Today: February 21, 2024

With the Sundance Film Festival a firm fixture on the circuit at the start of each year, you might be slightly surprised to hear that, as of next year, Londance will be shipping up at the O2 Arena in London.

With the Sundance Film Festival a
firm fixture on the circuit at the start of each year, you might be slightly
surprised to hear that, as of next year, Londance will be shipping up at the O2
Arena in London.

While that’s not the official name, Robert
Redford’s showcase for independent-films, based in Utah, USA will be taking up
residency next April in the capital as an additional string to its movie bow.

The four day event will not just
focus on films however, with its multi-disciplinary approach featuring both the
usual screenings and discussions, with some live music thrown in too. However,
since Redford set up the event in 1978, passionate about supporting independent
film-makers in his home country, how might similarly enthused festival organisers
in the capital feel about the Sundance Kid riding into town?

A quick look at the film festival
calendar reveals an already packed and varied selection, featuring no less than
16 individual festivals planned for the year. Elliot Grove’s Raindance festival, set up 19 years
ago, already champions low-budget home-grown talent and the huge London Film Festival each autumn attracts
a wealth of stars to keep the most ardent festival fanatic happy.

With other festivals focusing on
films for children, Asian cinema, the horror genre (Frightfest) and aspiring female
directors, where exactly might Sundance fit into this already crowded calendar?

Perhaps an all-American independent
film festival might be good for that “special relationship”. Well, if you’re
interested in finding out, then saddle up and ride into the O2 next spring for
a chance to see for yourself.

Also announced this week, is My First Job In Film that aims to transform the new entrant recruitment by delivering to the entire industry a completely cost free, turnkey solution, for finding the best and most suitable talent for job vacancies. Recruiters will be able to search, sort and filter applicants to specific criteria, view or download CV’s and cover letters and create their own application questions. The site will also automatically rank the applicants to the required criteria. For more information go here.

Marcia Degia - Publisher

Marcia Degia, who has worked in the media industry for more than 20 years, is the Publishing Editor of KOL Social Magazine. See website: thekolsocial.com

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