Next weekend sees the launch of the Sundance London Film Festival at the O2, the little sister of the independent festival in Park City, Utah. Showcasing the best titles from this year’s US festival alongside a number of special events and classic Sundance favourites, it’s an unmissable event for film lovers. Here are five ways to take part.
1. Buy tickets
The obvious place to start! Tickets for Sundance London are on sale now, from individual film tickets to weekend VIP packages. (find out more at sundance-london.com). And if you’re not sure what film to see, take a look at our comprehensive guide to this year’s titles. It’s a broad selection, from mainstream comedies to tiny DIY experimental epics.
2. Take in a talk
There are heaps of panel discussions, lectures and workshops to choose from, from a chat about the art of film music with three noted composers to a lively investigation into the future of documentary filmmaking in the company of musicians Jarvis Cocker and Edwin Collins, and their collaborators.
3. Hone your filmmaking skills
Many of these workshops focus on the nuts and bolts of filmmaking, from scriptwriting – the ‘finding your story’ panel features journalist Jon Ronson, ‘Frank’ director Lenny Abrahamson and ‘Persepolis’ creator Marjane Satrapi – to funding and distribution, courtesy of a talk by Kickstarter co-founder Yancy Strickler. There’s also a free afternoon event exploring routes into the film industry hosted by the directors of Sundance London and featuring a wealth of new short films.
4. Do something free
There are a bunch of free events at this year’s festival, including a conversation between ‘Arrested Development’ star David Cross and ‘Role Models’ director David Wain – titled, of course, ‘Two Funny Davids’. Elsewhere, three DIY filmmakers discuss their craft at a panel discussion, ‘Truly Independent Visions’. And throughout the festival, up-and-coming musicians will be performing live, including the wonderful Goldheart Assembly and singer-songwriter Scott Matthews.
5. Catch a classic
Alongside the new titles at this year’s festival, there’s also a chance to see three classic films which made their debut at Sundance. Sure, we’ve all seen ‘Reservoir Dogs’, ‘Memento’ and ‘Winter’s Bone’, but this is a chance to catch them back where they belong – on the big screen.