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From vampire Western to afrobeat: Sundance 30 years on

This year the festival presents a highly eclectic programme – but why do so few Sundance films make it into cinemas? Tom Brook reports.

Can Sundance live up to its legacy? It’s the 30th year of the film festival, which opened yesterday in Utah.

The showcase for independent cinema is still celebrated for providing an antidote to Hollywood: this year’s line-up features more than 120 full-length films, including adocumentary about Fela Kuti, a film in which Ryan Reynolds talks to pets and cinema’s first Iranian vampire Western.

But is the Sundance approach to distribution flawed? With few of the films shown at the festival each year making it to cinemas, Tom Brook looks at what Sundance means to film-makers today.

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