3,148 features were considered for Sundance 2006, according to Kenneth Turan’s annual start-of-the-festival piece in the L.A. Times. up from last year’s 2,613, as well as more than 4,300 shorts. Plus the fact that “indie-style films such as Brokeback Mountain, Capote and Good Night, and Good Luck are dominating the awards season as never before,” he notes. “This roaring success, however, has also brought unwanted attention and aggressive commercialization to the independent world. Through no fault of its own, Sundance has become Mardi Gras North, a celebrity magnet and party destination for people with zero interest in watching films, independent or otherwise.”