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As the Sundance festival 2013 kicks off, David D'Arcy says the number of indie gems is likely to outstrip their audience

Plus Henry Barnes picks out 10 key films from the festival

This will be my 23rd Sundance. Over that time, I have watched Robert Redford's festival grow to a point where more than 12,000 films are submitted each year, and the media are everywhere – though mostly looking for Hollywood types briefly vacationing in gun-friendly, anti-abortion, Mormon Utah. The success and spillover of films has led to more indie festivals than you can count, including SXSW, Traverse City (Michael Moore's shindig on Lake Michigan), CineVegas, founded by a Sundance programmer and for a spell chaired by Dennis Hopper, even a Latter Day Saints film festival in Orem, a Mormon stronghold, which unspools simultaneously with Sundance's bacchanal.

Bona-fide hits have come out of Sundance: The Blair Witch Project (which grossed more than »

- Henry Barnes

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