The largest independent film festival in the USA, the Sundance Film Festival is part showcase for new talent and part forum for filmmakers to gather and discuss trends, techniques and technical innovations. Held every winter in Utah, it has long played a vital role in launching both films and careers on a global scale.
At the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, a raft of new indie documentaries, narrative features and short films made their debut – many shot with Canon cameras and lenses. Each project has its own kit requirements, whether that's compact, lightweight bodies for run-and-gun filming, robust cameras that will hold up in tough environments, or a wide dynamic range to shoot in low or high-contrast lighting.
Take for example the winner of the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography at Sundance 2020, director Radu Ciorniciuc’s poignant debut documentary Acasa, My Home. He needed easily-handheld, hard-wearing camera equipment in order to capture the daily lives of the subjects of his film, a family who were being forced out of their home in the Bucharest Delta into city life. He used both Canon EOS C100 Mark II and Canon EOS C300 (now succeeded by the Canon EOS C300 Mark II) cameras, with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM (now succeeded by the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM) and Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lenses.
Here, more Sundance 2020 filmmakers share details of how Canon kit helped them bring their visions to the screen, from documentaries Lance and Mucho Mucho Amor, to stop-motion animation No, I Don't Want To Dance!