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.