Sundance Film Festival Announces Dates for 2025 – Film News in Brief

Sundance Film Festival 2025 is set to take place on Jan. 23-Feb. 2 in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah. Submissions will open later this spring.

“While the next Sundance Film Festival is still 10 months away, we’re already laying the foundation for the 2025 edition, looking ahead to sharing a new group of artists’ work with audiences at the start of next year,” said Eugene Hernandez, director of Sundance Film Festival and Public Programming.

This year’s festival marked Hernandez’s first as director. The Grand Jury awarded prizes to films “In the Summers” in the U.S. Dramatic category, “Porcelain War” (U.S. Documentary), “Sujo” (World Cinema Dramatic) and “A New Kind of Wilderness” (World Cinema Documentary).

Bentonville Film Foundation Announces Filmmaking Grants

Ahead of the 10th anniversary of the Bentonville Film Festival, the Bentonville Film Foundation has announced the second annual beneficiaries of filmmaking grants totaling $45,000. BFF alumni shorts filmmaker Gabrielle Roberts was award the M&M’s For All Funkind Grant for $20,000 and the team behind the indie feature “Nuked” received a $25,000 grant for the See It, Be It, Make Filmmaker Grant presented by NBCUniversal. The festival runs June 10-16 in Arkansas.

“BFFoundation is thrilled to be furthering its mission supporting the production of inclusive content by awarding funding that directly aids these emerging filmmakers,” said Drea Clark, newly appointed Artistic Director of Bentonville Film Festival. “It’s incredibly rewarding to see our valued partnerships with these global brands continue to impact creators, and we look forward to growing our annual grant programs and initiatives as we prepare for the festival’s 10th anniversary this June.”

Starring Anna Camp, Justin Bartha, Lucy Punch, George Young, Ignacio Serricchio, Tawny Newsome, Maulik Pancholy, Stephen Guarino and Natasha Leggero, “Nuked” follows several couples convening for a cannabis-fueled birthday dinner at a lavish estate, when alerts suddenly sound of a nuclear missile headed their way.

Live Action “Spider-Man” Films to Re-Release in Theaters

Columbia Pictures is celebrating its centennial anniversary by re-releasing every live action “Spider-Man” film in theaters this spring, beginning in April.

All eight films, which debuted across two decades, will be re-released on Mondays in chronological order. Kicking off with Sam Raimi’s trilogy starring Tobey Maguire as the beloved New York superhero, “Spider-Man” will be in theaters on April 15. “Spider-Man 2” and “Spider-Man 3” will be back on April 22 and April 29, respectively. “The Amazing Spider-Man,” in which Andrew Garfield wears the mask, will hit screens on May 6, and its sequel on May 13.

Finally, Tom Holland takes the reins on May 20 with “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” and the MCU sequel “Far From Home” will be in theaters on May 27. All three Spider-Man actors will share the screen on June 3 in “No Way Home.”

Watch a teaser from Sony below.

Quibi Series ‘The Stranger‘ Re-Edited As Feature Film for Hulu

Filmmaker Veena Sud and Hulu announced they are collaborating on Sud’s project “The Stranger,” which has been edited into a feature length film after originally airing as a Quibi series. The film version of the thriller will premiere on the streamer on April 15.

Starring Maika Monroe, Dane DeHaan and Avan Jogia, the film’s official description reads, “‘The Stranger’ is an edge-of-your-seat ride through one life-changing night. New to Los Angeles, rideshare driver Clare (Monroe) picks up Carl (DeHaan) from a home deep in the Hollywood Hills. What begins as a routine ride turns into Clare’s worst nightmare: a twelve-hour fight for survival through the city’s seedy underbelly. Carl is not the passenger Clare thought he was, and Clare is not easy prey.”

Writer-director Veena Sud retained the copyright to her story, which she re-edited after it was released on Quibi. She is also known as the creator of “The Killing.”

“When artists own their own work we can give new life to shows and films we’ve poured our blood, sweat, and tears into,” said Sud. “I am thrilled to be partnering with the incredible team at Hulu in bringing ‘The Stranger’ – a story about justified female rage and vengeance that speaks so poignantly to our current moment – to a fresh audience as a newly re-cut feature film.”

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