Attendance 150 Film submissions 150 features Films screened 86 Number of PC
theatres 2 Festival staff 13
U.S. Film Festival
Sundance Institute assumed creative and administrative control of the U.S. Film Festival, expanded it to 10 days, and showcased American independent and international films, including: John Schlesinger’s The Falcon and the Snowman, Robert Rosenberg and Greta Schiller’s Before Stonewall, William Duke’s The Killing Floor, John Sayles’ Brother from Another Planet, Roland Joffé’s The Killing Fields. Award-winning films included Coen brothers’ debut film Blood Simple and Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger than Paradise.
Fun fact: Renowned documentary filmmakers Frederick Wiseman, D.A. Pennebaker, and Barbara Kopple (all 1985 jurors) and Rob Epstein participated on the What’s Real panel, which examined cinematic representation of reality.
Consumer Media Stats for 1985
- 21,147 cinema screens in the US
- 84.9 million US households have TVs
- 17.7 million US households have VCRs
Attendance 150 Film submissions ? Films screened 83 Number of PC
theatres 2 Festival staff 14
Behind the Headlines
Highlights from the Festival include spotlights on Orson Welles and Ron Mann, an Australian independent cinema showcase, and panels on marketing documentaries, screenwriting, financing, and distribution. Notable films include Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters, Bill Sherwood’s Parting Glances, Lee Shapiro’s Nicaragua was Our Home, Ray Lawrence’s Bliss. Smooth Talk directed by Joyce Chopra and starring Laura Dern and Treat Williams, won Dramatic Grand Jury Prize.
Fun fact: The Festival’s programmers briefly considered eliminating the competition format in favor of a “celebration” of American independent film.
Consumer Media Stats for 1986
Attendance 150 Film submissions ? Films screened 83 Number of PC
theatres 3 Festival staff 14
A Next Wave
Festival highlights include panels on first-time filmmakers, Canada’s next wave, and actors on acting, as well as premieres of Jim McBride’s The Big Easy, Jean-Jacques Beineix’s Betty Blue, Atom Egoyan’s Next of Kin, David Anspaugh’s Hoosiers, Gary Walkow’s Trouble with Dick, Jill Godmilow’s Waiting for the Moon, Barbara Margolis’ Are We Winning, Mommy?, and David Jones’ 84 Charing Cross Road. Award winners include Ross McElwee’s Sherman’s March and Lizzie Borden’s Working Girls.
Fun fact: The first year of the United States Film Festival in Japan, intended to expose new films to the Japanese public, foster creative exchange, and create opportunities for independent filmmakers in the Japanese market.
Consumer Media Stats for 1987
Attendance 150 Film submissions ? Films screened 99 Number of PC
theatres 3 Festival staff 15
Superstar short films
The Festival honored Sam Fuller, showcased new Argentine Cinema, and screened nearly 100 films, among them Bruce Weber’s Broken Noses, Louis Malle’s Au Revoir Les Enfants, Michael Hoffman’s Promised Land, Norman Jewison’s Moonstruck, John Waters’ Hairspray, Beth and George Gage’s Fire on the Mountain, and Rob Nilsson’s Heat and Sunlight. Award winners include Jennifer Fox’s Beirut: The Last Home Movie, Bill Couturie’s Dear America, and Jerry Rees’ The Brave Little Toaster.
Fun fact:Short films were screened as part of the debut of the Discovery Program for emerging filmmakers, Rogue’s Gallery, and Best of American Animation.
Consumer Media Stats for 1988
Attendance 150 Film submissions ? Films screened 97 Number of PC
theatres 3 Festival staff 22
sex, lies and Heathers
A restoration of F.W. Murnau's 1927 film Sunrise opened the Festival, which continued with a tribute to John Cassavetes and screenings of notable works including Christian Blackwood’s Motel, Martin Donovan’s Apartment Zero, Michael Lehmann’s Heathers, Jonathan Wacks’ Powwow Highway, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s Letters from the Park, and Nancy Savoca’s True Love. Steven Soderbergh’s sex, lies and videotape won the inaugural Audience Award and after winning the Palme d’Or, became the most successful independent film of its time.
Fun fact: Nobel Prize winning writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez spear-headed the Festival's continuing exploration of Latin American film, overseeing the creation of six feature-length works based on his stories.
Consumer Media Stats for 1989
- AVID nonlinear editing system publically introduced
- 14.1 million households have PCs
Attendance 150 Film submissions ? Films screened 121 Number of PC
theatres 3 Festival staff 27
A Human face on the AIDS crisis
The Sundance U.S. Film Festival featured tributes to Richard Lester and Melvin Van Peebles and special sections showcasing Colombian and Kazakhstani film. Notable films include Jane Campion’s Sweetie, Michael Moore’s Roger and Me, Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan, and Charles Burnett’s To Sleep with Anger. Award winners include Wendell B. Harris’ Chameleon Street and Norman Rene’s Longtime Companion, a groundbreaking film supported by the Institute Labs, widely considered the first film to put a human face on the AIDS crisis.
Fun fact: House Party, directed by Reginald Hudlin and based on the short film of the same title won both the Filmmaker Trophy and the Excellence in Cinematography Award in the Dramatic category.
Consumer Media Stats for 1990
- 23,689 cinema screens in the US
- 92.1million US households have TVs
- 63.2 million US households have VCRs
Attendance 150 Film submissions ? Films screened 129 Number of PC
theatres 3 Festival staff 30
From slackers to dreamers
The Festival presented retrospectives on Michael Powell and Robert Altman and featured special sections for Japanese Cinema, Latin America film, and the history of character animation. Panels included topics on women directors and art and politics. Notable films include Stephen Frears’ The Grifters, John Sayles’ City of Hope, Todd Haynes’ Poison, Matty Rich’s Straight Out of Brooklyn, and Hal Hartley’s Trust. Barbara Kopple’s documentary American Dream swept the Audience Award, Filmmaker Trophy, and Grand Jury Prize.
Fun fact: The Festival is officially renamed the Sundance Film Festival and the Park City at Midnight section is introduced.
Consumer Media Stats for 1991
- Adobe introduces initial version of Premiere
Attendance 150 Film submissions 250 features Films screened 134 Number of PC
theatres 3 Festival staff 29
Shorts Programs introduced
The Festival’s notable screenings include Mira Nair’s Mississippi Masala, Derek Jarman’s Edward II, Jim Jarmusch’s Night on Earth, and Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Delicatessen. Retrospectives for Stanley Kubrick and Xhang Yimou were showcased and the Competition presented an eclectic variety of film including Errol Morris’ A Brief History of Time, Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s Brother’s Keeper, Les Blank’s Innocents Abroad, Allison Anders’ Gas, Food, and Lodging, and Neal Jimenez and Michael Steinberg’s The Waterdance.
Fun fact: The Shorts Programs as we know them today were first introduced.
Consumer Media Stats for 1992
Attendance 150 Film submissions 250 features Films screened 141 Number of PC
theatres 3 Festival staff 36
Sally Potter’s Orlando, Peter Friedman and Tom Joslin’s Silverlake Life: The View from Here, and Alfonso Arau’s Like Water for Chocolate all premiered during the 1993 Festival. Leslie Harris’ Just Another Girl on the I.R.T., Victor Nunez’s Ruby in Paradise, and Michael Mann’s Public Access were among award-winners and filmmakers Philip Kaufman and Christian Blackwood were honored with retrospectives of their work. Panels covered topics ranging from regional filmmaking to the next generation of filmmakers.
Fun fact: Wes Anderson’s Bottle Rocket was supported by the Institute Labs and the original 13 minutes short screened during the 1993 Festival.
Consumer Media Stats for 1993
Attendance 150 Film submissions 325 features Films screened 169 Number of PC
theatres 3 Festival staff 45
Sundance Institute affirmed its commitment to Native American filmmakers by launching a Festival program to showcase Native and Indigenous films from around the world. Panels covered topics on interactivity and cinema and the fate of short film. Lodge Kerrigan’s Clean Shaven, Rose Troche’s Go Fish, and Mike Newell’s Four Weddings and a Funeral were among many films that saw box office success and critical acclaim. Award-winners include Steve James’ Hoop Dreams and David O. Russell’s Spanking the Monkey.
Fun fact: Director Guillermo del Toro premiered his first feature-length film Cronos during the 1994 Festival.
Consumer Media Stats for 1994
Attendance 150 Film submissions 375 features Films screened 172 Number of PC
theatres 4 Festival staff 51
Cinema from Asian, European, and Latin American
The Festival screened many films to sold-out crowds. Among some of the premieres were Antonia Bird’s Priest, Abel Ferrara’s The Addiction, Mina Shum’s Double Happiness, and Tomas Gutierrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabio’s Strawberry and Chocolate. In addition to sidebars for Asian, European, and Latin American film, the Festival presented programs devoted to the personal documentary genre and animation. Award-winning films include Terry Zwigoff’s Crumb, Ed Burns’ The Brothers McMullen, and Tom DiCillo’s Living in Oblivion.
Fun fact: Sundance Film Festival in China marked the first festival of American independent film in China. The American delegation included Quentin Tarantino, Allison Anders, and Ethan Coen, among others.
Consumer Media Stats for 1995
- 27,805 cinema screens in the US
- 95.4 million US households had TVs
- 75.8 million US households had VCRs
Attendance 15,504 Film submissions 1,950
(750 features, 1,200 shorts) Films screened 184 Number of PC
theatres 5 Festival staff 70
Exploring new frontiers
Scott Hicks’ Australian biopic Shine and Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott’s Big Night went on to capture the public consciousness. The Sundance/NHK Filmmakers Award was introduced to support the next generation of independent filmmakers from four global regions: USA, Europe, Latin America, and Japan. Walter Salles is among the inaugural winners for Central Station, which goes on to critical acclaim. Award winners include Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s The Celluloid Closet and Leon Gast’s When We Were Kings.
Fun fact: The World Cinema, New Frontier, and American Spectrum sections were introduced.
Consumer Media Stats for 1996
Attendance 17,242 Film submissions 815 features Films screened 199 Number of PC
theatres 5 Festival staff 114
Cinematic and vivid, elusive and ephemeral
The Festival continued to attract crowds, international attention and alumni filmmakers. Many of the Premiere section filmmakers were returning directors – Errol Morris, Tom DiCillo, Victor Nunez, Gregg Araki, Kevin Smith. A major retrospective of the works of German New-Wave director Rainer Werner Fassbinder was presented and panels examined theatre to film, cyberspace, and the impact of documentary film. Award-winners include Neil LaBute’s In the Company of Men, Arthur Dong’s Licensed to Kill, Theodore Witcher’s Love Jones.
Fun fact: Strays, actor Vin Diesel’s feature-length directorial debut, premieres during the 1997 Festival.
Consumer Media Stats for 1997
Attendance 19,003 Film submissions 2,538
(1,059 features, 1,479 shorts) Films screened 187 Number of PC
theatres 6 Festival staff 100
Actors behind the camera
The Festival added 1,300 additional seats with Eccles Theatre, presented panels on digital filmmaking, avant-garde film, and reinventing genre film, and saw the rise of the actor/director, with Timothy Hutton, Sara Gilbert, Vincent Gallo, Greg German and Saul Rubinek moving behind the camera. Christina Ricci grew up with very adult performances in Don Roos’ The Opposite of Sex and Vincent Gallo’s Buffalo 66. Award-winners include Lisa Cholodenko’s High Art, Darren Aronofsky’s PI, and Marc Levin’s Slam.
Fun fact: Institute Lab supported Smoke Signals directed by Chris Eyre and written by Sherman Alexie, premieres and wins Audience Award and the Filmmakers Award. It is not only the first film written, directed, co-produced by and starring Native Americans, but also the first Native film to receive a commercial release.
Consumer Media Stats for 1998
Attendance 20,014 Film submissions 3,055
(1,325 features, 1,730 shorts) Films screened 185 Number of PC
theatres 6 Festival staff 129
Blurring the lines between fact and fiction
Notable premieres include Rory Kennedy’s American Hollow, Allen and Albert Hughes’ American Pimp, Doug Liman’s Go, and Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Panels examined distribution for low-budget films, music and narrative, and documentary funding. Chris Smith’s American Movie, Eric Mendelsohn’s Judy Berlin, and Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgan’s On the Ropes were among award-winners and a small Midnight film, Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez’s The Blair Witch Project, saw huge box office success.
Fun fact: Institute Lab supported film Three Seasons directed by Tony Bui, was the first feature film shot in Vietnam by a Vietnamese American writer/director and went on to win the Grand Jury Prize, Audience Award, and Excellence in Cinematography Award and opened to critical acclaim.
Consumer Media Stats for 1999
- 12 digital cinema screens in the US
- Apple introduces Final Cut Pro
- Netflix launches its monthly subscription service
Attendance 20,802 Film submissions 3,628
(1,650 features, 1,978 shorts) Films screened 197 Number of PC
theatres 6 Festival staff 133
The rise of digital
Kenneth Lonergan’s You Can Count on Me, Karyn Kusama’s Girlfight, Sophia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides, Rodrigo Garcia’s Things You Can Tell by Just Looking at Her, Mary Harron’s American Psycho, But I’m a Cheerleader, and Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s The Eyes of Tammy Faye were among the many films audiences discovered on the screens of the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. The Festival saw and embraced the rising influence of digital content with streaming video, digital projection of over 18 films, and the popularity of Miguel Arteta’s digital feature Chuck and Buck.
Fun fact: The Gen-Y Studio was introduced as a gathering place for high school students from around the country to share ideas, explore film, experience new film technology, and converse with Festival filmmakers and industry professionals.
Consumer Media Stats for 2000
- 37,396 cinema screens in the US
- 31 digital cinema screens in the US
- 102.2 million US households have TVs
- 88.1 million US households have VCRs
- 13 million US households have DVD players
- 51 million US households have PCs
- 41.5 million US households have internet
- 4.4 million US households have broadband
- .2 million US households have VOD
- 29.6 million US households have cell phones
Attendance 22,506 Film submissions 3,934
(1,760 features, 2,174 shorts) Films screened 220 Number of PC
theatres 6 Festival staff 200
Sundance continued to recognize the rise of digital filmmaking with the launch of the Sundance Online Film Festival and by projecting 40 of the year’s films with digital technology. Programmatically, 2001 introduced many films that would soon become cult classics. Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko, David Wain’s Wet Hot American Summer, Jay Chandrasekhar’s Super Troopers, Jonathan Glazer’s Sexy Beast, Richard Linklater’s Waking Life, Christopher Nolan’s Memento, John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Stacy Peralta’s Dogtown and Z-Boys, and Alison Anders’s Things Behind the Sun were among the titles introduced by the 2001 Festival.
Fun fact: The Sundance Online Film Festival was launched and showcased the best in new short films and retrospective work specifically created for the web, and received over 3.3 million hits.
Consumer Media Stats for 2001
Attendance 20,435 Film submissions 3,840
(1,740 features, 2,100 shorts) Films screened 239 Number of PC
theatres 7 Festival staff 152
Art is to make silence speak
“I thought I had seen everything, but I will leave here astonished,” is how jury member John Waters described his experience at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Audiences were treated to a program that included Steven Shainberg’s Secretary, Gary Winick’s Tadpole, Miguel Arteta’s The Good Girl, Nanette Bernstein and Brett Morgen’s The Kid Stays in the Picture, Patricia Cardoso’s Real Women Have Curves, Todd Luioso’s Love Liza, Liz Garbus’ The Execution of Wanda Jean, Justin Lin’s Better Luck Tomorrow, and Rebecca Miller’s Personal Velocity.
Fun fact: What is now known as SIO (Sundance Industry Office) was introduced as the Sales Office, created to further support filmmakers and help facilitate communication and interaction with the industry.
Consumer Media Stats for 2002
Attendance 38,707 Film submissions 5,368
(2,023 features, 3,345 shorts) Films screened 250 Number of PC
theatres 6 Festival staff 174
West meets East
Unseasonably warm weather attracted record attendance to the Festival that introduced audiences to films including Wayne Kramer’s The Cooler, Jim Sheridan’s In America, Lisa Cholodenko’s Laurel Canyon, Peter Hedge’s Pieces of April, Peter Sollett’s Raising Victor Vargas, Catherine Hardwicke’s thirteen, Tom McCarthy’s The Station Agent, David Gordon Green’s All the Real Girls. The power of the non-fiction form was illustrated with documentaries including Andrew Jarecki’s Capturing the Friedmans, Stanley Nelson’s The Murder of Emmitt Till, Sam Green and Bill Siegel’s The Weather Underground, and Weijan Chen’s To Live is Better Than to Die, a depiction of the AIDS crisis in China.
Fun fact: Bend it Like Beckham screened in the World Cinema section and went on to be the first Western film to be shown on North Korean television.
Consumer Media Stats for 2003
Attendance 36,656 Film submissions 5,874
(2,485 features, 3,389 shorts) Films screened 256 Number of PC
theatres 6 Festival staff 179
Saw and seen
With Shane Curruth’s Primer, Ondi Timoner’s DIG!, Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me, Josh Marsden’s Maria Full of Grace, Zach Braff’s Garden State, Jared Hess’s Napoleon Dynamite, and many more, the 2004 Film Festival presented the directorial debuts of filmmakers who continue to deliver for audiences around the world. Documentaries like Jessica Yu’s In the Realms of the Unreal and Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman’s Born Into Brothels showcased the transformative power of art, resonating with audiences in Park City and beyond.
Fun fact: Progenitor of an entire series of gory horror flicks, Saw premiered as part of the 2004 Festival’s Park City at Midnight program.
Consumer Media Stats for 2004
Attendance 46,771 Film submissions 6,500
(2,613 features, 3,887 shorts) Films screened 237 Number of PC
theatres 7 Festival staff 192
World Cinema Competition
Solidifying its commitment to showcasing original storytelling from around the world, the Festival launched its World Cinema Competition in 2005. Jun Ichikawa’s Tony Takitani (Japan), Suzanne Bier’s Brothers (Denmark), Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man (Portugal), and Roger Spottiswoode’s Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire (Canada) were among the films presented in the inaugural international competition. Filmmakers working in the U.S. gave us films including, Miranda July’s Me and You and Everyone We Know, Craig Brewer’s Hustle and Flow, Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale, Henry Rubin and Dana Shapiro’s Murderball and Luc Jacquet’s March of the Penguins. For the first time Sundance presented a selection from its Short Film Program online, marking a convergence of the Festival's commitment to short films and its continued efforts to extend the Festival experience to audiences online.
Fun fact: Hours before the Opening Night screening in Park City, the power line to the Eccles Center was severed. Festival staff had backup generators at the ready, but utility crews restored power in time for the Festival to start without a hitch.
Consumer Media Stats for 2005
- 38,143 cinema screens in the US
- 324 digital cinema screens in the US
- 109.6 million US households have TVs
- 98.9 million US households have VCRs
- 75.9 million US households have PCs
- 4.2 million Netflix members
- 80.4 million US households have cellphones
Attendance 52,849 Film submissions 7,359
(3,048 features, 4,311 shorts) Films screened 224 Number of PC
theatres 7 Festival staff 135
One million views
Highlights of the 2006 Film Festival included Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ Little Miss Sunshine, Davis Guggenheim’s An Inconvenient Truth, Jason Reitman’s Thank You for Smoking, Kelly Reichardt’s Old Joy, and Patrick Creadon’s Wordplay. Documentaries focused on artists ranging from musicians Neil Young and Leonard Cohen, to painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, photographer William Eggleston, and playwright Tony Kushner. The Beastie Boys turned the camera on their fans with Awesome: I Fuckin’ Shot That. Attendance at Festival theatres reached record levels, and online audiences downloaded more than 1,000,000 short films and original content episodes from the Festival’s official site.
Fun fact: Festival-related videos rapidly became one of the most popular features on the Institute’s website, with views first surpassing the one million mark shortly after the close of the 2006 Festival.
Consumer Media Stats for 2006
Attendance 48,298 Film submissions 7,732
(3,287 features, 4,445 shorts) Films screened 271 Number of PC
theatres 8 Festival staff 122
A new frontier
Audiences discovered stories from around the world and from our own backyards with films such as Sarah Polley’s Away From Her, Lincoln Ruchti’s Chasing Ghosts, James C. Strouse’s Grace is Gone, John Carney’s Once, Jason Kohn’s Manda Bala (Send a Bullet), Charles Ferguson’s No End in Sight, Rory Kennedy’s Ghosts of Abu Ghraib, Sean Fine and Andrea Nix’s War/Dance, and many more. Award winners include Jeffrey Blitz’s Rocket Science, Christopher Zalla’s Padre Nuestro, and David Sington’s In the Shadow of the Moon.
Fun fact: The Festival’s long-standing commitment to experimental cinema expanded with the introduction of New Frontier, a venue devoted to artists working at the intersection of film, art, and technology.
Consumer Media Stats for 2007
- Netflix introduces its streaming service
Attendance 45,056 Film submissions 8,731
(3,624 features, 5,107 shorts) Films screened 210 Number of PC
theatres 8 Festival staff 143
Film takes place
Films from thirty-five countries were represented in the 2008 program. Further punctuating the Festival’s role as a platform for filmmakers worldwide, the first-ever independent feature film from Jordan, Captain Abu Raed, directed by Amin Matalqa, took home the Audience Award. The eclectic line up was further marked by films as varied as Courtney Hunt’s Frozen River, Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s Sugar, James Marsh’s Man on Wire, Carl Deal and Tia Lesson’s Trouble the Water, Marina Zenovich’s Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, Michel Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind, Brad Anderson’s Transiberrean, Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington’s U23D, and George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead.
Fun fact: The World Cinema jury prizes for Directing, Cinematography, Editing, and Screenwriting were first awarded in 2008.
Consumer Media Stats for 2008
Attendance 40,291 Film submissions 9,293
(3,661 features, 5,632 shorts) Films screened 218 Number of PC
theatres 9 Festival staff 154
25 Years of where the next begins
The 25th edition of the Sundance Film Festival presented 218 films, 42 of which were made by first-time directors. Films ranging from Cary Fukunaga’s Sin Nombre, to Adam Elliot’s Mary and Max, to Lee Daniel’s Precious, and documentaries like Ondi Timoner’s We Live in Public, Louis Psihoyos’s The Cove, and Havana Marking’s Afghan Star thrilled audiences in Park City and beyond. In a nod to the history of independent film, Steven Soderbergh returned to the Festival to screen sex, lies, and videotape, which 20 years prior received the Dramatic Audience Award and achieved a new level of industry and mainstream attention for an independent film.
Fun fact: In the documentary Passing Strange, filmmaker Spike Lee captured the eponymous Broadway musical show, itself developed by singer/songwriter Stew at Sundance Institute’s Theatre Lab.
Consumer Media Stats for 2009
Attendance 41,221 Film submissions 9,843
(3,751 features, 6,092 shorts) Films screened 191 Number of PC
theatres 9 Festival staff 232
Long time programmer John Cooper assumed the role of Festival Director, and a sense of renewal defined the Festival as a whole. The program itself was revitalized with the inception of NEXT, a category featuring films marked by uncompromised vision and originality. Highlights of the line up include the riveting war doc Restrepo directed by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, the exploration of America’s education system Waiting for Superman by Davis Guggenheim, Debra Granik’s eventual Oscar nominee Winter’s Bone, the intensely thrilling Animal Kingdom directed by David Michôd and Gaspar Noe’s intensely bizarre Enter the Void.
Fun fact: During the 2010 Festival, graffiti artist Banksy—the subject of the documentary Exit through the Gift Shop—surprised Park City and Salt Lake residents with strategically hidden, film-themed street art.
Consumer Media Stats for 2010
- 39,547 cinema screens in the US
- 16,522 digital cinema screens in the US/Canada
- 114.9 millions US households have TVs
- 70.6 million US households have VCRs
- 100.2 million US households have DVD players
- 91.7 million US households have PCs
- 71.1 millions US households have internet
- 68.2 million US households have broadband
- 53.9 million US households have VOD
- 20 million Netflix members
- 105.6 million US households have cellphones
Attendance 45,797 Film submissions 10,279
(3,812 features, 6,467 shorts) Films screened 200 Number of PC
theatres 8 Festival staff 238
The 2011 Sundance Film Festival played host to twenty-five first-time filmmakers in the Dramatic and Documentary Competitions, a record 78 film sales, and an all-new Documentary Premieres category, showcasing the work of established masters of the craft. The slate was marked by award winners such as Drake Doremus’s Like Crazy, Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, Constance Marks’s Being Elmo, Peter Richardson’s How to Die in Oregon, and by break out performances from actresses Elizabeth Olsen, Felicity Jones, and Brit Marling. Michael Moore, Harry Belafonte, Vera Farmiga, and The Chapin Sisters were among the highlights of the Off Screen program.
Fun fact: The snowflake logo for the 2011 Festival was composed of hundreds of individual symbols, each representing an iconic film or aspect of the Festival experience.
Consumer Media Stats for 2011
Attendance 46,731 Film submissions 11,717
(4,042 features, 7,675 shorts) Films screened 187 Number of PC
theatres 9 Festival staff 211
Influential documentaries such as Lauren Greenfield’s The Queen of Versailles, Susan Froemke and Matthew Heineman’s Escape Fire, and Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s Detropia depicted the effects economic turmoil across the nation, while narrative features like James Ponsoldt’s Smashed, Ry Russo-Young’s Nobody Walks and Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild showcased masterful storytelling from first-time directors. Off Screen highlights included a performance by Ice-T in conjunction with the premiere of his directorial debut, Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap, and panels and discussions with director Spike Lee, journalist David Carr, and actress Julie Delpy, among others.
Fun fact: Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild was supported by the Institute Labs, won the Festival Grand Jury Prize and Excellence in Cinematography Award, and went on to be nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Directing, Leading Actress, and Writing (Adapted Screenplay).
Consumer Media Stats for 2012
- 43,803 cinema screens in the US/Canada
- 36,377 digital cinema screens in the US/Canada
- 103.2 million US households have VOD
- Over 30 million Netflix members globally
- 59.3 million US households have smartphones
Attendance 45,947 Film submissions 12,146
(4,044 features, 8,102 shorts) Films screened 193 Number of PC
theatres 9 Festival staff 232
New paths, new stories
For the first time in the Festival’s history, both juries and audiences selected the same films in the U.S. Dramatic and U.S. Documentary Competitions for their top awards: Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale and Steve Hoover’s Blood Brother both took home the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for best dramatic and documentary respectively. Half of the films in the U.S. Dramatic Competition were directed and written by women, most of them first-time filmmakers. Richard Linklater returned to the Festival with the third chapter in his great cinematic love story Before Midnight. Award-winning, acclaimed documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, Frieda Mock, Lucy Walker, Robert Stone, Barbara Kopple, and Alex Gibney all screened their latest efforts. Other audience favorites were Jeff Nichols’s Mud and Sarah Polley’s hybrid documentary Stories We Tell.
Fun fact: Between 1985 and 2013, approximately 20 million feet of 35mm film were screened at the Festival. Stretched end to end, the film would reach from New York to Paris.
Consumer Media Stats for 2013
Attendance xxxx Film submissions 12,218
(4,057 features, 8,161 shorts) Films screened 186 Number of PC
theatres 9 Festival staff xxxx
Thirty Years Of Different
“That the Festival has evolved and grown as it has over the past 30 years is a credit to both our audiences and our artists, who continue to find ways to take risks and open our minds to the power of story.”
—Robert Redford, President & Founder of Sundance Institute
Fun fact: There are 54 first-time feature filmmakers premiering their films during the Festival.
Consumer Media Stats for 2014
- xxxx cinema screens in the US/Canada
- xxxx digital cinema screens in the US/Canada
- xxxx million US households have VOD
- Over xxxx million Netflix members globally
- xxxx million US households have smartphones