Sundance Film Festival

Sundance goes virtual over Covid concerns

The 2022 Sundance Film Festival will be moving to a fully online event due to concerns around the impact of the Covid-19 Omicron variant. US-based non-profit arts organisation The Sundance Institute had previously hoped to run the annual festival as a hybrid event, with attendees expected to head to Utah later this month. Organisers explained […]

News round-up: Banijay Asia expands; Sundance names Film Festival director; Romania’s ‘Vlad’ travels

Banijay strikes Kamal Haasan deal Banijay Asia has unveiled plans to collaborate with India’s Turmeric Media Networks and actor/politician Kamal Haasan on new content. The partnership will see Banijay Asia, Turmeric and Haasan create long and short-form shows across OTT and television. Banijay’s Asian division was launched in 2018 under Deepak Dhar and has worked […]

TBI Weekly: Netflix’s record doc deal reveals “hunger” for youth-skewing fare

Netflix knocked down the house this week, dishing out a record-breaking $10m for a high-profile doc on newly appointed US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, more commonly known as AOC – revealing a growing drive towards youth-targeting feature docs.  The sale for Rachel Lear’s Knock Down The House out of Sundance last week is the most lucrative doc […]

Sundance kicks off with deals for US cable networks

A host of factual deals have been announced during the Sundance Film Festival in 2018, including acquisitions for Starz and original shows for the event’s affiliated network, SundanceTV. The latter has invested further into true crime by greenlit three new docuseries. The Road to Jonestown, is from Appian Way and Stephen David Entertainment. Ministry of […]

Netflix in buying mode at Sundance

Netflix has had a busy Sundance, acquiring new docs and features from the ongoing film festival in Utah. It has bought Icarus, a feature doc in which endurance cyclist Bryan Fogel taking performance enhancing medication to find out the effects of doping in cycling. In the course of his programme, however, Fogel uncovers a Russian […]

AMC/Sundance Channel buys festival fare

AMC/Sundance Channel Global has made a raft of independent film acquisitions from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival that will premiere exclusively on the Sundance Channel this spring. US drama Drunktown’s Finest has been acquired for France, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Benelux, Iberia and Asia (excluding Malaysia); while Chile-France copro To Kill a Man will air […]

Netflix launching Mitt Romney doc

As it continues to push into original factual programming, Netflix will release Mitt in late January. The original doc is a behind the scenes look at Mitt Romney’s unsuccessful run for US president last year. Netflix will release the one-off doc in the US and across its international footprint on January 24. It is made […]

Sundance Channel picks up raft of Sundance movies

Sundance Channel Global has picked up five Sundance Film Festival movie titles. It has acquired Computer Chess (pictured), Halley, I Used to be Darker, It Felt Like Love and This is Martin Bonner and will show them throughout Europe and Asia in conjunction with the second annual Sundance London Film & Music Festival in late […]

Robert Redford eyes Rio as international Sundance Festival venue

Robert Redford has told TBI that the success of the London edition of his Sundance Film Festival has encouraged him to look at taking it elsewhere internationally and he is particularly keen on Brazil as a venue. Sundance London launched last year, in partnership with entertainment and venues firm AEG. In an exclusive interview Redford […]