Competition was stiff for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival submissions. Of the 58 feature – length films announced for competition earlier this week, 4 of those films highlight music’s contribution to personal well-being, community and society. For the festival, 115 feature- length films were selected from 3,812 feature- length submissions. There were 115 feature – length films chosen, with representation from 28 countries, 40 first-time filmmakers and 20 of these films are in competition.
In the U.S. Dramatic Competition, 16 films were selected from 1,102 submissions. All of the films in the U.S. Dramatic Competition will be world premieres. There were 841 submissions for the U.S. Documentary Competition. Only 16 were selected and each one will be premiering for the first time as well. Films about music in the U.S. Documentary Competition include: "Sing Your Song" (by Susanne Rostock), Troubadours (Director: Morgan Neville), and "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest" (Director: Michael Rapaport). "Sing Your Song," documents the legacy of Harry Belafonte, the entertainer, and unearths his significant contribution leadership in the civil rights movement in America and to social justice globally. In "Troubadours"
Films pertaining to the topic of music are also present in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. In the World Cinema Dramatic Competition, 14 films were chosen out of the 1,073 international narrative feature submissions. Sundance’
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