Sundance Film Festival, a veritable Academy Award factory

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The annual Sundance Film Festival, held in Park City, showcases the work of American and international independent filmmakers. The festival showcases both feature films and short films, premieres and more.

The Film Festival started as a way to support and inspire independent filmmakers all across the globe and, more importantly, to get their movies made. However, the festival now has taken on a life of its own, and has become a veritable Academy Award factory.

And it’s not just movies; Sundance has built so many careers over the years (Ryan Coogler, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Miles Teller, and many more). Then there’s Jennifer Lawrence, who happens to be among Hollywood’s highest-paid actress. Years back, Sundance had featured Lawrence’ movie “Winter’s Bone”. Winter’s Bone was arguably the runaway hit of the festival – it won the Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic Film (basically the Best Picture of Sundance) and secured distribution by Roadside Attractions.

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