Hollywood is relocating — or at least it seems that way — to Park City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival (Jan. 18 – 28). Since 1985, the indie festival has been one of the industry’s favorite places to shop for new talent, and not just because execs can ski between screenings. Sundance has regularly showcased movies that have later become hits with both critics and audiences, including such competition winners as ”You Can Count On Me” (now in theaters), ”The Brothers McMullen,” Todd Solondz’s ”Welcome to the Dollhouse,” and the Coen Brothers’ ”Blood Simple.”
But most studio execs are hungering to snap up the rights to a surprise blockbuster like the 1999 Sundance entry that didn’t win anything at all: ”The Blair Witch Project,” which raked in $140 million. This year’s most buzzed about entries (below, in alphabetical order) may not be able to scare up that kind of money at the box office, but if they live up to the hype, they’ll be playing at a theater near you sooner than you think.