Robert Redford has been travelling in Europe this week to promote the expansion of Sundance Channel across the region. His first stop was Spain, where he lived for some time, and where Sundance Channel has been growing steadily since its launch last year.
The trip is part of Redford’s vision to bring independent cinema to bigger audiences across the globe. “When Sundance Channel first started in the U.S. many years ago,” he said, “it was my dream for the network to expand worldwide to showcase the exciting work of independent filmmakers. It’s an honor to visit Spain – a country known for its vibrant film industry – to celebrate Sundance Channel’s expansion. We look forward to showcasing even more independent Spanish films at the festival and through our global network, as well as bringing the compelling stories of filmmakers around the world to audiences here locally.”
After his stop in Madrid, Redford travelled to Istanbul to celebrate the launch of Sundance Channel in Turkey for the first time. The network debuted this week on Digiturk, the country’s leading digital TV service. In addition to independent films and documentaries, the network airs some of the most exciting original series on TV, including Mad Men and Hell on Wheels. In January the channel will celebrate the annual Sundance Film Festival with 10 Days of Sundance, a line-up of festival favourites throughout the entirety of the big event in Park City, Utah. Below is a news clip featuring Redford discussing the growth of Sundance Channel around the world.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybY-isz8OJA]