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Sundance London Returns to Picturehouse in May 2019

The fifth annual Sundance London will take place from the 30th of May to the 2nd of June 2019. The festival which celebrates the best of independent cinema is fast becoming a hot bed for Oscars contenders. (Main image Amy Adrion director Half the Picture)

Picturehouse Central hosted Sundance Film Festival: London 2018 for the third time.  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, alongside two short film programmes, inspiring panels, workshops and parties. The programme also featured the UK premieres of Idris Elba’s Yardie, Paul Schrader’s First Reformed and Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation Of Cameron Post. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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