The annual Sundance Film Festival has announced their 2008 lineup for competition (Jan.17-27 Park City, Utah) as well as their Premieres, Spectrum, New Frontier and Park City at Midnight sections. According to reports, this year has brought submissions in record-breaking numbers.
"121 feature-length films were selected including 87 world premieres, 14 North American premieres, and 12 U.S. premieres representing 25 countries with 55 first-time filmmakers, including 32 in competition. These films were selected from 3,624 feature film submissions composed of 2,021 U.S. and 1,603 international feature-length films. These numbers represent an increase from last year when 1,852 U.S. and 1,435 international feature-length films were considered."
- Documentary Competition - selecting 16 films out of 953 entries - each one of them a world premiere.
- Dramatic Competition - 16 films were selected from 1,068 submissions. Each film is a world premiere.
- World Cinema Documentary Competition - 16 films selected from 620 submissions that represent 8 countries
- World Cinema Dramatic Compeition - 16 selections from 983 submissions represent 17 countries
Festival films screen in nine sections: Documentary Competition, Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, Spectrum, New Frontier, Park City at Midnight, and from the Sundance Collection.
Shorts will be announced later this week.