This page is home to our coverage of the Sundance Film Festival.

The Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the United States, taking place every year in January in Park City, Utah. It was founded in 1978 as the Utah/US Film Festival and re-named the Sundance Film Festival in 1991, after Robert Redford’s character from the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Film School Reject has had the honor of covering Sundance since 2008, two years after our site was founded. Over the years, we’ve discovered a number of amazing films in Park City — from our first review of 2008’s In Bruges to our listing of the 25 Best Sundance Movies of All-Time in 2015 to our 2019 list of the 50 Best Sundance Horror Movie Premieres to our discoveries of Swiss Army Man and Hunt for the Wilderpeople and The Witch at Sundance 2016 — we’ve spent over a decade reviewing hundreds of wonderful independent films.

We have also covered (on numerous occasions) what it’s like to cover Sundance for those who aren’t lucky enough to make the trip. And for those interested in filling their yearly watchlists, we’ve also recapped our favorites with a festival-closing list (in almost every year). Check out our archive of Sundance favorites via the links below:

Explore the entire archives of our annual Sundance Film Festival coverage below:

Sundance 2021: The World To Come

The Frustrating Beauty of ‘The World to Come’


Despite its amazing performances and stunning cinematography, Mona Fastvold’s romantic drama can’t shake off the overdone tropes about lesbian relationships.

Young love in First Date

‘First Date’ Struggles to Make the Case for a Second Chance


First dates can be awkward, especially when they involve dirty cops, stolen cocaine, and guys named Chet.

LaKeith Stanfield in Judas And The Black Messiah

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Offers an Infuriating Glimpse Into History


It’ll make you angry, but sometimes that’s exactly what’s needed.

Sundance 2021: Wild Indian

‘Wild Indian’ Continues a Native Filmmaking Renaissance


Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr.’s first feature film is daring, dark, and dramatic while commenting on some tough subjects regarding the modern Native experience.

Sundance 2021: Pleasure review

‘Pleasure’ is an Unglamorous Look at Breaking Into the Porn Industry


Ninja Thyberg’s expansion of her 2013 short film gives care to an affectingly blunt portrayal of a porn actress.

Nicolas Cage in Prisoners Of The Ghostland

Sion Sono and Nicolas Cage Have Fun in ‘Prisoners of the Ghostland’


You’re either in or out the moment Nicolas Cage’s left testicle explodes, and there is no turning back.

A killer in Coming Home In The Dark

Tension and Terror Join Forces for ‘Coming Home in the Dark’


Survival is sometimes the hardest lesson to learn.

Sundance 2021: Mayday

‘Mayday’ is a War Movie Full of Whimsy and a Bit Too Much Ambition


Karen Cinorre’s film is reminiscent of the work of Wes Anderson but with a violent twist.

Sundance 2021: One For The Road

‘One for the Road’ Takes Us on an Evocative, Soapy Farewell Road Trip


Pure, five-time-distilled heartache overshadows dynamic direction and a banger soundtrack.