Robert Redford and the Sundance Institute have announced that following the success of this year's Sundance London event, that the festival will return to the O2 in 2013 and 2014.
Next year's festival will run from April second Sundance London will take place from April 25-28 and host the international and UK premieres of American independent films fresh from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, as well as live music performances, panels and events. The 2013 programme will continue its 2012 focus on presenting new work by American filmmakers and music artists.
Robert 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,” continued Redford. “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.”
John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, added: “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 an exchange of best practices and new ideas.”
It marks a busy week for Redford, who will also pick up a The League of Conservation Voters lifetime achievement award at a dinner in New York this Wednesday, in recognition of his commitment to environmental concerns. Redford is expected to speak on the environment and the upcoming US presidential election at the dinner.