Five UK Features Supported By BFI Selected For Sundance 2018

Five UK feature films supported by the BFI, including Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not A Witch, have been selected to appear at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

With five UK features supported by the BFI selected for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film Fund, responded by giving his congratulations to the filmmakers. Those films announced as part of 2018’s Sundance Film festival include Colette, Yardie, An Evening with Beverly Luff Lin, Beast and I Am Not A Witch.

Colette, starring Keira Knightley, will enjoy its world premiere at Sundance. Directed by Wash Westmoreland, the film tells the story of a ​young​ ​country​ ​woman who marries​ ​a​ ​famous​ ​literary​ ​entrepreneur​ ​in​ ​turn-of-the-century​ ​Paris:. ​At​ ​her​ ​husband’s​ ​request,​ ​Colette​ ​pens​ ​a series​ ​of​ ​bestselling​ ​novels​ ​published​ ​under​ ​his​ ​name.​ ​But​ ​as​ ​her​ ​confidence​ ​grows,​ ​she​ ​transforms​ ​not​ ​only herself​ ​and​ ​her​ ​marriage,​ ​but​ ​the​ ​world​ ​around​ ​her.​

The​ ​Festival​ ​hosts screenings​ ​in​ ​Park​ ​City,​ ​Salt​ ​Lake​ ​City​ ​and​ ​at​ ​Sundance​ ​Mountain​ ​Resort,​ ​from​ ​January​ ​18–28. The​ ​Festival​ ​represents​ ​the​ ​flagship​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Institute’s​ ​public​ ​programmes,​ ​which​ ​also​ ​include​ ​Festivals​ ​in​ ​London​ ​and Hong​ ​Kong​ ​and​ ​other​ ​screenings​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​year.​ ​

Sundance​ ​Institute​ ​supports​ ​independent​ ​artists​ ​with year-round​ ​programmes,​ ​granting​ ​more​ ​than​ ​$2.5​ ​million​ ​and​ ​convening​ ​25​ ​global​ ​residency​ ​Labs​ ​focusing​ ​on theatre,​ ​film,​ ​New​ ​Frontier​ ​and​ ​episodic​ ​content.

Robert​ ​Redford​,​ ​President​ ​and​ ​Founder​ ​of​ ​Sundance​ ​Institute,​ ​said,​ ​​“The​ ​work​ ​of​ ​independent​ ​storytellers​ ​can challenge​ ​and​ ​possibly​ ​change​ ​culture,​ ​illuminating​ ​our​ ​world’s​ ​imperfections​ ​and​ ​possibilities.​ ​This​ ​year’s​ ​Festival is​ ​full​ ​of​ ​artfully-told​ ​stories​ ​that​ ​provoke​ ​thought,​ ​drive​ ​empathy​ ​and​ ​allow​ ​the​ ​audience​ ​to​ ​connect,​ ​in​ ​deeply personal​ ​ways,​ ​to​ ​the​ ​universal​ ​human​ ​experience.”

Keri​ ​Putnam​,​ ​Executive​ ​Director​ ​of​ ​Sundance​ ​Institute,​ ​said,​ ​”We’re​ ​proud​ ​of​ ​the​ ​diversity​ ​of​ ​this​ ​year’s​ ​lineup; emboldening​ ​broader,​ ​more​ ​inclusive​ ​independent​ ​voices​ ​is​ ​a​ ​crucial​ ​part​ ​of​ ​our​ ​work​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Festival​ ​and throughout​ ​the​ ​year.​ ​These​ ​stories​ ​might​ ​inspire​ ​or​ ​move​ ​us,​ ​even​ ​occasionally​ ​make​ ​us​ ​uncomfortable​ ​–​ ​but​ ​they can​ ​shift​ ​our​ ​perspectives,​ ​spark​ ​conversation​ ​and​ ​create​ ​change.”

For​ ​the​ ​2018​ ​Festival,​ ​110​ ​feature-length​ ​films​ ​were​ ​selected,​ ​representing​ ​29​ ​countries​ ​and​ ​47​ ​first-time filmmakers,​ ​including​ ​30​ ​in​ ​competition. These​ ​films​ ​were​ ​selected​ ​from​ ​​13,468​ ​​submissions​ ​including​ ​​3,901 feature-length​ ​films​ ​and​ ​​​ ​8,740​​ ​short​ ​films.​ ​Of​ ​the​ ​feature​ ​film​ ​submissions,​​ ​1,799​​ ​were​ ​from​ ​the​ ​U.S.​ ​and​ ​​2,102 were​ ​international.​ ​One-hundred​ ​feature​ ​films​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Festival​ ​will​ ​be​ ​world​ ​premieres.​

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Rory Fish has loved movies since he can remember. If he was to put together an “all time” top 10 of absolute favourites it would have to include North By Northwest, 12 Angry Men and Sunset Boulevard.

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