Sundance 2017 Wrapped

Sundance 2017 was one for the record books. As it often does in the mountains in January, the snow dumped. And then it dumped more -- making our winter wonderland magical but quite a trick to get around. Luckily, our Park City snow removal team stepped up to the challenge to clear the three feet that fell. The independently organized Women's March on Main drew thousands of locals and visitors who walked, chanted, and stood in unity to speak collective truth to power. Power outages and a cyberattack on the Sundance website created additional challenges, but the inspired films, music, VR, panel discussions, networking, and storytelling went on in the true independent spirit of the Festival.

Sundance Institute "believes that stories told by an individual authentic voice can awaken new ideas" and that those ideas can not only entertain and inspire empathy but in certain moments can lead to social change. The 2017 Festival lived up to this vision. At the Closing Night Ceremony hosted by Jessica Williams, the filmmakers of 119 features and 68 shorts were honored for their work. Jurors awarded 27 prizes that reflected the accomplishments of the current voices in independent storytelling. Read more about the award winners and Festival recap here.

FilmHadley Dynak