Why Neon Is the Indie to Watch at Sundance After ‘Parasite’ and ‘Honeyland’

Sundance 2020: Insiders think filmmakers are vying to work with the distributor even more than before

After Neon’s incredible buying spree at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, the distributor founded by Tom Quinn and Tim League has had a successful year with its acquisition titles “Parasite” and “Honeyland” — so much so that several insiders told TheWrap they anticipate that filmmakers heading to the festival this year will want to work with Neon more than ever before. 

“Neon has had a great year, and the success of ‘Parasite’ translates to upcoming action on foreign language films. ‘Parasite’ is a Korean-language film, and it made a lot of money at the box office. It’s unbelievable,” one sales agent told TheWrap said of the Best Picture front-runner, which has grossed $28.5 million domestically. 

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Beatrice Verhoeven

Film Editor, Twitter: @bverhoev