In August of 1978 in Salt Lake City, UT, the very first Sundance Film Festival was held. Then, it was known as the Utah/US Film Festival and was organized with the purpose of enticing filmmakers to shoot in the Beehive State. Chaired by Robert Redford and founded by Sterling Van Wagenen, John Earle, and Cirina Hampton Catania, the festival showcased American-made films and drew interest to the independent industry that worked in the shadow of Hollywood.
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Forty-years-later, the coveted film festival is still being held with its 2018 program taking place between Jan. 18 through Jan. 28, 2018. Hosted by the Sundance Institute, the film festival will be held in Park City, the Eccles, Egyptian, MARC, and Pro UT across more than 20 theaters. Attendees of the festival will be able to watch dramas, world documentaries, world premiere movies, shorts, and more across 20 different movie theaters.
In Park City, Sundance films will be shown at the following theaters in Park City and Salt Lake City including Eccles Theater, Egyptian Theater, The MARC, The Ray, Temple Theater, The Grand, Tower Theater, The Grand, and even at the Salt Lake City Public Library.
The Sundance Film Festival 2018 Headquarters, the central location where filmmakers can find their schedule and members of the press can find the 2018 press kit, will be at the Park City Marriott. Other locations to keep in mind are the Festival Co-op at 608 Main St., where vendors and sponsors will offer demonstrations and free samples; the Sundance ASCAP Music Café at 751 Main St.; and the Festival Lounge at Copper Common at 111 E. Broadway.
More than 100 different films will be showcased at Sundance Film Festival 2018 across five different categories – U.S. Dramatic, U.S. Documentary, Premieres, World Cinema Dramatic, and Indie Episodic. Among the films looking to win in their respective categories include Blaze by Ethan Hawke, Eighth Grade by Bo Burnham, Hal by Amy Scott, The Price of Everything by Nathaniel Kahn, The Happy Prince by Rupert Everett, and Private Life by Tamara Jenkins.