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Sundance Film Festival: London 2019 – Festival passes on sale now!

After Matt headed to Sundance: London earlier this year, and saw some absolutely glorious pieces of film-work (Plus spoke to the likes of Amy Adrion and Jim Hosking), we wanted to let you know that Sundance Film Festival: London will return to Picturehouse Central from 30 May to 2 June 2019 for the fifth edition of their ever-growing celebration of independent film!

From Sundance Institute and Picturehouse Cinemas, film fans can purchase Passes for the 2019 London event at Early Bird prices from today via picturehouses.com/sundance. The Festival Pass guarantees access to the Festival’s films and special events, priority booking, access to the Picturehouse Central Members’ Bar and discounts on food, drinks and snacks during the festival. The ‘VIP Pass’ gives access to EVERY film and special event at the festival, plus all parties, a Picturehouse Central Membership, a goodie bag and more.

This year the festival presented twelve feature films from Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, USA, including a surprise screening of Bart Layton’s American Animals (Review), alongside two short film programmes, inspiring panels, workshops and parties. The programme also featured the UK premieres of Idris Elba’s Yardie (Our review), Paul Schrader’s First Reformed (Review) and Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation Of Cameron Post (Review). The Audience Favourite Award was presented to Bo Burnham for his directorial debut, Eighth Grade and Amy Adrion was the recipient of the first ever #WhatNext Award for her documentary Half The Picture (Review).

Seven of the twelve films in the 2018 programme were directed by women, and the festival showcased an array of female leads and female-focused stories. Sundance Film Festival: London provided an opportunity for the US and UK film industries to connect and discuss #WhatNext amid the film industry’s period of dramatic change as movements such as Time’s Up and #MeToo continued to highlight inequality. Featuring international and UK premieres direct from the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in Utah, the 2019 London edition will continue to champion underrepresented voices and will highlight the excellent work from a diverse range of storytellers.

Over thirty filmmakers and actors attended the festival in 2018 to introduce their films and participate in audience Q&As, including Toni Collette and Ari Aster for Hereditary (Review); Ethan Hawke for First Reformed; Idris Elba and cast members from his directorial debut Yardie; and Crystal Moselle and the cast ofSkate Kitchen (Review).

The 2019 Sundance Film Festival, running from 24 January to 3 February in Park City, Utah, USA, announced its impressive initial 112-feature line-up at the end of November — including work from 45 first-time filmmakers, with 40% of the films directed by women, 36% by a filmmaker of colour and 13% by a filmmaker who identifies as LGBTQ. The 2019 Sundance London programme will be announced next spring.

More information will be available at sundance.org/london and picturehouses.com/sundance. Join the conversation on social media with #SundanceLondon and #WhatNext

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