An American festival in London?

Redford hopes to bring films to O2 district

Sundance Institute founder Robert Redford is in very early talks to bring some sort of event to London’s O2 entertainment district that would showcase indie films of all kinds.

Event would not be a Blighty version of the Sundance film fest per se because it’s expected that many different partners would be involved.

“I’m hoping we can go into the O2 space. And we could bring documentaries, shorts, films from Sundance, independent films and music,” Redford told British website C21 on Thursday while attending the Mipcom international TV sales confab in Cannes.

Redford was at Mipcom on behalf of the Sundance Channel, which is planning an international expansion.

Asked about Redford’s comments, Sundance Institute chief spokeswoman Brooks Addicott said, “The institute’s program directors and festival programming staff travel frequently to London for a variety of festivals, conferences and convenings.” She declined to comment further.

Redford started the Sundance Film Festival in 1978. Annual event has become the largest showcase for indie films in the U.S.

Reps for O2 declined to comment on whether or not negotiations were taking place but did say it would be “very interested in showcasing such an event.”

The O2 district in South East London includes an indoor arena — known as the O2 Dome — a music club, a cinema, an exhibition space, bars and restaurants. It was built largely within the former Millennium Dome.

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