Just before the deluge of reviews coming out of Sundance hits us, let’s make a few Sundance-in-general notes and follow up with a quick look at news of other festivals opening in the next days and weeks. First, it’s likely that you’ll have seen plenty of lists of Sundance 2013 films to be on the lookout for, so I’ll point you to just one, the list of 25 written up by Filmmaker editor Scott Macaulay. Meantime, the Sloan Jury is set (Darren Aronofsky’s on it) and, at Movies.com, Erik Davis notes that you can now watch 12 Sundance Shorts online.
On to Rotterdam, where the program schedule‘s gone live today. The festival opens on January 23 and will close on February 3 with Park Chan-wook’s Stoker. IFFR’s also announced that “Art:Film projects by artists Willie Doherty (UK/Ireland), Sergio Caballero (Spain), Fiona Tan (Netherlands), Rosa Barba (UK) and Pierre Bismuth (USA/France) will be presented at CineMart, discussed during a special meeting with visual arts experts and carried on over the ongoing year to other festivals, markets and workshops.”
The Berlinale (February 7 through 17) will introduce a new series this year, NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema, opening with Zacharias Kunuk’s Atanarjuat The Fast Runner.
“One of the UK’s fastest growing film festivals has unveiled its biggest program,” reports the Telegraph. “Glasgow Film Festival [February 14 through 24] will host six world and 57 UK premieres among its 368 screenings in the city.”
The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art have announced the first seven selections for the 42nd New Directors/New Films Festival (March 20 through 31): Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color, Rachid Djaïdani’s Hold Back, Emil Hristow’s The Color of the Chameleon, Tobias Lindholm’s A Hijacking, Matías Piñeiro’s Viola, Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, and J.P. Sniadecki and Libbie Dina Cohn’s People’s Park.
“South Korea’s Jeonju International Film Festival [April 25 through May 3] has selected filmmakers from Japan, Indonesia and South Korea to put together its annual Jeonju Digital Project,” reports Patrick Frater in Film Biz Asia. “Directors Kobayashi Masahiro, Edwin and Zhang Lü, will each contribute digitally-made segments of 30 minutes to the omnibus feature that will premiere at the festival.”
More on the 2013 lineups: Sundance (rounds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and Slamdance, Rotterdam (rounds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) and Berlin (rounds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9), and SXSW (round 1).
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