Sundance Film Festival

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Celebrating a whole host of big-budget-films, genres, film makers and independent films, the Sundance Film Festival is world renowned and draws in over forty-six thousand attendees yearly. The festival serves to showcase the works of a variety of groups all over the world and is held in January every year in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance Resort.


Beginning in August 1978 in Salt Lake City as the Utah/US Film Festival, the event was organized to help attract a greater amount of film makers to the area and was founded through the efforts of members of Utah’s Film Commission, showcasing films such as Deliverance, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Sweet Smell of Success, Mean Streets and Midnight Cowboy.


The festival, although designed to celebrate a range of film pieces from around the world, was still considered highly competitive and featured a full jury of panelists and judges. The following year Sterling Van Wagenen, one of the festival’s founders, left to persue what would become the Sundance Institute which would hold the yearly film festival by the same name. The festival that year would screen over sixty films and featured a range of famous Hollywood filmmakers as panelists. It was also that year that the very first Frank Capra was awarded to Jimmy Stewart and it was the first time that the festival made a profit. In 1981 the festival moved to Park City, Utah and a few years later in 1985, the Sundance institute took over the festival and renamed it aptly in 1991.


Since then, Sundance has had a festival held in London in the O2 in 2012 and has had a range of famous filmmakers make appearances including Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, James Wan, Jim Jarmusch and Kevin Smith. Additionally the festival has drawn in many well-known franchises such as Garden State, Napoleon Dynamite, Reservoir Dogs and Saw and has grown rapidly from a small event into a large-budget venue.




Sundance Film Festival 2014 showcased the Sundance Film Festival Short Films program, which will allow young filmmakers to showcase their talents, the shorts will include The Date, Skinningrove, Irish Folk Furniture, Jonah, Whiplash, Until the Quiet Comes, The Event and K.I.T. The events run from late December to late February each year, appearing in a range of venues all over the world and feature many young individuals wishing to make their mark on the film world and are very often graduates from universities all over the globe.


Many of these institutions are based in Egypt, Africa and Brazil, South America including the Higher Institute of Cinema, the University of Sao Paulo and the Estacio de Sa University. SeekTeachers often has roles involved with teaching these skills to talented young students and has been told that these positions are some of the most fulfilling jobs in the world. To see a list of film teaching roles, check SeekTeacher’s jobs page.


[Sundance: Sundance 2014]