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Sundance unspools ’01 fest due dates

Annual fest slated for Jan. 18-28

Gearing up for next year’s edition of the Sundance Film Festival, fest directors have announced the due dates for feature film entries, Oct. 6, and short films, Sept. 29.

Pics in the indie feature competition must be U.S. premieres that are independently produced with at least 50% U.S. financing and were completed no earlier than October 1999. Running time for dramatic entries must be no less than 70 minutes, docu features no less than 50 minutes.

All films entered are also eligible for the American Spectrum category, a noncompetitive section for independent films; the Frontier section, which features works that challenge traditional modes of narrative filmmaking; or the Park City at Midnight series, spotlighting the imaginative and the outrageous.

Dramatic and docu competition films are eligible for such awards as the grand jury prize, the cinematography award, the filmmakers trophy and the directors’ award.

In addition, films selected in the dramatic category will be competing for a screenwriters award and films in the documentary category will be competing for the Freedom of Expression Award.

In the short film category, dramatic films under 70 minutes and docus under 50 minutes are eligible for screening. Shorts under 30 minutes in length will compete for the jury prize in short filmmaking.

Deadline for foreign features is Oct. 6. Foreign features will be considered for World Cinema, a program of international feature films, as well as for Frontier and Park City at Midnight. Films selected for World Cinema will compete for the world audience award. A jury prize in Latin American cinema will be presented to a film from Latin America.

Sundance’s Online Film Festival will showcase films produced and developed specifically for the web. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 29.

Once again, Sundance will present the Piper-Heidsieck Tribute to Independent Vision. The award recognizes the original voice and vision of an independent film artist.

The 11-day festival, Jan. 18-28, also features the Native Forum, premieres, special events from the Sundance Theatre Program, the New Media Center and panel discussions with leading figures from the film industry.

Sundance Film Festival Web sites are la@sundance.org and www.sundance.org.

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