The Sundance Film Festival 2019 has several films sold alreadyby Shanaya Ghosh January 30 2019, 9:03 pm Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins, 21 secs
The 2019 Sundance Film Festival began on January 24 and is scheduled to run through February 3 2019. The annual film festival is designed to showcase filmmaking talent from both American and International independent filmmakers having debuted film from some of indie cinema’s most renowned figures over the last 30 years.
In 2018, the Festival drew 124,900 attendees from 49 U.S. states and 26 other countries, generated $191.6 million in economic activity, supporting 3,323 local jobs. For the 2019 Festival, 117 feature-length films have been chosen, representing 33 countries and 45 first-time filmmakers.
In comparison to last year, this year’s festival is predicted to be more fast-paced with several films having already been sold, including Mindy Kaling’s ‘Late Night’ for $13 million along with ‘The Report’ to Amazon Studios for approximately $14 million. British Filmmaker Gurinder Chadha’s ‘Blinded by the Light’ was also sold to New Line for $15 million, whilst Shia LaBeouf’s ‘Honey Boy’ and Julianne Moore’s ‘After the Wedding’ are still up for grabs.
Films at the Sundance-2019 (IndieWire)
The Richard Wright adaptation ‘Native Son’ was sold to HBO films before it premiered, along with ‘The Farewell’ and Tilda Swinton’s ‘The Souvenir’ sold to a24, and Ryan White’s documentary ‘Ask Dr. Ruth’ to Hulu. Additionally, HBO Films in association with a24 bought the rights to Pippa Bianco’s debut film ‘Share’, whilst Neon and Hulu came together to buy ‘Little Monsters’. Neon further acquired the rights to ‘The Lodge’ for just under $2 million, whereas Bleeker Street and Sony Pictures Classic bought debut feature film ‘The Tomorrow Man’ and ‘Where’s my Roy Cohn’, respectively.
This year’s ‘U.S. Dramatic Competition’ category sees 53% of the films directed by women, 41% by people of colour, and 18% by people who identify as LGBTQIA+, whilst the ‘U.S. Documentary Competition’ category has 44% of its films directed by women; 22% by people of colour, and 5% by people belonging to the LGBTQIA+ community.
This year’s films were selected from a record breaking high of 14,259 submissions including 4,018 feature-length films. Of the feature film submissions, 1,767 were from the U.S. and 2,251 were international; 31% were directed by one or more women; 38% were directed by one or more filmmaker of colour; 11% by one or more people who identify as LGBTQIA. In total, 91% of the line-up will be world premieres.
Director of the Sundance Film Festival, John Cooper stated that, “These films and artists tell the truth: whether documentaries that illuminate hidden histories or fiction features that spotlight diverse, human experiences, this year’s slate is layered, intense and authentic.”
The next Sundance Film Festival will take place from January 23 to February 2, 2020.