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Sundance London announces 2014 dates and shorts competition

Sundance London

Story by Jack Foley

SUNDANCE London is returning to the capital for a third year in succession.

Sundance Institute and AEG Europe have confirmed that the 2014 edition of the Sundance London film and music festival will take place from April 25-27 at The O2.

Hosting the same number of films and events as previous years, next year’s festival will feature an expanded filmmaker development programme, including the return of the Sundance London Short Film Competition and a Shorts Workshop.

John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said: “We look with great excitement to hosting the third Sundance London in April. In keeping with the event’s purpose of celebrating independent artists, the Short Film Competition and workshop allow us to tap into the vibrant artistic community in the UK and connect that work with audiences at the festival.”

The Sundance London Short Film Competition invites UK-based filmmakers to enter original films between three and five minutes in length, with the winning entry screening at Sundance London and its filmmaker receiving a three-night stay at The Langham, London as well as additional prizes to be announced.

Entries should relate to a theme of Making a go of it: stories about moving forward in life, love or loss and the pursuit of inspiration. Submissions can be documentary, animation, live action, comedy, drama or any other preferred format or genre, and will accepted until 17:59 (GMT) on Monday, March 3, 2014, via www.sundance-london.com.

The Short Film Competition is a partnership with Talenthouse, Ravensbourne College of Design and Technology, and with guidance from Sundance London organisers, Robert Redford, Sundance Enterprises, Sundance Institute – which annually hosts the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A. – and AEG Europe.

On Saturday, April 26, a Shorts Workshop for aspiring short filmmakers will take place at Cineworld at The O2, led by Mike Plante, Short Film Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival. Recognising the important role shorts have in cinema, storytelling, and culture, the workshop will help empower the next generation of artists.

Filmmakers will gain first-hand insight and access into the world of story development, production, working with cast and crew, and how to get the most out of making a short film.

Sundance Institute has hosted similar workshops in cities across the USA, where featured participants have included Spike Jonze, Brit Marling, Jared Hess and Todd Haynes. Featured participants for the workshop in London will be announced.

Tickets (£100 each) are on sale from 10am on Wednesday, November 27 at www.sundance-london.com.