Two Minnesota films selected for 2014 Sundance competition

Minnesota-made films “Dear White People” and “Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter” have been selected from more than 12,000 submissions to be part of the Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Dramatic Competition. Sixteen U.S. films were chosen.

Directed by Justin Simien, “Dear White People” is described as a satire in the tradition of “Animal House” and “School Daze” about being “a black face in a white place.” The film takes place at a fictional Ivy League school, and uses humor to explore racial identity in “postracial” America.

“Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter,” directed by David Zellnar, is based on a true story of a Japanese woman who travels to the U.S. in search of the treasure buried by Steve Buscemi’s character in the movie “Fargo.”

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival takes place Jan. 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.