Sundance 2023: Women Directors Dominate Competition Slates

As 2022 comes to an end, it is time to look ahead. The Sundance Film Festival has announced its 2023 feature lineup. Among the high-profile films to make their world premieres at the festival are Susanna Fogel’s “Cat Person,” an adaptation of Kristen Roupenian’s viral New Yorker short story about a college student’s relationship with an older man, and “You Hurt My Feelings” by Nicole Holofcener. A comedy that follows a novelist whose relationship takes a turn when she overhears her husband giving unfiltered feedback on her latest book. “CODA” actress Emilia Jones tops the former and “Veep” alumna Julia Louis-Dreyfus tops the latter.

The majority of female directors contribute to all four of the fest’s main competition slates: US Dramatic, US Documentary, World Cinema Dramatic and World Cinema Documentary.

The American Dramatic Competition includes 12 features, eight of which, or 67 percent, are from female filmmakers. Offerings include Raven Jackson’s “All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt,” a decades-old portrait of a woman in Mississippi.

10 out of 11 titles in the US documentary competition, or 91 percent, are moderated or co-directed by women. Nancy Schwartzman’s “Victim/Suspect”, an investigation into a pattern of sexual assault survivors accused of making false reports, is one of the features set to screen.

Twelve titles will be screened in the World Cinema Drama Competition, and nine of them, or 75 percent, are directed or co-directed by women, including Noura Niasari’s “Maybe”, which follows an Iranian mother living in an Australian women’s shelter. And there is the story of the daughter. ,

The World Cinema Documentary Competition also features 12 films, seven of which, or 58 percent, are directed or co-contained by women. The lineup features “Twice Colonized,” Lynn Alluna’s portrait of an Inuit lawyer fighting for his people.

Sundance will take place January 19-29. A selection of films will be available online across the country from January 24-29. Visit the Fest’s Website To see all the features set on the screen.