Veteran actor Robert Redford has blamed the arrival of Britney Spears at his Sundance Film Festival for attracting an unwanted "commercial" tag for the annual event.

The annual festival will celebrate 25 years of screening independent movies in Utah in January (05), and Redford admits he's not too thrilled with accusations his long running event is becoming more and more commercial.

He says, "The fact is that Sundance hasn't gone Hollywood. That's a very shallow, outside view. You'll get people like Britney Spears who show up, which has nothing to do with the festival, those people come and they bring the paparazzi.

"When you get that kind of attention and you're far enough outside, you get the impression that it's gone Hollywood. No.

"The fact of the matter is, we have never, ever changed our policies for how we program our festival. It's always been built on diversity.

"We're non-profit, for God's sake. The fact is that the diversity has become commercial. Because independent films have achieved their own success, Hollywood, being just a business, is going to grab them. So when Hollywood grabs your films, they go, 'Oh, it's gone Hollywood."

30/06/2004 21:27