Sundance to continue London and Hong Kong festivals
by Naman Ramachandran
- New London venue will be the new flagship Picturehouse property in the West End
The Sundance Institute will continue its satellite festivals in London and Hong Kong. The 2015 edition of Sundance London, held from 2012-2014 at The O2, was cancelled. The festival will now move in 2016 to the Picturehouse group’s West End flagship Picturehouse Central that opens its doors in June with seven state of the art screens that seat a 1000. In advance of the 2016 festival, the Institute will host a few private screenings and events for London’s independent film community at the Picturehouse Central in June 2015. Sundance Hong Kong will run September 17-27, 2015 at The Metroplex, Kowloon Bay, which is also a new property.
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.”
Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute, 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.”