Sundance Film Festival goes national
According to organisers, the festival will aim to provide a "collective film experience" by sending eight filmmakers across the US to showcase their latest movies.
Each of the filmmakers will answer questions from the audiences, helping to inspire film fans to discuss key issues and share their opinions.
Participating cities include Ann Arbor, Michigan; Brookline, Massachusetts; Brooklyn, New York and Madison, Wisconsin, as well as Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville and San Francisco.
A statement on the official website said the aim of the tour was to "entertain audiences and to highlight the ability of art, specifically film, to introduce new concepts, challenge ideals and spur debate".
The regular festival, founded by Robert Redford, will run from January 21st to 31st in Utah.
Previous winners of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize include Precious (2009), Frozen River (2008), Forty Shades of Blue (2005) and Poison (1991).