The audience for independent filmmakers showcasing their work at Robert Redford's annual Sundance Film Festival is about to go international.

The 74-year-old actor announced earlier this week that AEG Europe, owner of the O2 entertainment complex in London, will be collaborating with the Sundance Institute on a four-day multidisciplinary arts festival. Attendees can expect film screenings, live music performances, discussions, panels and other public cultural programming.

The event will be held April 26-29, 2012 at The O2 Arena in London.

"We are excited to partner with AEG Europe to bring a particular slice of American culture to life in the inspired setting of The O2, and in this city of such rich cultural history,” Redford said. “It is our mutual goal to bring to the UK, the very best in current American independent cinema, to introduce the artists responsible for it, and in essence help build a picture of our country that is broadly reflective of the diversity of voices not always seen in our cultural exports.”

Since its inception in 1978, the Sundance Film Festival has risen to become a major player in Hollywood; especially in the area of awards and recognition. At Sundance 2010, 9 films went on to garner 15 Oscar nominations, and 4 of the 5 Best Documentary nominees were Sundance films.

“The O2 is famous for its exciting and diverse events schedule, but we’re particularly proud to be hosting Sundance London next year,” Alex Hill, Senior Executive Director at AEG Europe added. “Mr. Redford’s passion for the arts, the depth of his many businesses and the curatorial reputation of Sundance Institute are world renowned and we see this as a natural extension of the music and sporting events presented at The O2 since we opened in 2007. We look forward to extending a warm welcome to the best of the film industry in 2012.”

For more information, check out the Sundance London official site.

via NY Times and IndieWire

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Robert Redford taking Sundance to London
Actor excited to bring "the very best in current American independent cinema" to the UK.