PARK CITY, Utah -- The Sundance Film Festival is celebrating its 30-year anniversary with this 2014 fest, and Robert Redford had some words to any other film festival wishing to garner his wisdom in running a successful event.

"I would say 'Don't even try'," Redford said during the kickoff press conference at the Egyptian in Park City. "I wish them well, but we're not gonna advise anybody."

Redford's confidence also turned to gratitude as he spoke briefly at "Whiplash," the opening night film for Sundance on Thursday night.

"I'm thinking back 30 years ago when we started -- and we started from scratch at that time," he recalled from the podium at the Eccles. "I wasn't sure whether it was gonna last. I thought, 'Well in three years, we might not be here."

He thanked, most of all, the artists and contributing filmmakers, and posed a hypothetical way to celebrate, (which unfortunately didn't come to fruition): "How about we roll a big cake onto the stage and then I jump out of it."

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After five years as a columnist and editor at Billboard, Katie Hasty joined HitFix in 2009 for music and film reporting out of New York. The Midwest native has worked as a writer, music promoter and in A&R since 1999 and performs with her band Numbers And Letters.