Sundance London offshoot to return next year after break

Sundance London offshoot to return next year after break
Filmmakers Lyric R. Cabral and David R. Sutcliffe, speak before the world premiere of their film “T(ERROR)” at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

LONDON - The London version of the Sundance Film Festival will return to the British capital in 2016 after taking a year off, organisers said on Thursday.

Founded by Hollywood actor Robert Redford in 1981, the Sundance Institute said in January the London offshoot of the annual Utah-based festival would not take place this year.

Instead it will return next year to the new Picturehouse Central, a seven-screen cinema in the city centre due to open this summer. It has previously been held at the O2 arena in southeast London.

Sundance is considered the top US independent film festival. "After three successful years in London we wanted to take the time to evaluate the programme and explore all our options fully," a Sundance Institute spokesperson said.

No dates were announced for the London event.

Sundance Institute also said its Hong Kong event would take place from Sept 17-27, 2015 at The Metroplex in Kowloon Bay.

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