Robert Redford Will Take a Bit of Sundance Film Festival to London
by Ethan Anderton
March 15, 2011
Here in the United States we have the pleasure of being simultaneously exhausted and enamored with the Sundance Film Festival and all the promising films and talent it has to offer every January. Along with the annual coverage, this year marked my first experience in Park City, Utah, and I was completely blown away by my time spent in the mountains with some of cinema's finest talents. Well, now our friends across the pond will get a taste as Robert Redford announced Sundance London, a four-day multi-disciplinary arts festival that will include film screenings, live music performances, discussions, panels and more.
Taking place at The O2 arena, the festival starts in 2012 running from April 26th to 29th. AEG Europe will be behind the music component of the festival while Robert Redford and his Sundance Institute will bring films from American filmmakers and some American music over as well. Redford said:
"It is our mutual goal to bring to the UK, the very best in current American independent cinema, to introduce the artists responsible for it, and in essence help build a picture of our country that is broadly reflective of the diversity of voices not always seen in our cultural exports."
I know plenty of our friends in the UK will be happy to hear about this staple event heading across the sea. After experiencing the wonder that is Sundance (read my final wrap-up piece here), I hope just a fraction of the passion and love for cinema that emanates from Park City finds its way to London. Obviously with only four days planned for the event, it won't have quite as much pomp and circumstance, but over time I'm sure it will become a great international attraction and surely an opportunity for cinephiles in the UK to see even more great films. We'll keep you updated on the new fest. Sound good?