Having not returned to London this year, Sundance London recently announced that it would be back in 2016, making use of the forthcoming central Picturehouse venue. This perhaps isn't surprising news given how the former venue - the O2- was widely seen as being too far out from the centre of town to attract the footfall desired.
Full press release below:
Sundance Institute today announced that it will host the Sundance Film Festival: London in 2016 at the new Picturehouse Central, building on the success of its previous Sundance London festival in 2012-2014. This announcement was made alongside news of the Institute's festival in Hong Kong, which will also continue and follows the announcement last week that Sundance NEXT FEST will continue in Los Angeles this August.
John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “After three hugely enjoyable years in London, we look forward to returning next year and reconnecting with London film enthusiasts. The Sundance Film Festival: London, like our other events in Los Angeles and Hong Kong, allows us to extend the tremendous energy and excitement of our Festival. We are excited to build a 2016 program for London that is fuelled by a spirit of discovery and creativity.”
Lyn Goleby, Managing Director Picturehouse Cinemas adds: “It has been a Picturehouse ambition for many years to launch a cinema in the West End. The opportunity of launching the cinema in partnership with Sundance Institute is something very exciting for us at Picturehouse and for film lovers. The spaces we have been able to create here are unique and this will be a cinema like no other in London. The rich diversity of films that will drive through the seven screens will be everything that people expect of Picturehouse. Watch this space for a lot of wonderful film surprises.”