Each January, in between the action flicks and swanky award ceremonies, indie film aficionados convene in Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival for 10 days of movies from the freshest cinematic voices working both within the U.S. and internationally. Founded in 1981 by actor/director Robert Redford, Sundance has become the premiere film festival for featuring the finest outside-the-box films and talent, and this year's showcase is no different. With a slate that includes 117 feature-length films and names such as Spike Lee, Sean Penn, Melissa Leo, Jesse Eisenberg and even funny guys Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, the 2012 Sundance Film Festival might just be the long-running fest's strongest year yet.The festival, which kicked off Thursday, Jan. 19 with a screening of the dramady "Hello I Must Be Going," runs through Jan. 29.
Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni
Written By: Derek Connolly
Directed By: Colin TrevorrowCountry: U.S.A.
Cast: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson, Kerry Condon, Harry Dean Stanton
Written By: Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello
Directed By: Paolo SorrentinoCountry: Italy/France/Ireland
Cast: Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joshua Jackson, Laura Prepon
Written By: D.V. DeVincentis
Directed By: Stephen FrearsCountry: U.S.A.
Cast: Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, Katie Aselton
Written By: Mark Duplass
Directed By: Katie AseltonCountry: U.S.A.
Cast: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Zach Galifianakis, Will Forte
Written and Directed By: Tim Heidecker, Eric WareheimCountry: U.S.A.
Cast: Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Chris Messina, Ari Graynor, Emma Roberts, Elijah Wood
Written By: Rashida Jones, Will McCormack
Directed By: Lee Toland KriegerCountry: U.S.A.
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo, Tracy Morgan, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Sarah Ramos, Emma Rayne Lyle
Written and Directed By: Phil Dorling, Ron NyswanerCountry: U.S.A.
Cast: Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mike Birbiglia
Written and Directed By: Lynne SheltonCountry: U.S.A.
Cast: Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, John Magaro, Elizabeth Reaser
Written and Directed By: Josh RadnorCountry: U.S.A.
Cast: Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Elizabeth Olsen, Toby Jones, Leonardo Sbaraglia
Written and Directed By: Rodrigo CortésCountry: U.S.A./Spain
Cast: Parker Posey, Eric Mabius, Annie Parisse, Josh Pais, Cheyenne Jackson, Edward Herrmann
Written and Directed by: Michael WalkerCountry: U.S.A.
Cast: Paul Dano, Jon Heder, Jena Malone, Margarita Levieva, Shaylena Mandigo, Julian Gamble
Written and Directed By: So Yong KimCountry: U.S.A.
Cast: Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alex NahonWritten and Directed By: Julie Delpy
Cast: Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough, Aidan Gillen, Domhnall Gleeson, Gillian Anderson
Written By: Tom Bradby
Directed By: James MarshCountry: United Kingdom