Sundance confirms return to London

Next edition to take place April 25-28

LONDON — Sundance London will return for a second and third year following a successful inaugural event in April, it was announced Monday by Robert Redford, the Sundance Institute and AEG Europe.

Sundance London was set up this year to bring international and U.K. preems of a host of U.S. independent films.

The event also features live music, panels and events. The Sundance Institute selects the participating films, fresh from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

“Sundance was warmly welcomed to London 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 Redford, prexy and founder of the Sundance Institute.

“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 second edition, featuring films from the program of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, which runs Jan. 17-27, will take place April 25-28. London’s The O2, owned by global sports and entertainment company AEG, will once again serve as venue for the four-day event.

A third edition has also been confirmed for 2014.

The first Sundance London unspooled 27 screenings and 17 live musical acts plus a program of panels and other events, including the opening night’s “An Evening With Robert Redford and T. Bone Burnett.”

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