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Sundance Festival Returning to London, Continuing in Hong Kong

Sundance Institute has decided to revive its London festival next year after canceling it this year.

Sundance will hold the London event at the new Picturehouse Central facility. The spinoff festival had been held in 2012, 2013 and 2014 at AEG’s O2 arena in East London.

The institute has also decided to continue its Hong Kong festival for a second year and dated it for Sept. 17-27.

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

Exec director Keri Putnam said, “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.”

The Hong Kong fest will take place at the Metroplex, a newly opened cineplex in Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong. Ten independent films will premiere as part of the screening series.

The first year’s program featured the Hong Kong premieres of films including “Whiplash,” “The Skeleton Twins,” “Life After Beth” and “The Case Against 8.”

The Sundance London fest held the U.K. premieres of films including “Fruitvale Station,” “Obvious Child,” “The Trip to Italy,” ” The Queen of Versailles,” “Blackfish” and “The Look of Love.”

Picturehouse Central will open in June in the West End.

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