On Wednesday, the 2016 Sundance Film Festival programming director Trevor Groth and Festival director John Cooper announced this years’ list of candidates for the film festival. The list has a variety of different genres and topics, from the history of Southern slave days to a gay sexual encounter scene in a Los Angeles Korean spa.

The films competing at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival are all American or international documentaries and dramas, with the yearly festival to be held in Park City, Utah. There will be 117 feature-length films shown during the January festival, which were chosen out of over 12,700 submissions.

The festival will be ongoing from January 21 to the 31, with movies showing also in Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. .

Different types of stories to be told at 2016 Sundance Film Festival

Cooper announced that now is the time when independent films are evolving and there is a want and a need for all different types of stories. And that is exactly what fans are going to get at this year’s 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

For instance, there is the story about a slave that aids his owner, in "The Birth of a Nation" by writer, director and actor Nate Parker; as well as the story of an American-born Korean man traversing customary cultural beliefs and his developing identity in the film, "Spa Night."

Sundance films say much about current cinema state

Most of the films previewed at the film festival won’t be showing up anywhere else for quite some time, says Cooper, but he added that movie lovers should still be excited because the films say much about the current cinema state of mind.

He added that this year it is all about culture, as well as discovering new talent in both acting and directing that will be what drives the film industry in the future. In the past, success stories have been people like Colin Trevorrow, who premiered a film at the festival in 2012 and went on to direct the hit movie, “Jurassic World.”

Some of the other films to be reviewed include one about a hopeless loner who becomes friends with a dead body called "Swiss Army Man," which stars Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe, and one about a woman who kidnaps a child from a rich family, entitled "Tallulah," which stars Ellen Page and Allison Janney.

The Festival will also offer several documentaries on current topics like gun violence, social media, and online bullying, as well as dramas that will take a peek at odd sexual encounters like a man and a mermaid falling in love and a woman and a wolf sharing a relationship.

It looks to be an eclectic mix for 2016 Sundance Film Festival awards choices and we look forward to finding out which stories the voters find award worthy.

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