Redford kicks off Sundance London
Published: April 25, 2013 12:22PM
Updated: April 25, 2013 02:49PM
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Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper, left, and Sundance Institute founder Robert Redford at the opening press conference Wednesday of the 2013 Sundance London Film and Music Festival. Gareth Cattermole | Getty Images

The folks who bring you the Sundance Film Festival every January are in London this week, giving the Brits a taste of Park City (minus the snow) at the second annual Sundance London Film and Music Festival.

At the opening press conference Wednesday, Sundance Institute founder Robert Redford took a light jab at the U.S. government’s lack of support for the arts.

“When you have a country [the U.S.] with an extremely conservative body that sees money spent on movies and the arts as trivial, it’s bad,” Redford said, according to the British paper The Express. “Someone needs to step up and argue about the economic benefits. The arts can bring billions to the table and there is an economic benefit.”

Sundance London is bringing some of this year’s Sundance Film Festival hits to Europe, as well as musical performances, panel discussions and more. It runs today through Sunday at London’s 02 Arena.