In the first Telluride spitball piece of 2016, Variety‘s Kris Tapley muses about which films might show up at that elite, four-day Colorado gathering, which is only 17 or 18 weeks off.

Tapley rightly acknowledges that it’s too early to predict, but writes the following: “Sundance films rarely play Telluride due to the festival’s North American premiere restriction, it might be difficult for the fest to pass up Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation, particularly given Fox Searchlight’s commitment to a presence there in recent years.”

I’ll go along with that, but I would add another exciting Sundance premiere — Amazon/Roadside’s Manchester by the Sea.

Previous Sundance-Telluride repeaters include Lone Scherfig‘s An Education (’09) and Tamara JenkinsThe Savages (’07)