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Hollywood On Ice: 2011 Sundance Competiton Films Announced

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The Sundance Institute made the first of three festival announcements today for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Included in the announcement were the Institute’s selections for US Dramatic Competition, US Documentary Comp., World Cinema Dramatic Comp. and World Cinema Documentary Comp. In all, 10,279 films were submitted for consideration marking the first time in the festival’s history that submissions have hit above 10,000. Of the 3,812 feature submissions received, 115 were accepted to screen at the Festival.

So, which selections will get the most attention this year in the snowy wonderland of Park City, UT? It is hard to tell from one paragraph blurbs but here are some films that are drawing pre-festival buzz:

2010 Best Supporting Actress Nominee Vera Farmiga makes her directorial debut with , Higher Ground, the story of a frustrated young mother who turns to a fundamentalist community for answers but after years of dogma and loss, must find the courage to reclaim her life. Farmiga stars as well.

With Demi Moore, Kate Bosworth, Ellen Barkin, Ellen Burstyn and Thomas Hayden Church, the film with the most “star power” would be The Loved Ones. The film, directed and written by Sam Levinson, follows a pair of reckless siblings dragged into a chaotic family wedding by their overwrought mother.