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Film London at Sundance

Date posted: 15.01.2014

The world's premiere independent film showcase, Sundance Film Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this year – with a strong showing from Film London.

Opening night of the festival brings the premiere of Lilting, made through Film London's feature scheme Microwave. But script-to-screen production schemes are not the only route our alumni have taken to this celebrated stage, Film London's diverse training schemes also show their strength in the festival's selection.

Lilting on Opening Night

On opening night, Lilting will have its world premiere. Running in the Festival's World Cinema dramatic competition, Hong Khaou's debut feature was made through Film London Microwave.

With striking performances from a star-studded cast led by Ben Whishaw (Skyfall, Cloud Atlas) and Cheng Pei Pei (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) Lilting offers a touching exploration of love across a language divide. It is the eighth feature from Film London Microwave, joining critically acclaimed iLL Manors, BAFTA-nominated Shifty and the recent Borrowed Time, awarded Best of the Fest at the 2012 Edinburgh Film Festival.

Film London and Appropriate Behaviour

Building on her hit web series The Slope, a sardonic and personal look at a lesbian couple navigating themselves and their surroundings one year into their relationship, Desiree Akhavan debuts on the big screen with Appropriate Behaviour.

A stirring narrative of bisexual identity in a Persian family, Appropriate Behaviour keeps the tone that made Akhavan so popular, while building her story-telling style to feature length.

With feature film producing experience from Film London Microwave's Borrowed Time, Olivier Kaempfer ushered Appropriate Behaviour to the big screen with an Executive Producer role on the project.

And Kaempfer is not the only connection Film London has to the Appropriate Behaviour team. The film's producer Cecilia Frugiuele also participated in the inaugural Film London Audience on Demand (AOD), through which she had guidance in creating a tailored distribution and marketing plan.

Notes on Blindness at Micro-Market

Film London is also proud to have worked with the film-making team behind Notes on Blindness, which screens in Sundance's acclaimed shorts competition. The team attended Film London's inaugural Micro-Market in 2013, seeking finance for a feature length version of the film.

Modelled on the successful Film London Production Finance Market, film-makers attending the Micro-Market were given the opportunity to pitch and discuss their projects with financiers interested in sourcing projects budgeted at €1M or under.

The participants were also given a mentor as well as training in negotiating and deal-making as well as how to deliver a good pitch.

Sundance London

Last year, Film London hosted a Hub Talk at Sundance London, which brings the independent film showcase from Park City, Utah, to the O2 in Greenwich.

Running 25-27 April 2014, the third Sundance London is set to feature screenings alongside live music, panel discussions and special events. News of Film London's participation in this year's event will be announced in the Film London weekly newsletter.

The 30th Sundance Film Festival runs 16-26 January in Park City, Utah.

Read more about the Sundance 2014 programme

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