Sundance Film Fest 1985: Trends, Events

Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute buys the struggling U.S. Film Festival, moves it to Park City from Salt Lake, and focuses programming on the work of independent filmmakers.

In its first year under Sundance supervision, the festival screens 80 pics, including Grand Jury Prize winner “Blood Simple,” a low-budget noir thriller from first-timers Joel and Ethan Coen.



Blood Simple – (Grand Jury Prize)

Seventeen – (Grand Jury Prize: Documentary)

Stranger Than Paradise – (Special Jury Prize)

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