Sundance announces additions to '10 slate

Three more world premieres to screen out of competition

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The Sundance Institute announced Monday three late additions to the 2010 Sundance film festival program, running Jan. 21-31.

The new films are "It's a Wonderful Afterlife," a comedy directed by Gurinder Chadha and written by Paul Mayeda Berges and Chadha; "The Romantics," a comedy directed by Galt Niederhoffer, who adapted the script from her own novel; and "The Kids Are Alright," directed by Lisa Cholodenko, who wrote the screenplay with Stuart Blumberg.

All three films are world premieres that will screen out of competition, and all three filmmakers have had their work screened at Sundance in the past.

"When the opportunity to screen the latest films from three extremely innovative storytellers presented itself, we knew we could not deny our audiences," said festival director John Cooper. "As an added bonus, all three are alumni of the festival, so we are thrilled to be able to support them returning to Sundance with their newest work."

Chadha screened her films "Bend It Like Beckham" (2003), "What's Cooking?" (2000) and the short film "I'm British but ..." (1992) at the festival. (Click here for a Q&A with Chadha.)

Cholodenko received the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance in 1998 for "High Art," and she screened "Laurel Canyon" at the festival in 2003.

Niederhoffer received the Sundance Audience Award in 2007 for producing "Grace Is Gone." She also produced the Sundance films "Lonesome Jim," "Dedication," "Diminished Capacity," "Birds of America" and "Hurricane."