One of the best ways to make the winter more interesting is to take in the popular Sundance Film Festival that’s held in the American state of Utah, which will be running from Jan 20th to 30th, 2011. The famous festival showcases the very best in American and international independent cinema. The event takes place in Park City, Ogden, Salt Lake City, and Sundance. The popular film categories are drama, documentary, and short films.

Sundance is now recognized as the biggest independent film festival in America. The festival hosts competitive sections for short and feature-length films as well as several non-competitive areas. The roots of the festival can be traced back to 1978 when it was known as the Utah/US Film Festival when actor Robert Redford and some of his friends and colleagues got together to discuss film-related topics. The event has grown in leaps and bounds over the years.

In fact the name of the festival refers to Redford’s character in the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and it was renamed in 1991. There have been numerous famous winners at the festival and the event has introduced some of the best in the business from around the world.

These include independent filmmakers such as Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, and Edward Burns. Some of the films introduced have been Saw, The Blair Witch Project, Reservoir Dogs, Thank You for Smoking, Clerks, El Mariachi, and Sex, Lies, and Videotape.

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