The full line-up of films in the 2018 festival has just been released

Sundance film festival

The Egyptian Theatre, as part of the Sundance Film Festival. Photo by Barnaby Dorfman from Seattle, WA, USA (reduced version of IMG_0996) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

The line-up for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival has been unveiled with 47 first-time filmmakers to be featured.

Carlos Lopez Estrada with Blindspotting and Christina Choe with NANCY are among the filmmakers making their feature film directing debuts in the U.S. Dramatic Competition.

Known for its celebration of independent films, the festival is set to take place in Park City, Utah in January 2018.

The executive director of the Sundance Institute Keri Putnam said in a statement: “We’re proud of the diversity of this year’s lineup; emboldening broader, more inclusive independent voices is a crucial part of our work at the Festival and throughout the year.

“These stories might inspire or move us, even occasionally make us uncomfortable – but they can shift our perspectives, spark conversation and create change.”

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110 independent films from 29 countries have been announced by the Sundance Institute to be screened and entered into various competitions.

Alongside the emphasis on first-time and independent filmmakers, the 2018 Sundance Film Festival will also host the premiere of 100 films.

The directing debut from Luther actor Idris Elba has also been selected for the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. The feature film called Yardie, follows the story of a man with a past that catches up with him ten years after he witnessed his brother’s assassination.

Other notable inclusions are a documentary about Robin Williams called Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind directed by Marina Zenovich and Seeing Allred, a documentary feature on women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred.

More line-up announcements, including the films selected for the short film competition, are set to be announced on the website soon.

The Sundance Film Festival 2018 will take place from January 18-28, 2018.

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