Sundance Film Festival kicks off today!

Sundance Film Festival draws in celebs and shows most environmental films ever

Tonight will see the start of one of the biggest film festivals in the American calendar as the Sundance Film Festival kicks off in Utah.

An annual draw for all the big-name celebrities – from Jennifer Aniston to Cameron Diaz – we can expect a host of A-list appearances over the coming week.

Fast-becoming the launch pad for some of the most popular movies released later this year, the event is also gathering pace as prime territory for the showcasing of many environmental documentaries.

Films like Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth and Paine’s Who Killed The Electric Car first opened there and this year is set to reveal more green-themed movies than ever before.

‘We turned down about 50 environmental docs this year, and some really good ones. We didn’t get anywhere near that many in the previous two years combined,’ said David Courier, a programmer for the festival’s U.S. and world documentary competition.

He added: ‘We’ve had a history of showing terrific environmental docs, but this is the year for it, for sure…It’s absolutely a reflection of what’s on people’s minds.’

Five eco films are fighting for the main Sundance prize and one that has already caused quite a stir is No Impact Man, which follows Colin Beavan and his family as they leave their high-consumption Manhattan lifestyles behind and try to survive a year with zero impact on the environment.

To see all the stars turn out in Utah (unusually dressed down in winter woollies), check back here from tomorrow for our Sundance Film Festival gallery.

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