The 2014 Sundance Film Festival kicks off today, January 16, and it’s another year where many first-time filmmakers as well as Sundance vets make the trek to Park City, Utah, to show off their latest movie. As always, there are a number of exciting premieres, either due to who is involved behind the camera or the talent in front of it, and sadly, the Weekend Warrior isn’t able to make it out this year, so he’ll just have to watch from afar and see what gets buzz.
Last year was a good year for the festival with movies like Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station and the comedy The Way Way Back both being picked up for distribution and doing quite well at the box office. There were other movies that didn’t fare nearly as well but still made quite a mark over the course of the year.
In the gallery below, we take a look at 26 films premiering or screening at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, some of them in competition, some not, but all of them sound interesting and are likely to create buzz with their first screenings. In some cases, you can click on the title and see more pictures from each film.
One movie that we didn’t include but wish we had was Richard Linklater’s long-in-the-works Boyhood, starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, a coming-of-age film that they had been filming on and off for 12 years and was recently announced to premiere at Sundance, following last year’s Before Midnight. It was added too late to include and we don’t even have a picture from it to include in the gallery.
And that’s pretty much what we’re looking forward to out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, although in most cases we’ll probably be waiting a few months before we’ll actually have a chance to see any of them as many of the movies mentioned above don’t even have distribution as of yet. Stay tuned to ComingSoon.net’s Sundance Blog for updates on distribution pick-ups and the like and maybe we’ll even grab a couple of the more interesting reviews out there to see if any of the movies we mentioned live up to our expectations.