephiles together for screenings, panels, discussions and more. Over the past three decades, the star-studded festival has introduced audiences to groundbreaking films, such as Brooklyn, Little Miss Sunshine, The Big Sick and Reservoir Dogs.
The 2020 lineup includes Taylor Swift‘s documentary Miss Americana, as well as a Harvey Weinstein-inspired flick titled The Assistant. Angelina Jolie, Olivia Colman, Anne Hathaway, Glenn Close, and several other big names in Hollywood are attached to projects screening this year. Since Sundance has been the launching pad for hundreds of films that have gone on to gain recognition worldwide, you might want to give the lineup a look so you’re ahead of the curve. Here is everything we know about the upcoming film festival!
What are the Sundance Film Festival 2020 dates?
This year’s festival starts Jan. 23 and wraps Feb. 2.
What is the Sundance Film Festival?
It’s an annual event that celebrates “the independent spirit of interesting, diverse, and original storytelling.” The film festival program includes dramatic and documentary features and short films, in addition to series and episodic content, and New Frontier exhibitions and performances. The festival also hosts daily filmmaker conversations, panel discussions and live music events.
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Where do they hold the Sundance Film Festival?
The star-studded festival is held every winter in Utah. More specifically, Park City, Salt Lake City at the Sundance Mountain Resort.
Is the Sundance Film festival open to the public?
You don’t have to be a celebrity or filmmaker to attend! Movie fans can purchase a pass, ticket package or individual tickets in advance here, or catch a last-minute screening through eWaitlist.
What if you can’t fly to Utah?
While you won’t be able to watch the movies being screened at the festival, you can watch live streams of all the award ceremonies at sundance.org/live.
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Can anyone submit a film to Sundance?
Aspiring filmmakers can submit as many projects as they like using a FilmFreeway account. There are, of course deadlines, guidelines and fees associated with each project submission. Every year, the festival program includes 115-125 feature films, 60-80 short films, 10-15 episodic projects and 20-30 New Frontier performance and exhibition projects.
Who is the founder of the Sundance Film Festival?
The Sundance Institute, which organizes the festival, was founded by Hollywood legend Robert Redford. “Independent artists create and enrich global culture. Their art, which we’re proud to present, can entertain–and much more: it can, illuminate, agitate, and empower. This year’s Festival is full of films that showcase myriad ways for stories to drive change, across hearts, minds, and societies,” Redford, who is also president of the Sundance Institute, said in a statement ahead of the 2020 festival.
What movies are premiering at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival?
The 2020 festival will showcase 118 feature-length films that were picked from a record high 15,100 submissions. Of the movies selected, 27 countries and 44 first-time feature filmmakers are represented. Among the chosen films, 52 of them were directed by one or more women.
Here are some of the confirmed projects that will be screened at the 2020 festival:
- Tesla (which has been named the winner of the 2020 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize) starring Ethan Hawke, Kyle Maclachlan, Eve Hewson, Jim Gaffigan, Hannah Gross and Josh Hamilton.
- Come Away starring Angelina Jolie, David Oyelowo, Jordan Nash, Keira Chansa, Reece Yates and Michael Caine.
- Bad Hair starring Elle Lorraine, Vanessa Williams, Jay Pharoah, Lena Waithe, Blair Underwood and Laverne Cox.
- Worth starring Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci, Amy Ryan, Tate Donovan, Talia Balsam and Laura Benanti.
- Promising Young Woman starring Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Jennifer Coolidge, Laverne Cox and Connie Britton.
- The Last Thing He Wanted starring Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck, Willem Dafoe and Rosie Perez.
- Kajillionaire starring Evan Rachel Wood, Gina Rodriguez, Richard Jenkins and Debra Winger.
- Ironbark starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan and Jessie Buckley.
- Horse Girl starring Alison Brie, Debby Ryan, John Reynolds, Molly Shannon, John Ortiz and Paul Reiser.
- The Glorias starring Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Bette Midler, Janelle Monae, Timothy Hutton and Lorraine Toussaint.
- Four Good Days starring Glenn Close, Mila Kunis, Stephen Root and Joshua Leonard.
- The Father starring Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell and Olivia Williams.
- The Assistant starring Julia Garner, Matthew Macfadyen, Makenzie Leigh, Kristine Froseth, Jon Orsini and Noah Robbins.
- Downhill starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Will Ferrell, Zach Woods, Zoë Chao and Miranda Otto.
- The Evening Hour starring Philip Ettinger, Stacy Martin, Cosmo Jarvis, Lili Taylor, Michael Trotter, Kerry Bishé, Marc Menchaca, Ross Partridge, Frank Hoyt Taylor and Tess Harper.
- Scare Me starring Josh Ruben, Aya Cash and Chris Redd.
- Shirley starring Elisabeth Moss, Michael Stuhlbarg, Odessa Young and Logan Lerman.
- Sylvie’s Love starring Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha, Eva Longoria, Aja Naomi King, Wendi Mclendon-Covey and Jemima Kirke.
- Wander Darkly starring Sienna Miller, Diego Luna, Beth Grant, Aimee Carrero, Tory Kittles and Vanessa Bayer.
- Zola starring Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Nicholas Braun and Colman Domingo.
- Palm Springs starring Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, J.K. Simmons, Meredith Hagner, Camila Mendes and Peter Gallagher.
- Charm City Kings starring Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Meek Mill, Will Catlett, Teyonah Parris, Donielle Tremaine Hansley and Kezii Curtis.
- Nine Days starring Winston Duke, Zazie Beetz, Benedict Wong, Bill Skarsgård, Tony Hale and David Rysdahl.
- Taylor Swift’s Miss Americana documentary.
For a complete lineup, check out the schedule here (or program guide).
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Who were the Sundance Film Festival 2019 winners?
Last year, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind took home the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize. 28 prizes were also presented to 23 other films:
- One Child Nation, The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
- Clemency, The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
- Honeyland, The World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
- The Souvenir, The World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
- Knock Down the House, The Audience Award: U.S. Documentary
- Brittany Runs A Marathon, The Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic
- Sea of Shadows, The Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary
- Queen of Hearts, The Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic
- The Infiltrators, The Audience Award: NEXT
- American Factory, The Directing Award: U.S. Documentary
- The Last Black Man in San Francisco, The Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic
- Cold Case Hammarskjöld, The Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary
- The Sharks, The Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic
- Share, The Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic
- Always in Season, A U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Moral Urgency
- Jawline, A U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award: Emerging Filmmaker
- APOLLO 11, A U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing
- Midnight Family , A U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography
- Honey Boy, A U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Vision and Craft
- The Last Black Man in San Francisco, A U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Creative Collaboration
- Share, A U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Achievement in Acting
- Midnight Traveler, A World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award
- Honeyland, A World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Impact for Change
- Honeyland, A World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography
- WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES, A World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Originality
- Monos, A World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award
- Dolce Fine Giornata, A World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting
- The Infiltrators, The NEXT Innovator Prize
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