Sundance London Festival to Return for Second Edition in 2013

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Robert Redford, the Sundance Institute and AEG Europe re-team to bring the festival back to London's O2 Arena in April 2013 and again in 2014.

LONDON – Robert Redford, the Sundance Institute and AEG Europe said Monday that the Sundance London film and music festival would return to the British capital in 2013 and 2014.

The backers of the inaugural film and music event earlier this year said the festival would return to the O2 Arena on the banks of the river Thames in Southeast London.

Next year's event will run April 25-28 and will once again aim to program the international and U.K. premieres of U.S. independent movies fresh from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, as well as live music performances, panels and events.

Organizers said the 2013 program aims to continue the 2012 focus on presenting "new work by American filmmakers and music artists."

Sundance Institute will select the titles and related programming.

The inaugural Sundance London featured screenings of 27 films and performances by 17 musical acts. Highlights included the premiere of Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World, attended by Prince Charles, an intimate performance by Rufus and Martha Wainwright following the world premiere of Lian Lunson’s film about the music of their mother and an opening night event called An Evening With Robert Redford And T Bone Burnett.

Redford said: "The vibrant arts community in London has informed this decision [to bring back the festival] 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."

Alex Hill, chief finance and strategy officer at AEG Europe, said the O2 venue "has long been known for hosting some of the world’s most exciting music acts and sports spectacles." But he described the growth into film with the "hugely successful" Sundance London film and music festival as "a perfect complement to our current calendar."

Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper said: "In addition to exposing European audiences to American film and music, we will continue connecting with the U.K. 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."