Robert Redford Addresses Diversity in Film at Sundance Opener

Robert Redford, founder and president of the Sundance Institute, addresses reporters during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Opening Day Press Conference at the Egyptian Theatre on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Robert Redford, founder and president of the Sundance Institute, addresses reporters during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Opening Day Press Conference at the Egyptian Theatre on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Sundance Film Festival founder Robert Redford is not concerned about the lack of diversity at the Oscars.

As Sundance opened on Thursday, the Oscar winner said he’s focused on the work and the reward it brings.

Sundance has always embraced diversity because of its independent nature, he said, declining to address how mainstream Hollywood might replicate those demographics. This year’s Oscar nominees include only white actors and actresses.

Diversity stems from independent film, Redford said.

Sundance runs through Jan. 31. This year’s festival includes 123 films chosen from 12,700 submissions.

SOURCE: AP – Sandy Cohen