Image: John Cooper (Director, Sundance Film Festival) hosts ‘The History of the Eagles – Part One’ post-screening Q&A with members of the Eagles. Sundance London 2013.

Independent Film

Sundance London presents a cross-section of films fresh from Sundance Film Festival – a mix of documentary and narrative features, made by first-time and established directors, and short films from around the globe.

The 2014 feature film programme included hotly anticipated off-beat comedy Frank starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Michael Fassbender, Ryan Reynolds  and Gemma Arterton in The Voices, Michael Winterbottom, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s The Trip to Italy and the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury: Dramatic and Audience Award winning Fruitvale Station.

SHORTS: Only the best short films make the Sundance-cut; a shorts roller coaster of drama, comedy and fiction. 2014′s stellar line-up included Sundance Film Festival short film competition winners: Love. Love. Love, Burger, Yearbook, I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked, The Cut as well as Short Film Grand Jury Prize winning Of God and Dogs.

FILMMAKER Q&AS. If you have questions for the filmmaker, remember to stick around after the credits roll.

Music

The festival’s music programme highlights the link between film and music with past headline performances including Peaches, Martha and Rufus Wainright, Placebo, Tricky, Greg Allman with John Paul White of The Civil Wars, Glen Hansard, Guillemonts and British Sea Power, who performed the original score of From the Sea to The Land Beyond alongside a
screening of the film.

In 2014  South London trip-hop collective Archive presented the world premiere of their film, Axiom. The band also performed live on the opening night of the festival.

Panel Discussions

As well as great films and gigs, Sundance London presents a number of lively panel discussion with luminaries from both sides of the pond.

What goes into a successful film score?  How can music enhance (or ruin) a movie and more? These questions and more were addressed at 2014 panel discussion The Art of Film Music. Solo artist and former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker joined the Hybrid Vigour: When Music, Art and Documentary Collide panel exploring how British documentary pushes the boundaries in challenging the genres of music, biography and archive film.

Festival Hub at Brooklyn Bowl

The perfect place to relax between films, meet other Festival goers, talk film and mingle with music artists, filmmakers and panel guests, the 2014 Festival Hub programme featured lively conversations, a film quiz as well as a nightly line up of music including performances from Archive and Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra.

Sundance London is presented by Robert Redford, Sundance Institute, and AEG Europe. Thirty percent of the profits from the event support Sundance Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences.