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Sundance Institute and Picturehouse announced special guests to the panel events within the Celebration of Sundance Film Festival: London programme. Alongside the three feature films and short film programme, the festival will also feature two panel events,  “(Re)Imagining the Future of Independent Film” and  “Transatlantic: Directors in Conversation”.

The digital Celebration of Sundance Film Festival: London will take place online from 7 – 9 August 2020.

The film industry is facing unprecedented change in these uncertain times. With this in mind, the festival is hosting a lively combination of industry and artist guests in “(Re)Imagining the Future of Independent Film”. The discussion will dive into the complexities of the current independent filmmaking landscape, reimagining what the future of film can and should look like, and examining everything from rapidly evolving viewing patterns to paths forward in improving equality and diversity practices industry-wide. Actress and producer Andrea Riseborough (Luxor, Possessor) and Lena Waithe (Master of None, The Chi) are joined by Jeff Deutchman (EVP of acquisitions and production, NEON), Julia Oh (senior commissioning executive, Film4) and Mathieu Ajan (BFI NETWORK executive and founder of Bounce Cinema).

“Transatlantic: Directors in Conversation”will see five leading UK and US independent filmmakers, Janicza Bravo (Zola), Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman), Romola Garai (Amulet), Justin Simien (Bad Hair), and Julie Taymor (The Glorias), engage in a vibrant and thoughtful discussion of their careers, creative processes, and films from the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

The festival will present three feature films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., selected for London by the Sundance Institute programming team in collaboration with Picturehouse. Each UK premiere screening will be followed by an exclusive Q&A with the film teams.

The digital celebration will open with Uncle Frank, which is directed, written and produced by Alan Ball (American Beauty, True Blood) and stars Paul Bettany. Luxor, directed by Zeina Durra (The Imperialists Are Live) and starring Andrea Riseborough will premiere on Saturday. The event will close on Sunday with Boys State, directed by Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine and winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at the 2020 Festival.

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Festival passholders will be able to enjoy access to a short film programme, which includes the UK premiere of 8 short films which highlight filmmaking’s most original voices.

More information on the films, events and tickets are available at Join the conversation on social media with #sundancelondon.

Festival passes are on sale now for £20 and £14 for Picturehouse Members; members will receive an email with the promo code today (10/07/2020). Individual tickets will be available closer to the festival for £5.99.