Redford eyes Brazil Sundance event

29th Jan 2013

Hollywood legend Robert Redford is hoping to recreate the success of the London edition of the Sundance Film Festival with another version in Rio de Janeiro, it has been reported.

Speaking to Television Business International (TBI), he said the UK event, held in conjunction with entertainment and venues firm AEG, had made him want to look even further afield and the Brazilian city is top of his list.

In an exclusive interview he said he had been inspired by invitations from around the world, saying Sundance London had given him "confidence to do it elsewhere".

He added: "The part that interests me the most is Brazil. I think Rio would be a very good place to go."

The actor holds the original Sundance festival every January at Park City, Utah, close to his ski-area home. The festival highlights the work of independent filmmakers in the United States.

Redford said he was cautious at first about bringing Sundance to London but the success of the four-day event at The O2 Arena has led to deals for two more festivals in the capital, the next being from April 25-28.

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