The Sundance Institute today announced the 56 films that will be playing in competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the 30th Anniversary of the annual Park City film celebration that will end up with 117 films total, all to be announced in the next few days.
Some of the standouts in the U.S. Dramatic Competition, the festival section that's produced a number of movies that have gone on to huge acclaim, both at the box office and during awards season include Justin Simien's Dear White People
, an extension of his viral short film; Cold in July
, the latest venture from Jim Mickle and Nick Damici (Stakeland
); Camp X-Ray
starring Kristen Stewart, Joe Swanberg's Happy Christmas
; the comedy Life After Beth
starring Aubrey Plaza; and The Skeleton Twins
, starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig.