Having weathered two previous editions lost to the pandemic in 2021 and 2022, along with what felt a declining attendance last year and Tabitha Jackson short but sweet stint at the top, it appears that the Sundance Film Festival (January 18 – January 28, 2024) might still be facing a tense situation. As Robert Redford’s pioneering event approaches its 40th anniversary next year, Festival Director Eugene Hernandez and Director of Programming Kim Yutani are undoubtedly keeping their fingers crossed for a resolution between SAG-AFTRA and the studios. If extended, it could impact the festival in terms of the hype machine and … it could throw a wrench in some of the films featured in our guesses.
Welcome to our annual Sundance Film Festival predictions list where we fine-tooth comb through hundreds of American indie film offerings across budgets of all sizes while adding a dollop of international titles for what are 70 fiction film prognostications. As per usual, we’ll give you the gist of each project, who the main producers are, the attached distributor or sales agent info (domestic/international when applicable) and finally the section we think it might be the best fit in.
We express our gratitude to the fantastic team at the American Film Festival in Wroclaw, who have extended their support to us once more. Their unwavering dedication to nurturing the next generation of American indie filmmakers mirrors our own commitment. It’s worth mentioning that they are about to kick off their 14th edition, with the opening film, Dream Scenario by Kristoffer Borgli — one of our faves from this year’s TIFF. Additionally, the US in Progress initiative is playing a crucial role by providing essential assistance to eight projects in their final stages of achieving a polished final cut. As Sundance programmers are finalizing their line-up and sending out some congratulatory phone calls, we’ll be unveiling our predictions in a slow and steady manner. Enjoy!