The 2015 Sundance Film Festival Guide

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival will take place in Park City, Utah from January 22nd – February 1st, 2015.

This is arguably considered the most important film festival in the Indie film world. Few can only dream of having their film debut at this historical event.

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival Closing Night Award Winners will be revealed Saturday, January 31st. Watch the ceremony live, this Saturday evening!

There were over 12,000 submission received in 2014 for consideration in this year’s competition. Each year the Sundance Film Festival selects over 100 feature films and around 80 short films that will be screened at the 11 festival programs based on six submission categories, U.S. Narrative Feature Films, U.S. Documentary Feature Films, International Narrative Feature Films, International Documentary Feature Films, U.S. Short Films and International Short Films. To submit your film, you must select from one of six submission categories. Submission for the 2016 Festival will open in June, 2015 and close during the last two weeks of September, 2015. If you decide to submit a film to the Sundance Film Festival make sure you take a look at the Rules & Regulations and FAQ documents available on the Sundance Film Festival website.

The Sundance Film Festival started 1978 by Robert Redford as a way to showcase the best independent American films and filmmakers. Close to 50,000 fans each year as well as many Hollywood heavy hitters attend the event each year. The festival has showcased work from artists such as Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Spike Jonze, Debra Granik, Mike Newell and more.

If you can’t make it to Park City this year for the Sundance Film Festival will be streaming live events on Sundance’s website and they will also be posted on their YouTube channel.

2015 Sundance Film Festival – Schedule and films to watch

Click here to see the latest schedule for the 2015 Sundance Festival.  Here are a few of the most highly anticipated films at this year’s 2015 Sundance Film Festival will be Going Clear, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, The Hunting Ground and The D-Train.

Going Clear

Going Clear is a documentary based on Lawrence Wright’s controversial and best-selling book “Going Clear will premiere Sunday night at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Alex Gibney’s it looks at eight former members, their experiences with the church, the controversial religion and the reports of alleged abuse. “Going Clear” will air on HBO beginning March 16.

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, portrait of the famous rock musician and leader of the band Nirvana. Director Brett Morgen takes a look at Cobain’s life through never-before-seen home movies, personal collection of art, music and interviews with his family and friends.

This is the first authorized documentary about Kurt Corbain. It looks at his early years, details his time in the spotlight and provides new insight to fans of Cobain and his music.

The Hunting Ground

“The Hunting Ground”: Film by Kirby Dick exposes how colleges cover up sexual assault and fail to protect its students. One in five women in college are sexually assaulted, yet only a fraction of these crimes are reported, and even fewer result in punishment for the perpetrators. The Hunting Ground, is a documentary that exposes rape on college campuses. Through testimonies, the film examines rape survivors pursuing both an education and justice. This film is sure to raise awareness and be a conversation starter to this national problem.

D-Train

The comedy D-Train will premiere Friday, January 23rd at the Sundance Film Festival.

Jack Black stars as Dan Landsman, an outcast who is the head of his high school reunion committee. To impress his ex-classmates, Dan travels to Los Angeles to track down the most popular classmate and star of a Banana Boat TV commercial, Oliver Lawless (played by James Marsden) to convince him to come to the reunion. Dan risks everything, including his career, marriage and family on his journey to fit in with his old high school class. Directors Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul cover many issues in this film and show us that the desire to accepted goes beyond our years of high school. This film is expected to attract a lot of attention at this years event.

Stay tuned for more updates, winners and success stories from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on indiefilm.org.

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