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I'm curious when these filmmakers were first contacted by Sundance or someone affiliated.

The filmmakers I know whose films made it to Sundance started getting polite inquiries the moment they received grant and/or investor funding. Then they were informed they were being "tracked." Then they were asked for rough cuts of the film. And--of course-- their entry fees were immediately waived! So getting in was very exciting but it wasn't a total shock.

It would also be interesting to learn what percentage of the 2022 Sundance line-up truly came from the open submission slush pile. I'm guessing...one?

I know the festival entry fees pay the bills, but it gives newbie/unknown filmmakers (false) hope they could actually make it into the festival, when in fact, the line-up is pretty much pre-determined.

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