Sundance Institute founder Robert Redford announced the launch of a documentary premiere section at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival that he says will be ‘a nod to the continued evolution of non-fiction film.’
Posting in the Sundance Festival blog, Redford said he was ‘excited about the changes that John Cooper and I have discussed over the past several months’ – changes that include the doc premiere section, as well as ‘a festival opening that isn’t focused on a single film but includes docs and narratives by U.S. and international filmmakers, along with a program of shorts.’
During a press conference at MIPCOM in October held to commemorate the first anniversary of the Sundance Channel in Europe, Redford, a long-time advocate of the documentary genre through his own film career and his work with the Sundance Institute, told realscreen and assorted media, ‘I think the world of documentaries and will continue to push their opportunities.’
The Sundance Film Festival will be revealing its line-up next week, with competition films to be announced on December 1, and non-competition titles on December 2. The festival kicks off on January 20. Stay tuned to realscreen for more info.