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January 18

Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival hosts competitive and non-competitive sections for both feature-length and short dramatic and documentary films.

Photo by flickr user Mark Schoneveld.

1985: Sun Screened!
The first Sundance Film Festival is held in Salt Lake City, Utah
The Sundance Film Festival is the largest cinema festival in the United States, established to showcase American-made films and attract filmmakers to the state of Utah.

The first festival was held in 1978, originally known as the Utah/US Film Festival. But thanks to the involvement of actor and Utah resident Robert Redford, as well as the strong, supportive response from Hollywood studios eager for a venue to celebrate their works, the festival was propelled into the national spotlight.

In 1985, the Sundance Institute took over management of the festival, changing its name to the Sundance Film Festival. Today this annual event is the premier showcase for new work by both American and international independent filmmakers.
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