It may now seem to be just another Hollywood A-lister event full of red-carpet premieres, exorbitant swag bags and films that aren’t so much independent as just not multimillion-dollar blockbusters.

But, in its 40th year, the Sundance Film Festival in Utah can hold its head up as the little festival that could, and one that helped to change the face of the US film industry and give a platform to a host of independent filmmakers and stars who have since gone on to become major players in the film industry...

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