Sundance Film Festival
The USA is where the silver screen was born. Nothing says Hollywood glamour like the old school movie reels of films like Gigi, From Here to Eternity and There's No Business Like Show Business. And who could forget matinee idols like James Dean, Cary Grant and Errol Flynn? They are etched into the conscious of USA life. The films of this era were broadcast all over the world and created a style and mythology which has lingered up until today. Now movie stars are idolised like gods.
The award ceremonies for film stars have a very prodigious background, like the older and more traditional ceremonies like the Oscars to more underground ones. They exude the quintessential style that is so obvious in Hollywood flicks and film noir from the 50s. But one that is particularly important to the film making elite, the glitterati of the sunset strip, is the Sundance Film Festival.
Sundance started out under another moniker in Salt Lake City in '78, and back then it was known as the Utah/US Film Festival. This was more an effort to publicise Utah to potential directors and producers and to advertise its locations for shoots. But it was in '85 when the modern day Sundance we know and love came to fruition after Sterling Van Wagenen took over management and changed the name.
Sundance stands alone, because it is the largest independent cinema festival in the USA. And you can guarantee top quality judges and discernment when even the founder and chairperson is a Hollywood A-lister and legend of the screen, Robert Redford. It has a very good reputation for celebrating the work of American and International filmmakers, particularly work that is not of the mainstream.
The festival occurs annually in the month of January brings together a list of categories for dramatic and documentary movies made in the USA and abroad. Using the Sundance Film Festival as a springboard, the Sundance Institute has done lots of excellent work in the creative community for aspiring filmmakers.