With 2023 in the rearview (have you perused our Year in Review yet?), the first pages are turned on a fresh calendar: twelve months of enticing new features for us to open our hearts and souls to. The frigid air of Park City, Utah is never more inviting than in late January, when the independent-forward Sundance Film Festival rolls into town. The Letterboxd mic will be on the ground, so if you’re also there keep an eye out for us in a chilly queue, an early morning bistro or late-night club. We’ll be online, too, as Sundance is one of the few major fests post-pandemic to still offer on-demand access (for those geographically in the US).
The aim is to watch as many of the year’s new indie films as possible between frenzied shuttles and meager minutes of sleep. Based on available intelligence, first-look images and what we know of the filmmaking teams behind this year’s titles, Adesola Thomas, Katie Rife, Leo Koziol, Mitchell Beaupre and Alejandra Martinez round up what they’re looking forward to the most from this year’s fest. Although, of course, part of the fun of any festival is the element of surprise. We’ll know soon enough which picture is going to have us thinking about it all year long.