Day one of Sundance Film Festival 2018 kicks off

The world's eyes will be on Park City the next ten days. The famous Sundance Film Festival kicks off Thursday with the annual press conference featuring founder Robert Redford.

If you can't be in Park City for the festivities, never is hosting free live streams from the festival and News4Utah will also feature some events online or Facebook.

The opening press conference begins at 1 p.m. You can watch it on or below thanks to Sundance Institute.

 There you can also watch "informal chats" every day at 11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. MT. This year's conversations include and Kevin Smith, Ethan Hawke and Rupert Everett, Ira Glass and Miranda July, plus plenty of others. Check out the program guide here.

The festival ends January 28th. During those 10 days last year over 71,000 people attended.

Some of News4Utah's Sundance favorites

- This year at Sundance there will be one film with a local focus made by three local filmmakers. "Quiet Heroes" explores the AIDS crisis in Salt Lake City, and how two medical professionals stood up in the face of adversity to treat the patients no one else would. 

- Another local feature: “Believer,”about Provo-based Imagine Dragons' lead singer Dan Reynolds dealing with his church's stand on the LGBTQ community.

-Shot in Utah: Damsel (shot in Summit County with with Mia Wasikowska and Robert Patterson) and a thriller, Hereditary , shot in Salt Lake City.

-Celebs to look out for:

Ethan hawke, Forest Whitake, Peter Dinklage, Elle Fanning, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Steve Buscemi (in 2 films) and John Leguizamo, Armie Hammer, Michael Cera, Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Debra Messing, Jon Hamm, Jeff Daniels and Paul Giamatti, Keira Knightly, Danny Glover, Jason Segel, Martin Sheen Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black, Colin Firth, Naomi Watts, Clive Owen, Hilary Swank

-Especially for kids: March 2-4 th is the annual Tumbleweeds Film Festival, Utah’s premiere film festival for children and youth. Films that have played in this category in recent years include My Life as a ZucchiniThe Eagle Huntress and Shaun the Sheep.


In 2017, the festival generated $151.5 million in economic activity for the state of Utah and supported 2,778 local jobs. 


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