Sundance institute believes in providing exposure to innovative and diverse mindsets. Every year artists from around the world; irrespective of their age, race, and gender showcase their creativity through this film making platform.
Last year Sundance festival 2019 witnessed an increased ratio of artists of color and women as directors. This year, a large number of movies nominated for U.S. Dramatic prize of Sundance film festival 2021 are directed by people of color.
According to the Sundance movie festival competition line up statistics;
53% of the films (9 out of 17 directors for every movie) are directed by non-white artists. For feature films announced in the lineup on Wednesday, out of 118 total films, 40 or more films are directed by filmmakers and artists of color.
Among all four film categories, 65 directors are people of color which makes them 38% of total filmmakers among 56 nominated films.
This leads the graph of non-white filmmakers last year’s performance by 2%. However, as more movies were announced later the full line up statistics showed a little variation. Still, these figures indicate the fair competition among all the innovative filmmakers.
“Blast Beat” directed by Esteban Arango, “Charm City Kings” by Angel Manuel Soto and “Farewell Armor” by Ekwa Msangi are nonwhite creative and hard-working directors taking part in U.S dramatic competition this year.
Last year women directors made their mark in U.S Dramatic competition since 9 out of every 16 movies were directed by them.
Since last year more women have participated and an appreciable increase has been seen this year with 52 films out of 118 being directed by women. Hence 44% of the total film categories have women directors. The numbers might change with the addition of new movies to the competition’s list.
Chances are, this list will beat out last year’s stats where women only directed 39% of the total films. In 2018 37% of all the films were directed by women and only 34% of women directors had participated in the film festival.
Films directed by women include “The 40 Years Old Version” by Radha Blank, “Farewell Armor” by Ekwa Msangi, Eliza Hittman’s “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” Eleanor Wilson and Alex Fischer for the film “Save Yourself!”, Josephine Decker’s “Shirley”, Tara Miele’s “Wander Darkly” and Janicza Bravo’s “Zola”.
The list does not end here, lineup includes new films by skilled female directors like Miranda July, Dee Rees, Sara Colangelo, Amy Ziering, and Julie Taymor.
For (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) LGBTQ+ movies, 5% of the 65 of total directors are LGBTQ+ and 15% from the total film categories are identified as such artists.
Sundance tickets are available online and from box offices near the theaters. Come and enjoy the movies of diverse nature at the 2021 Sundance festival taking place in Park City, Utah from 23rd January to 2nd February.