From it’s quite humble origins, the Sundance Film Festival has become one of the largest independent film festivals in the United States. The festival was created to showcase new work by American and international independent filmmakers.
Its greatest supporter has been Robert Redford whose name is intrinsically linked with the festival, it was in 2012 the Redford announced that the festival would be expanded overseas with the creation of Sundance London held at the O2.
Robert Redford at the O2
The success of the first two years has seen the expansion of the programme of feature films, short films and panel discussions. New to the Third Sundance Festival is a number of musical performances which will tie into the festivals Art of Film Music section.
Sundance London will include 21 feature films and 18 short films across five sections. Twenty-four films will make their world, international, European or UK premieres at Sundance London. Ten are by female filmmakers and seven are by first-time feature filmmakers. The films collectively received 12 awards when they premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Among the filmmakers expected to attend are Ryan Coogler, David Cross, Rose McGowan and Marjane Satrapi. All screenings will take place at Cineworld at The O2.
Always keen to promote UK film, the festival will premiere two British Films.
Frank directed by Lenny Abrahamson and The Trip to Italy directed by Michael Winterbottom, both are comedies which feature the talent of Michael Fassbender (Frank) and Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon (A Trip to Italy).
A comprehensive short film programme, discussions on all aspects of film making and the showing of old favourites Reservoir Dogs and Memento are just some of the highlights.
For a full programme of events including Free events visit the Sundance London Website here