Every movie lover in the world has heard of the Sundance Film Festival. But did you know the festival was originally called the Utah/US Film Festival? When it was founded in 1978, it was located in Salt Lake City. The first year’s lineup included classics like Mean Streets, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Sweet Smell of Success. The festival moved to nearby Park City in 1981, and a decade later officially switched its name to the Sundance Film Festival. That’s just one of the Sundance facts featured in the newest episode of You Think You Know Movies!

As a filmmaker, your chances of getting into Sundance are not great; less than one percent of applicants make it to Park City. If you do get in, though, then the odds flip into your favor. That’s because more than 75 percent of the movies that screen at Sundance get acquired for some kind of public distribution and make their way into theaters or onto various streaming services or DVD. So it’s a long shot to apply to Sundance, but one that can pay off in a major way.

You Think You Know Movies? is a ScreenCrush original series that dives deep into the cinematic worlds of your favorite movies and freeze frames a few tidbits you might not have known. We’ve already tackled Star Wars, The Avengers and Spider-Man, but this time we are heading to Park City for some facts about the Sundance Film Festival. Watch more installments of ‘You Think You Know Movies?’ below and let us know in the comments what movies we should cover next.

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