Where to Watch the Movies of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival

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Another Sundance is over, and it’s time for the general public to join in the fun. While many of the movies that played at this year’s festival won’t be available for a while, at least one title in the program was already streaming before the event had concluded and another was in theaters. More will be hitting the subscription services or the big screen eventually, but where and when? Here is our annual guide to the distribution plans for all the 2020 Sundance selections that are indeed coming soon:

NETFLIX

Miss Americana (Documentary Premieres): Lana Wilson’s Taylor Swift documentary is the aforementioned film that began streaming before the festival’s end. (January 31st)

Horse Girl (Premieres): Alison Brie stars in this drama as a woman whose dreams begin infiltrating her reality. (February 7th)

The Last Thing He Wanted (Premieres): Dee Rees returns to Netflix with this Joan Didion adaptation starring Anne Hathaway as a journalist mixed up in a story involving her father (Willem Dafoe). (February 21st).

Lost Girls (Premieres): This narrative feature from documentarian Liz Garbus stars Amy Ryan as a mother searching for her missing daughter and uncovering a murder case involving sex workers. (March 13th)

Sergio (Premieres): Greg Barker’s drama follows a UN diplomat (Wagner Moura) following the US invasion of Iraq. (April 17th)

Mucho Mucho Amor (US Documentary Competition): Ahead of the festival, Netflix announced their acquisition of this film about famed astrologer Walter Mercado. (Summer 2020)

Crip Camp (US Documentary Competition): This film about a camp for teens with disabilities is the next release from the partnership between Netflix and the Obamas. (TBD)

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‘Dick Johnson is Dead’

Dick Johnson is Dead (US Documentary Competition): Kirsten Johnson’s highly anticipated follow-up to Cameraperson focuses on her own dying father. (TBD)

His House (Midnight): Netflix acquired this horror movie about Sudanese refugees encountering a new evil in an English town ahead of the festival. (TBD)

Into the Deep (World Documentary Competition): This documentary began as a profile of an inventor but then became a true-crime film. (TBD)

Disney+

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (Kids): Tom McCarthy’s adaptation follows the story of an 11-year-old boy and his imaginary friend and partner, who happens to be a polar bear. (February 7th)

Amazon Prime Video

Herself (Premieres): Amazon Studios acquired this drama about a woman and her kids moving forward from an abusive situation and broken housing system. A theatrical release is planned first. (TBD)

Uncle Frank (Premieres): Amazon Studios also acquired this 1970s-set drama about a road trip for a family funeral. A theatrical release is expected first. (TBD)

HULU

Hillary (Special Events): Nanette Burstein’s docuseries about Hillary Clinton features behind the scenes footage of her 2016 presidential campaign. (March 6th)

Bad Hair (Midnight): Hulu paid $8 million for this horror-comedy about a weave with a mind of its own from Dear White People creator Justin Simien. (TBD)

Palm Springs (US Dramatic Competition): Hulu and Neon paid a record amount ($22 million) for this Lonely Island rom-com starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti. (TBD)

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HBO

McMillion$ (Special Events): This docuseries follows the infamous McDonald’s Monopoly game scam in the 1990s. (February 3rd)

Welcome to Chechnya (US Documentary Competition): David France’s doc about the fight for LGBTQ+ rights in Chechnya was picked up by HBO a month before its Sundance premiere. It’s also headed to the Berlin International Film Festival. (June 2020)

Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (Documentary Premieres): This documentary looks back on the life of Natalie Wood, mostly from the perspective of her daughter. (TBD)

On the Record (Documentary Premiere): Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering’s documentary about sexual misconduct accusations made about Russell Simmons was picked up by HBO Max for the new streaming service launching in May. (TBD)

Siempre, Luis (Special Events): This documentary profiles Luis Miranda, father of Lin-Manuel Miranda. (TBD)

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‘The Trade’

Showtime

The Trade (Special Events): Matthew Heineman’s docuseries about sex trafficking aired its first season on Showtime two years ago and is still available through the cable network. Part of the second season is what just debuted at Sundance and will be out soon. (March 6th)

The Go-Go’s (Documentary Premieres): Alison Ellwood’s documentary about the ’80s band The Go-Go’s. (TBD)

Love Fraud (Special Events): Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s docuseries follows a crime of romance involving a man who preyed on women before robbing them. (TBD)

ESPN

LANCE (Special Events): Marina Zenovich’s two-part documentary for 30 for 30 follows the rise and fall of Lance Armstrong. (Spring 2020)

Shudder

La Llorona (Spotlight): This Guatemalan political thriller mixes the La Llorona folktale with a story about a retired general responsible for the genocide of Mayans. (TBD)

Scare Me (Midnight): This comedic horror movie involves two guys telling scary stories that come to life in their Catskills cabin. (TBD)

APPLE TV

Boys State (US Documentary Competition): Apple and A24 paid the record (for docs) amount of $12 million for this film about a mock government in Texas. (TBD)

Vimeo

Broken Orchestra (Shorts): Documentary about the Symphony for a Broken Orchestra project, which fixed hundreds of broken instruments and gave them to students. (Now)

Eli (Shorts): Animated film depicting the true experiences of the filmmaker in the realms of High Strangeness, Magical Thinking, and Manic Delusion. (Now)

How Did We Get Here? (Shorts): Animated film depicting atrophy. (Now)

My Juke-Box (Shorts): Animated French film that’s nostalgic about a jukebox. (Now)

No, I Don’t Want to Dance! (Shorts): Animated film about the dangers of dance. (Now)

Takoyaki Story (Shorts): Animated music video for 1980Yen. (Now)

New York Times Op-Docs

Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business (Shorts): A documentary about the titular 93-year-old artist. (Now)

Nowness

Junior Bangers (Shorts): Documentary about 11-year-old banger racers. (Now)

Tubi

Born Into Brothels (From the Collection): Winner of the Sundance Audience Award 16 years ago, this Oscar-winning documentary returned to Sundance for a special screening. It’s already available in many places for home viewing, including streaming free with ads on Tubi. (Now)

Realeyz

High Art (From the Collection): Lisa Cholodenko’s gay romantic drama won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance 22 years ago and returned to the festival for a special screening. It’s already available in many places for home viewing, including the subscription streaming service Realeyz. (Now)

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THEATERS

The Assistant (Spotlight): Kitty Green’s drama based on testimonials from employees of Harvey Weinstein stars Julia Garner as the titular character and is distributed by Bleecker Street Media. (January 31st)

Daughter (Shorts): A current Oscar nominee for Best Animated Short, this film screens theatrically with the program of all the contenders. (January 31st)

And Then We Danced (Spotlight): Sweden’s Oscar submission this year wasn’t nominated, but at least the romantic drama set in the world of competitive dance is hitting US theaters anyway, courtesy of Music Box Films. (February 7th)

Downhill (Premieres): Nat Faxon and Jim Rash‘s English-language remake of Force Majeure, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell in a deteriorating marriage during a ski trip, goes wide on Valentine’s Day courtesy of Disney’s Searchlight Pictures. (February 14th).

Wendy (Premieres): From filmmaker Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and Disney’s Searchlight Pictures, this fantastical drama offers a modern take on the Peter Pan story. (February 28th)

Never Rarely Sometimes Always (US Dramatic Competition): Focus Features went into the festival with this drama about teen girls taking a trip to New York City so that one of them can have an abortion. (March 13th)

The Climb (Spotlight): Sony Pictures Classics is releasing this Cannes-winning drama of male friendship written and directed by and starring Michael Angelo Covino. (March 20th)

Charm City Kings (US Dramatic Competition): Angel Manuel Soto’s drama about a teen joining a Baltimore midnight dirtbike club, which was co-written by Barry Jenkins and based in part on the documentary 12 O’Clock Boys, will be put out by Sony Pictures Classics. (April 10th)

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Promising Young Woman (Premieres): Focus Features is releasing this revenge drama starring Carey Mulligan as the titular character who goes after “nice guys” who take advantage of drunk women. (April 17th)

Dream Horse (Premieres): Toni Collette stars in this remake of the documentary Dark Horse that Bleecker Street Media is putting out. (May 1st)

Identifying Features (Sin Señas Particulares) (World Dramatic Competition): Kino Lorber picked up this Mexican migrant drama for release in theaters followed by their own VOD service. (Summer 2020)

Assassins (Documentary Premieres): Magnolia Pictures acquired this documentary about the weird 2017 assassination of the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. (TBD)

Bad Hair (Midnight): Hulu paid $8 million for this horror-comedy about a weave with a mind of its own from Dear White People creator Justin Simien. A theatrical release is planned ahead of its streaming debut. (TBD)

Boys State (US Documentary Competition): A24 and Apple paid the record (for docs) amount of $12 million for this film about a mock government in Texas. (TBD)

The Fight (Us Documentary Competition): Magnolia Pictures acquired this documentary about ACLU lawyers fighting Trump policies. (TBD)

Herself (Premieres): Amazon Studios acquired this drama about a woman and her kids moving forward from an abusive situation and broken housing system. (TBD)

I Carry You with Me (NEXT): Documentarian Heidi Ewing makes her narrative directorial debut with this gay love story, which Sony Pictures Classics acquired during the festival. (TBD)

Ironbark (Premieres): Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions picked up this Cold War espionage drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rachel Brosnahan. (TBD)

Kajillionaire (Premieres): Miranda July’s latest quirky drama, about a family that pulls heists, was picked up by Focus Features. (TBD)

Minari (US Dramatic Competition): A24 is putting out this drama about a Korean family who move to a farm in Arkansas in the 1980s. (TBD)

The Night House (Midnight): Disney’s Searchlight Pictures acquired this thriller starring Rebecca Hall as a widow who discovers some disturbing secrets about her late husband for $12 million. (TBD)

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Palm Springs (US Dramatic Competition): Neon and Hulu paid a record amount ($22 million) for this Lonely Island rom-com starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti. (TBD)

Possessor (World Dramatic Competition): Well Go USA Entertainment will release Brandon Cronenberg’s latest about assassins who take over other people’s bodies for their hits. (TBD)

Rebuilding Paradise (Documentary Premieres): Ron Howard’s documentary about the aftermath of the devasting wildfires that wiped out Paradise, California, will be released by National Geographic later this year. (TBD)

Run Sweetheart Run (Midnight): Universal Pictures is set to distribute this Blumhouse horror movie about a woman trying to get home after a violent date. (TBD)

The Truffle Hunters (World Documentary Competition): Sony Pictures Classics paid $1.5 million for this doc about rare truffles and the men who know how to find them. (TBD)

Uncle Frank (Premieres): Amazon Studios acquired this 1970s-set drama about a road trip for a family funeral. (TBD)

Zola (US Dramatic Competition): A24 is releasing this drama based on a Twitter thread about a wild road trip embarked by a stripper and a sex worker. (TBD)

Christopher began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called 'Read,' back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials.