Sundance 2009


Last night’s Golden Globes kicked off the award season in Hollywood, and in just a few days an alternative to Hollywood, Sundance Film Festival will begin. The non-profit Sundance Organization throws the event to advance the work of independent artists in film, theatre, and film music, and films are categorized by drama, short film, and documentary. The annual event founded in 1985 has continued to highlight each year’s newest filmmaking talent and is filled with live music, panel discussions led by filmmaking industry leaders, and parties. The Festival selects 200 films for exhibition from more than 9,000 submissions. More than 50,000 people attend the screenings in twelve theaters in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Included in the list of official Sundance theatres is Robert Redford’s resort, also named Sundance. The 5,000-acre destination recently ranked second in the country by Conde Nast Traveler’s reader poll. So, if you’re torn where to stay, the Redford compound might be the best venue.