By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire October 22, 2012 at 6:0AM
After launching the first ever Sundance London festival in April, the Sundance Institute and AEG Europe have decided to give it another go -- or two more goes, rather. They have once again partnered with the O2 venue to hold the film and music event another two years, with the next iteration taking place April 25-28, 2013.
The focus of this new Sundance offshoot will remain introducing American independent films and music to U.K. and international audiences, with the inclusion of a selection of films from January’s Sundance Film Festival. In addition to screenings, the four-day event will feature panel discussions and live musical performances. The Sundance Institute curates the event.
“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,” said Sundance Institute president and founder Robert Redford. “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 endeavor.”
The 2012 London fest kicked off with an opening-night conversation with Redford and T Bone Burnett moderated by Nick Hornby and with performances by Glen Hansard and Guillemots. Twenty-seven films screened during the event, including Sundance 2012 features “LUV,” “Liberal Arts,” “Nobody Walks,” “Safety Not Guaranteed” and “The House I Live In.” There were also 17 live performances by musical acts.
“In addition to exposing European audiences to American film and music, we will continue connecting with the UK and European filmmaking community through workshops, panels and conversations designed to create a forum for identifying commonalities of independent filmmaking as well as an exchange of best practices and new ideas,” said Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper.
Passes for the 2013 Sundance London festival will be available November 9.
The program for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival will be announced in late November.