Sundance Film Festival 2017: 29 films to watch out for

Is next year's Academy Award winner about to get its big screen debut?

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The cinematic year well and truly kicks off with the legendary Sundance Film Festival

From Boyhood to Reservoir Dogs, Whiplash to Little Miss Sunshine; Sundance has ushered in some of the most unique, fascinating films over the past few years, and this year will hopefully prove no different.

The line-up sees the return of the usual US Competition, World Competition and NEXT categories; alongside the introduction of New Climate, which will showcase stories and conversations based around the environment and climate change. stories and conversations based around the environment and climate change. 

"From the passion and chaos of creativity, independent filmmakers make decisions to harness that energy, break new ground and tell their stories," Robert Redford, President and Founder of stories," Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute, stated. "This year’s Festival reflects every step of that journey, and shows how art can engage, provoke and connect people all over the world."

Sundance can also be an early look-in to some of the films which will later crop up, roughly a year later, during the monstrous hype of awards season; Manchester by the Sea had its very first screening at Sundance last year, before Casey Affleck became a frontrunner for the Best Actor Oscar. 

Here are our picks for 30 films to get excited by.


The Sundance Film Festival runs from the 19 to 29 January.

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