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Make Your Movie by Barbara Freedman Doyle

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Chapter 26

Festivals

Once upon a time, there were only a handful of film festivals. There was the ultraglamorous Cannes Film Festival, there were Venice, Berlin, and Karlovy Vary (in the Czech Republic). There were smaller, more niche festivals, and journalists, critics, filmmakers, and fans knew all about them. But to Hollywood and the general population, film festivals were not such a big deal. Then, in the late 1970s, came the Toronto International Film Festival, and very soon after that, Sundance.

Sundance began its life as the very small U.S. Film Festival and became the Sundance we’ve all heard of in the early 1980s, soon after it was taken over by Robert Redford. As Sundance became a success, lots of other festivals cropped up, and many ...

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