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'Whiplash,' 'Rich Hill' win top honors at Sundance Film Festival

By Piya Sinha-Roy (Reuters) - Musical drama "Whiplash" and documentary "Rich Hill," about inhabitants of a poverty-stricken rural U.S. town, took top honors at the Sundance Film Festival awards on Saturday, a key accolade for independent films to find a wider audience.

Distributors pick up independent films at Sundance to bring them to a theatre near you

PARK CITY, Utah - Most of the 117 feature films screening at this year's Sundance Film Festival were missing just one thing: Distribution. As a showcase for independent cinema, the Sundance festival shows movies made outside the studio system through private financing. Without studio distribution, the festival is often the only place to see these films. But distributors and exhibitors come to the festival in droves, looking for hot properties that will resonate with moviegoers across the country and around the world.

Digital brands woo Sundance filmmakers with new platforms

By Piya Sinha-Roy PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) - When newcomer filmmaker Cutter Hodierne won the Sundance Film Festival special jury prize for his short film on Somali pirates in 2012, he decided to release the movie on video-hosting site Vimeo, charging viewers $1.

Sundance competitor 'Sepideh,'a doc about an Iranian teen with big dreams, gets iTunes release

PARK CITY, Utah - An international documentary in competition at the Sundance Film Festival can already be seen throughout the United States and Canada. Apple's iTunes made "Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars" available for rent or purchase on Tuesday, marking the first time the company has distributed a film while it is still playing at the independent film showcase.

Music takes on different guises at Sundance Film Festival

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Since the early days of film, music has gone hand in hand with movies, but a new crop of filmmakers is using music to explore existential themes of humanity that will be showcased at the annual Sundance Film Festival. "Whiplash," a contender in the U.S. dramatic competition, will kick off Sundance on Thursday and is the first of numerous films that use music as a tool to explore human identity at the festival, held in the Utah ski resort of Park City.

Americas News Agenda for January 16

Duty Editor: Jim Mannion Tel: +1 202 414 0541 What's happening in the Americas on Thursday: + Oscar nominations announced LOS ANGELES: Nominees announced for the 86th annual Academy Awards, the high point of Hollywood's awards season. Oscar statuettes are due to be awarded on March 2. 1330 GMT. Picture. Video (ENTERTAINMENT-US-FILM-OSCARS) -- OTHER AGENDA ITEMS --

Resurgent indie-film biz on show at Sundance Festival

From horror movies to comedies, intimate dramas to powerful documentaries, the 30th Sundance Film Festival opens on Thursday with a diverse field showcasing the resurgence of independent film. The festival in the mountain town of Park City, Utah, which runs until January 26, was founded 30 years ago by Hollywood icon Robert Redford with the aim of providing a platform for independent movies in an American market where the major studios reign supreme.

Resurgent indie-film biz on show at Sundance Festival

From horror movies to comedies, intimate dramas to powerful documentaries, the 30th Sundance Film Festival opens on Thursday with a diverse field showcasing the resurgence of independent film. The festival in the mountain town of Park City, Utah, which runs until January 26, was founded 30 years ago by Hollywood icon Robert Redford with the aim of providing a platform for independent movies in an American market where the major studios reign supreme.

After past Sundance glory, directors return for premieres program

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedies, dramas, thrillers and documentaries exploring notable individuals will lead the 2014 Sundance Film Festival non-competitive premieres program, the annual independent film festival said on Monday. The coveted premieres slot, usually reserved for more seasoned directors, will showcase 17 feature films, several of which are by directors who have gained prior success at Sundance.

Genre-bending, 'unexpected' films top Sundance 2014 lineup

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Genre-bending films dominated the 2014 lineup announced on Wednesday for the U.S. feature film competition at the Sundance Film Festival, the top U.S. festival for independent cinema. The competition will showcase 16 films spanning serious and comedic efforts, with many fusing together the traditional cinematic conventions of different genres.
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