With the Sundance Film Festival starting next week, it seems like a good time to look back at last year’s film festival and explore how those Sundance premieres fared out in the real world.
The Sundance Film Festival is an interesting experience, firstly because it’s one of the top 3 market festivals in the world with buyers from most of the major studios (including international distributors) looking for acquisitions. It also draws a huge number of worldwide journalists and critics to get a first look at some of the year’s finest indie fare. Maybe because it’s Sundance’s renowned party setting
We’ll mainly focus on the four categories that feature narrative films, because the documentary market is so bad these days that it’s unlikely a doc will get a proper theatrical release rather than just a qualifying awards run.
US Dramatic Competition
All but four of the Sundance world premieres in competition received distribution and releases in 2017.