10 Jul 20
This year Sundance Film Festival was not able to grace Picturehouse Central with its usual film fabulousness for what would have been its fifth year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
We are excited to announce that while you couldn't go to Sundance, we have collaborated once again with the Sundance Institute to bring Sundance to you — along with some of the best of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, which took place in Park City, Utah, U.S.A — and UK audiences digitally.
The digital Celebration of Sundance Film Festival: London will take place online from 7 - 9 August 2020. This year's Celebration is presented by Adobe.
We worked hard with the Sundance Institute programming team to select three feature films to present for this digital celebration from the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, which had a total of 128 features within the line-up.
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. Each UK premiere screening will be followed by an exclusive Q&A with the film teams.
There will also be a short film programme driven by innovation and experimentation, which includes the premiere of 8 short films which highlight filmmaking's most original voices.
Alongside the films on offer, the festival will also host discussions with an exciting group of speakers providing valuable insights into the art, craft, equity and business of independent film. The panels will be free to view worldwide.
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.
More information and tickets are available at london.sundance.org. Join the conversation on social media with #sundancelondon.
The digital Celebration of Sundance Film Festival: London is supported by Presenting Partner Adobe, Media Partner Time Out and Industry Partner Film London.
Each film screening includes an introduction before the start, as well as a live Q&A with members of the cast and crew immediately following the screening. Please note: Each film screening will start promptly at 20.00 (BST).
Director & Screenwriter: Alan Ball
Principal cast: Paul Bettany, Sophia Lillis, Peter Macdissi
In 1973, when Frank Bledsoe and his 18-year-old niece Beth take a road trip from Manhattan to Creekville, South Carolina for the family patriarch's funeral, they're unexpectedly joined by Frank's lover Walid.
Director: Zeina Durra
Principal cast: Andrea Riseborough, Karim Saleh, Michael Landes
When British aid worker Hana returns to the ancient city of Luxor, she comes across Sultan, a talented archaeologist and former lover. As she wanders, haunted by the familiar place, she struggles to reconcile the choices of the past with the uncertainty of the present.
Director: Jesse Moss, Amanda McBaine
A documentary about a thousand 17-year-old boys from Texas who join together to build a representative government from the ground up.
3 days. 3 films. 8 shorts.
Watch On-Demand from Friday 7 August, 10.00
The Shorts Programme will include an introduction, screening, followed by a Q&A with members of the cast and crew (details TBC).
Director: Dylan Holmes Williams
A bullied teenage girl leads an a cappella club on a trail of destruction against her high school enemies.
Director: Sophie Koko Gate
Tanya has finally created the perfect partner, a beautiful giant slug.
Director: Natalie Cubides-Brady
A hybrid documentary about the decommissioning of a nuclear plant in Scotland. It traces the journey of a man who disappeared while writing a report about the reactor.
Director: Nadia Latif
If you think she's the victim, you're next…
Director: Andrea Vinciguerra
In these dark times, you may think that every hazard has been identified, but nobody has taken into consideration how dangerous dance can be…
Directors: Harry Lighton, Marco Alessi, Matthew Jacobs Morgan
Tam gets on the first tube home alone. In just a crop top and high-waisted jeans, he feels conspicuous. So he plugs in his earphones and begins reliving his Halloween night out via his phone.
Director: Danny Lee
In parts of England, banger racing isn't just a sport—it's a way of life. Join 11-year-olds Finn and Harley on a cold winter race day in Birmingham.
Director: Stephen Irwin
Deep in the forest, a hunter encounters a strange creature he cannot kill.
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Join five leading UK and US independent filmmakers for a vibrant and thoughtful discussion of their careers, creative processes, and films from the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
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