Every year, the Sundance Film Festival sneaks its somber way into the press, reminding us that Oscar buzz for 2018 begins in 2017. The Utah-based film festival, which will commence January 19 through 29, turns the lens on indie fare. And if there's one thing we know for sure, it's that Sundance judges LOVE a scrappy, low-budget film with a side of quirk.
The festival can also be kind of a crystal ball for Oscar nominations. For example: In 2012, Beasts of The Southern Wild won the Grand Jury Prize. Eventually, the film went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for best picture. Other times, the 10-day event is wildly inaccurate. In 2016, the grand jury awarded the highest dramatic prize to The Birth Of A Nation, which won't go to the Oscars. Awkward.
Ahead, you'll find a list of the major feature films coming to Sundance this year. They will all be considered for the dramatic prize — the festival's highest honor. For each one, we'll break down the "female factor" — how women shaped and influenced the film in question. May the Oscar odds be ever in their favor.