Sundance to continue Hong Kong, London fests

The Sundance Institute is to continue its Hong Kong festival for a second year this fall, and will restart its London event in 2016. (Pictured: Sundance Hong Kong selection The Case Against 8)
April 23, 2015

The Sundance Institute is to continue its Hong Kong festival for a second year this fall, and will restart its London event in 2016.

Established in 2012, Sundance London – the UK edition of the Sundance Film Festival – ran annually for three years in the O2 arena before being cancelled for 2015.

The event will return next year, however, at the city’s Picturehouse Central cinema in the West End, which has been remodeled from the former Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue. A date for the London festival is as yet unannounced.

Over in Asia, the second annual Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong Selects event is to run from September 17 to 27 at Kowloon Bay’s newly opened Metroplex, with 10 independent films premiering as part of the screening series.

The festival’s inaugural program featured the Hong Kong premieres of various narrative features as well as the documentary The Case Against 8 (pictured).

“We’ve nurtured filmmakers around the globe for many years now and these experiences have brought a rich perspective to all we do,” said Robert Redford, president and founder of the Sundance Institute, in a statement. “Exploring international opportunities for the diverse landscape of American independent storytelling is an exciting proposition, and something to which we are equally committed.”

Keri Putnam, executive director of Sundance Institute, added: “There are too few opportunities for independent artists to connect with international audiences, despite the increasing importance of this in building sustainable careers. Our events in Hong Kong and London are steps toward bridging this gap and show the openness of international audiences to exploring these films and issues.”

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