Sundance Film Forward Brings Free Film Screenings and Discussions to London, June 6-9

Sundance Institute Invites Students, Artists and Film Lovers to Events at British Film Institute, Ravensbourne University, London Film School, and Regent Street Cinemas

Program Follows Sundance Film Festival: London, June 2-5 at Picturehouse Central

(L-R) Chuck Norris vs. Communism, Credit: Kevin Williams; Amy, Credit: Sundance Institute; Tig, Credit: Sundance Institute.

Los Angeles, CA — Immediately following the Sundance Film Festival: London, Sundance Institute will present Sundance Film Forward, a series of free film screenings and filmmaker discussions June 6-9. Exciting and unique offerings include screenings of festival favorites Chuck Norris vs. Communism, Amy and Tig at several venues across the city, including British Academy of New Music, Westminster University and Uxbridge College.

Sundance Film Forward will bring filmmakers Ilinca Calugareanu (director, Chuck Norris vs. Communism), Rob Manning (composer, Chuck Norris vs. Communism), Anne Nikitin (composer, Chuck Norris vs. Communism), Asif Kapadia (director, Amy) and Kristina Goolsby (director, Tig) to speak with audiences. For the first time, Film Forward will include a musical component, offering discussions with the composers of Chuck Norris vs. Communism.

Sundance Film Forward uses film and conversations with filmmakers to excite and introduce a new generation to the power of story, while fostering a global community. The program, designed for 18- to 24-year-olds, students and artists offers film screenings and discussions to excite and cultivate new audiences for independent film. It uses the power of cinema to promote broader cultural understanding, inspire curiosity and enhance awareness of shared stories and values across generations, religions, ethnicities and borders. Sundance Film Forward is an initiative of Sundance Institute and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Arts. Other destinations Sundance Film Forward has visited include China, India, Jordan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Morocco and Colombia.

Meredith Lavitt, Director of Sundance Film Forward, said “Sundance Film Forward builds on the momentum of our festival in London by bringing even more films, filmmakers and fun for our friends in the UK to engage with and enjoy.”

For a full schedule of Sundance Film Forward events and venues, visit

Sundance Institute
Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides and preserves the space for artists in film, theatre, and new media to create and thrive. The Institute’s signature Labs, granting, and mentorship programs, dedicated to developing new work, take place throughout the year in the U.S. and internationally. The Sundance Film Festival and other public programs connect audiences to artists in igniting new ideas, discovering original voices, and building a community dedicated to independent storytelling. Sundance Institute has supported such projects as Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Sin Nombre, The Invisible War, The Square, Dirty Wars, Spring Awakening, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Fun Home. Join Sundance Institute on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Sundance Film Forward Federal Partners
The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) bridges the interests of American federal agencies and the private sector, supports special projects that increase participation and excellence in the arts and humanities, and helps incorporate these disciplines into White House objectives. First Lady Michelle Obama is the Honorary Chairman of the PCAH.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. The mission of IMLS is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. The agency’s grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit and follow @US_IMLS on Twitter and on Facebook.

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts and the agency is celebrating this milestone with events and activities through September 2016. Go to the 50th section at to enjoy art stories from around the nation, peruse the Facts & Figures section, and check out the anniversary timeline.

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