Nick Jonas of 'Goat' poses at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Getty Images Portrait in Park City, Utah on Jan. 22, 2016.
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By Eliza Berman
February 1, 2016

Correction appended, Feb 2.

The Sundance International Film Festival in Park City, Utah, has seen the premieres of dozens of critically acclaimed films, from Oscar nominees (Brooklyn, Boyhood) to cult comedies (Welcome to the Dollhouse, Napoleon Dynamite) to indie hits (Little Miss Sunshine, The Blair Witch Project). If 2016 was any different from years past, it was not in the number of potential future hits the festival churned but in the names of the distributors that snatched them up: More than ever, Netflix and Amazon were first to the bidding table with the biggest offers.

The shift in acquisitions reflects the changes in how people consume movies—with indies often finding bigger audiences on couches than in theaters. Still, no matter the vehicle by which they’re transmitted to viewers, these titles generated buzz among festival-goers and big offers from distributors. Here are the films to watch for this year:

Write to Eliza Berman at eliza.berman@time.com.

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