Sundance London confirmed that the fifth annual festival will take place next spring from the 30th of May 2019 to the 2nd of June. This celebration of independent films has become a key stop on the road to the Oscars. This year’s festival featured some heavy-duty hitters including Toni Collette in “Hereditary” and Ethan Hawke in “First Reformed.” Collette just earned a Best Actress bid at the Critics Choice awards while Hawke has been cleaning up with the regional critics’ groups. Both are in strong contention at the Academy Awards.
Sundance London 2018 also screened “Eighth Grade,” Bo Burnham‘s directorial debut which won the Audience Favourite Award. His film reaped a Golden Globe bid for Best Actress in a Comedy for Elsie Fisher and a smattering of nominations for Burnham’s original screenplay. And BIFA-winner “American Animals” also unspooled at this year’s festival.
Over 50% of this year’s festival’s films were directed by women, something Sundance London will carry on into 2019, too. The London edition prioritizes championing underrepresented voices in the film industry and on screen and will look to highlight excellent work from a diverse range of filmmakers.
Expect to sees many features that make their debut at the Sundance Film Festival that runs from 24th January – 3rd February. Of the 112 films on the 2019 roster, 40% are directed by women. Overall, 36% of entries are from a filmmaker of colour and 13% are by an LGBTQ+ filmmaker.
Sundance Film Festival: London will announce their programme in the spring. Stay tuned for more news.
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