If you're in the mood to scope out some exceptional, upcoming independent films, you have come to the right place.

The Sundance Film Festival, which is organised by the Sundance Institute, is the largest independent film festival in the US. It takes place annually in Utah, and this year's show is slated to kick off 21 January and last until 31 January. That means you can expect to see some great new work coming from both American and international independent filmmakers.

The festival showcases dramatic and documentary films as well as both feature-length films and short films. To help you make sense of it all, we've rounded up 17 of the most anticipated films. This list includes a Kevin Smith comedy starring Johnny Depp's daughter. We've also added a documentary on the Sandy Hook massacre and American gun laws.

You'll even find The Birth of a Nation. No, it's not a remake of the controversial 1915 silent film but rather a totally different biopic that's just "ironically" titled, according to the director. When all of these films finally premiere at Sundance 2016, we'll update this piece with respective trailers. Until then, let us know if we forgot to mention a film worth including.

For more information about Sundance, check out its website. You can also see the entire festival program from here, as well as the premiere schedule from here, and you can explore 30 years of past Sundance festivals via this interactive timeline. Now go eat some popcorn.

Note: Click each film title to access a brief synopsis on Sundance.org. 

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