The 2011 Sundance Film Festival will feature a new “documentary premiere” section, it was subtly announced today on the festival’s website. One week before the festival makes its anticipated 2011 lineup known to the public, Robert Redford made note of the new section within a blog entry about “looking ahead to 2011.”
“I’m excited about the changes that John Cooper and I have discussed over the past several months,” he writes. “[Including] a new documentary premiere section that’s a nod to the continued evolution of nonfiction film.”
Redford did not discuss the section any further, and then went on to note that the festival’s opening would not focus on a single film, “but includes docs and narratives by U.S. and international filmmakers, along with a program of shorts,” and that there would be a new location for the New Frontier section that he described as “a sort of campus for truly innovative work that blurs boundaries of film, art, and technology.”
But the new section is definitely the most curious part of the blog entry, which can be read in full here.
indieWIRE will offer more information on the new section as it becomes available. In the meantime, check our our list of 35 films that be heading to Park City, and check back with us next week as the programming for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival is unveiled.