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The Movie Buff — Sundance 2023: Our Most Anticipated Films of this Year’s Fest

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After a hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Sundance Film Festival is back in Salt Lake City this year. The festival is offering both virtual and in-person attendance, but is prioritizing in-person; the festival wants to bring people back to Park City for the experience, though patrons will be able to watch quality films either way. The festival will take place from January 19 – January 29, 2023. The Movie Buff is covering Sundance, brining you full and capsule reviews, interviews, and more.

There are a number of in-person and online ticket options for consumers, but regrettably at this point, most of the packages are sold out. There are still a few remaining: single screening, in-person tickets are still available for $25 each. On the online side, single screening virtual tickets are available, as is the ‘Explorer Pass,’ which unlocks six days of immersive access to online ‘Indie Episodic’ screenings. The online only single film tickets are also still available for $20 a piece. Click here to buy Sundance tickets.

The Various Programs and What to Watch

The program guide will feature an immersive and eclectic film experience as usual. Attendees and journalists can expect to see awarding films from the following categories: U.S. Dramatic Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition, NEXT, Midnight, Premieres, New Frontier, Spotlight, Kids, Special Screenings, Short Film Program, Indie Episodic Program, From the Collection, and Award Winners.

Here, we list our 12 most anticipated films/premieres of the festival. Note: we have not watched any trailers for the films. Continuous festival coverage of films and programs during the festival’s run will be found on The Movie Buff. If you have any questions or comments, use the ‘contact us’ link at the top of the menu. For more information about Sundance, visit

*Sundance 2023 will be covered by Hector Gonzalez and Mark Ziobro. Picks 1-6 were written and compiled by Mark, and picks 7-12 were written and compiled by Hector.


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