Sundance Film Festival opens in Utah

Robert Redford attends the Sundance Channel launch party at the Telefonica store on November 26, 2012, in Madrid, Spain.</p>

Robert Redford attends the Sundance Channel launch party at the Telefonica store on November 26, 2012, in Madrid, Spain.

The Sundance Film Festival opened on Thursday in Park City, Utah.

The showcase for independent film was founded by Robert Redford in 1985. In recent years, the festival has attracted a more mainstream audience and is now a major stomping ground for Hollywood A-listers, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Each January, Sundance "takes over" Park City, Utah for 10 days with a host of writers, director and celebrities, CBS News reported.

This is its 11th year.

"I never dreamed the festival would reach this degree. It's not quite the same as when we first started," Redford told the Associated Press. "It's become like a monster's ball. I'm not displeased about it. But it gets more and more difficult. It's wonderful on one hand, and it's monstrous on the other hand."

Some of the most anticipated films debuting at the festival this year include: director Joshua Michael Stern's film biography "jOBS" about Apple's Steve Jobs and "Lovelace" about porn star Linda Lovelace. Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe plays Allen Ginsberg in "Kill Your Darlings" and Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy star in Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight."