As each new year approaches, the internet is awash with articles and lists about the Most Anticipated Films of the next calendar year. It's always the same: the early awards contenders that might just sneak into February's Oscar night; the Summer blockbusters, chock full of franchise entries and superheroes and canon-building; the new films from any iconic directors who might just have a film out that year, your Scorseses, your Tarantinos, your Coens etc. What then, of your indies, your in-betweens, your anomalies? Every year there are hundreds of independent titles released, and while some will no doubt be talked-up in the aforementioned categories, it remains that most are glossed over in favour of men in capes or biopics or Star Wars. Granted, this is sometimes justified (esp. in Star Wars' case: it's been a decade), but still it remains that some great films come and go without much in the way of anticipation or buzz. Here, then, without a superhero in sight, are 20 independent films (some true, bare-bones indies; others closer to Indiewood; some in-between) that could rule 2016 and you really should start getting excited for.