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Sundance competition lineup revealed

Nan Chalat Noaker, The Park Record

The Sundance Institute has released this year’s highly anticipated list of U.S. and World Competition films. The Midnight, NEXT and Frontier collections have also been announced and the Premieres section will be revealed Monday.

That means local film fans need to begin planning their festival strategies. The 2016 Sundance Film Festival, just over a month away, takes place Jan. 21 to 31.

Even though, at this point, buying tickets for specific screenings may be based on work schedules as much as the films’ subject matter, it is time to review the lists and pick some that sound intriguing. Locals who previously purchased passes will be assigned time slots to buy tickets for specific screenings on Dec. 16.

On Jan. 14 ticket sales open up to all other locals who will get an advanced window to purchase individual tickets online.

And here is another important date to remember: On Jan. 16, locals can pick up free Best of Fest and Townie Tuesday tickets. There is only a limited number available and the line typicallforms early in the morning. The screenings take place on the Monday after the festival ends and feature, if not the winners, some of the most popular films. For more details go to: http://www.sundance.org/festivals/sundance-film-festival/get-tickets .

According to this week’s flurry of announcements from Sundance, programmers screened more entries than ever before, 12,793 submissions. Of those, 120 from 37 countries were selected to be screened at the festival. True to the institute’s mission to cultivate new, independent voices in the industry, 48 of the successful entries are from first-time filmmakers.

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A few attention grabbers in the competition list include the U.S. Dramatic film "The Birth of A Nation" directed by Nate Parker. The film, set in south before the Civil War, revolves around Turner’s effort to free his people. Parker and Armie Hammer are among the lead actors. On the documentary side, director Josh Fox (responsible for the break out enviro documentary "Gasland") has a new film, "How To Let Go Of the World" about climate change.

As always the World and U.S. Dramas and Documentaries tackle the gamut of headline making issues including sexual harassment ("Audrie & Daisy), poverty ("The Bad Kids"), ISIS ("Jim"), evolving gender identities ("Kiki") and abortion ("Trapped").

For the lineup in each of the categories that have been released so far, go to:

NEW FRONTIER FILMS

SUNDANCE COMPETITION FILMS

NEXT FILMS

MIDNIGHT FILMS