Check This Out: Sundance 2014 By the Numbers Financial Infographic
We're now one week away from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival kicking off, which means most of the film industry is getting in the Sundance mood once again. The festival just announced another late addition - the music documentary Lambert & Stamp, in which the filmmakers "set out to search for a subject for their underground movie, leading them to discover, mentor, and manage the iconic band known as The Who and create rock 'n' roll history." Sounds like it could be good. In the meantime, with the festival entering its 36th year, Cultural Weekly & Entertainment Media Partners have launched an infographic breaking down "Sundance 2014 By the Numbers", focusing on the financial side of things including funding and box office.
In terms of numbers, a total of around 400K people worked on the feature films submitted. Roughly 46,000 people attend Sundance every year in the small town of Park City. This year, Sundance will present 120 feature-length films, representing 37 countries & 54 first-time filmmakers, including 35 in competition.
There has always been an endless discussion about the success and impact of Sundance films, and whether they can truly break out and earn money, or whether they just continue to represent the independent spirit of the industry. In recent years, ever since Saw became such a big hit, there have been a few breakouts that either go on to Oscar glory or major earnings. Then again, not everything breaks out, and some films end up getting forgotten about quickly despite the buzz at the festival. This infographic paints a very interesting picture of the festival and how it works, especially in terms of the money and people. Nonetheless, I still love the festival and can't wait to return every year and discover more great films. Our coverage starts next week.