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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Kevin Smith & Co.’s Holidays


While TIFF is more inclusive to programming them, Sundance is not one to shy away from anthology horror films of the V/H/S type, so perhaps they’ll be looking to get into the holiday spirit with horror comedy vignette package aptly called Holidays. Among the group of filmmakers contributing to the project Adam Egypt Mortimer (Some Kind of Hate), Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes), Anthony Scott Burns (Manifold), Matt Johnson (The Dirties), Kevin Kolsch (Starry Eyes), Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact), Gary Shore (Dracula Untold), Kevin Smith, Sarah Adina Smith (The Midnight Swim) and Scott Stewart (Priest) we do find former Sundance attendees. Announced in the trades back in February and saw this set-visit write-up in April, this divided up pie is likely ready to bang out some holiday cheer and easter egg hunt glee.

Gist: This is a group of subversive tales fashioned around globally recognized celebrations like Christmas, Easter, Halloween and Mother’s Day.

Production Co.: Distant Corners Ent. John Hegeman, Tim Connors and Adam Egypt Mortimer with XYZ’s Kyle Franke and Aram Tertzakian. Executive prod: Will Rowbotham, Andrew Barrer and Gabe Ferrari, XYZ’s Nate Bolotin and Nick Spicer. ArtCastle Productions’ Gary Shore and Jonathan Loughran.

Prediction: The only possibility is the Park City at Midnight section. Update: Section was announced. Chances are slim.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic). TBD (international)

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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