The Sundance London Film and Music Festival will return to London’s O2 Arena in both 2013 and 2014, it was confirmed today.
Next year’s Festival will play host to the UK premieres of a number of American independent films alongside a welter of live musical performances, panel discussions and other events. It will take place between 25-28 April 2013.
The first Sundance London featured screenings of 27 films and showcased the music of 17 different live acts. Highlights included the Royal Premiere of the environmental documentary Harmony: a New Way of Looking at Our World, which was attended by the Prince of Wales; an intimate performance from Rufus and Martha Wainwright; and an evening with Sundance founder Robert Redford and roots musician T-Bone Burnett.
Redford said: “Sundance was warmly welcomed to London last year, by engaged and adventurous audiences eager to take a chance on independent film, and this makes a second year all the more exciting for us.
“The vibrant arts community in London has informed this decision as much as anything. Seeing what comes of nurturing a broader global community for new voices and varied perspectives in American independent film and music, seems a worthy 21st Century endeavour.”
The second Sundance London will follow the 29th US Sundance Film Festival, which will take place in January in Park City, Utah.