As the Sundance Film Festival kicks off its 32nd year, we bring you 10 facts about Sundance.
- The first Utah/U.S. Film Festival took place in August 1978 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- In 1985, Sundance Institute took control of the U.S. Film Festival. They expanded the festival to 10 days and shifted focus to American independent and international films.
- One of the first films to be screened at Sundance was Blood Simple, the debut feature from the Coen brothers.
- The Sundance Film Festival takes place each January in and around Park City, Utah.
- The Festival’s programmers briefly considered making it a “celebration” of American Independent film by eliminating the competition aspect.
- In 1991, the festival was official renamed the Sundance Film Festival and the Park City at Midnight section was introduced.
- The Sundance Online Film Festival was launched in 2001 and received over 3.3 million hits.
- Graffiti artist, Banksey payed the festival a surprise visit in 2010 with hidden film-themed street art.
- Between 1985 and 2013, approx. 20 million feet of 35mm film were screened at the Festival. Enough to reach from New York to Paris.
- One of the biggest myths about the festival is that it was founded by Robert Redford. Though he was involved from the beginning and played a large part in nurturing its development, the festival was actually founded by Sterling van Wagenen (who worked for Redford at the time) and John Earle.