Sundance Film Festival 2016  – Lights Up Park City in January !

January in Park City means the Sundance Film Festival, and the 2016 event was as entertaining and thought-provoking as ever.

The Sundance Film Festival Egyptian Theatre

The Egyptian Theatre in Park City for the Sundance Film Festival

Since 1978, when the event became a showcase for international independent filmmakers, it has provided the first look at some of the world’s most talked about movies. In that first year, featured films included Midnight Cowboy, Deliverance, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Sweet Smell of Success and Mean Streets. Not a bad start.

The Sundance Film Festival actually arose out of Utah’s desire to encourage filmmaking in the state. When Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute loaned its star power to the organization, it soared, becoming a mecca for independent filmmakers from around the world.

Today, the Sundance Film Festival is considered to be one of the top film festivals in the world. And 2016 did not disappoint.

Sundance 2016 Crowd Pleasers – WINNERS!

Premiering at the event were movies loved by audiences and judges alike.

  • The Birth of a Nation, based on true events, is the story of an American-born slave named Nat Turner who would rise from his preaching role in 1831 Virginia to lead the most successful slave rebellion in United States history.
  • Christine is the story of news anchor, Christine Chubbuck, who committed suicide while on the air in 1974. Christine’s estrangement from colleagues and friends, as well as the struggle to keep up with the fast-paced changes of her job, drive her to take her life in this dramatic piece.
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople is the funny and heartwarming story of a city kid named Ricky sent to live with a foster family in a rural area of New Zealand. Attempts to move Ricky to a yet another foster home sends him and his foster uncle into the bush country where all sorts of adventures and mishaps ensue.

Major 2016 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners:

Sundance Film Festival Park City. Theatres

Sundance Film Festival 2016 Film Winners! Theatres on Main

Actual award winners at the 2016 festival include the following:

Grand Jury Prizes Sundance 2016 – Dramatic

  • S. Grand Jury Prize – Dramatic: The Birth of a Nation
  • Directing Award – U.S. Dramatic: Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan, Swiss Army Man
  • Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award – U.S. Dramatic: Chad Hartigan, Morris From America
  • S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Individual Performance: Melanie Lynskey, The Intervention
  • S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Individual Performance: Craig Robinson, Morris From America
  • S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Performance: Joe Seo, Spa Night
  • S. Dramatic Special Jury Award: As You Are
  • World Cinema Grand Jury Prize – Dramatic: Sand Storm
  • Directing Award – World Cinema Dramatic: Felix van Groeningen, Belgica
  • World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Unique Vision and Design: The Lure
  • World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Screenwriting: Inés Bortagaray and Ana Katz, Mi Amiga Del Parque
  • World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting: Vicky Hernandéz and Manolo Cruz, Between Sea and Land
  • Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize: Embrace of the Serpent

Audience Awards – Sundance Film Festival 2016

  • Audience Award – U.S. Dramatic: The Birth of a Nation
  • Audience Award – U.S. Documentary: Jim: The James Foley Story
  • Audience Award – NEXT: First Girl I Loved
  • Audience Award – World Cinema Dramatic: Between Sea and Land
  • Audience Award – World Cinema Documentary: Sonita

The Places, Party and People of Sundance at Park City

Sundance Film Festival Tickets

The people, party and places of the Sundance Film Festival 2016

Not all of the best action was on the movie screens at the Sundance Film Festival. Park City is a hotbed of night spots, great parties and the place to go to see and be seen. In 2016, some of the hottest tickets included:

  • Village at the Lift, where industry insiders rubbed elbows with film enthusiasts in a huge party tent set up at the base of Main Street. Media giants such as IMDb, WireImage and the Los Angeles Times set up shop set up shop to report on the comings and goings of stars during this amazing event.
  • Indie Lounge was the place to spot celebrities while you jam to live music, sip cocktails and just chill to the film festival vibe. It wasn’t unusual for guests to run into stars like Nicole Kidman, Kristen Stewart, Lily-Rose Depp, Katie Couric and Justin Long, all fans of the lounge.
  • Variety Fandango Studio at Sundance Presented by Dockers was the spot to catch stars such as Casey Affleck, Kyle Chandler, Lena Dunham, Chelsea Handler, Nick Jonas and Kate Beckinsale outfitted in luxury goods such as Dockers khakis and Woolrich Arctic Parkas. Cocktails and desserts were on the menu with the rest of the eye candy.
  • Tao Park City Pop-Up Nightclub teamed up with Don Julio Tequila to rock the Park City nights with celeb DJs like Mel DeBarge, Brody Jenner, Devin Lucien and VICE. Tao partiers have been known to groove with the likes of Margot Robbie, Zoe Kravitz, Joe Manganiello, Kellan Lutz and Zachary Pinto.

The 2017 Sundance Film Festival is definitely something any movie lover will want to check out. It’s never too early to start planning for this fantastic Park City, Utah event.