Sundance 2017 Preview: The 3 Narrative Competitions

Festivals Editor; Los Angeles, California (@RylandAldrich)
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It's Sundance time! Yes the indie world's biggest fest kicks off Thursday in snowy Park City, Utah and the SA crew will be on hand to sort through the buzz and bring you the what's what. But before that starts, we'll be adding to the buzz a bit with our own preview series taking a guess at a few of the titles that might be worth checking out at the fest, at future fests, or in your local multiplex/VOD queue over the coming months.

We'll start things off with a quick tour of the narrative competitions. This includes the centerpiece US Dramatic Comp, the World Dramatic Comp, and the increasingly amazing Next section. While Next may not be a juried competition, its Best of Next audience prize has become one of the most coveted take-homes of the fest. Take a look and we'll be back tomorrow with more.


Ben Umstead contributed to this story.

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  • KOF

    The preview is this: every single film in the competitions was either directed, written or produced by a Sundance alum. That's all you need to know. Sundance is a fest for people who've been there before. Cannes has become the same thing. We need fests for NEW voices.

  • Christopher Webster

    Pretty much all of these projects sound like home runs. Who says film is dead?

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