Sundance cancels in-person events

2022 festival programme will go virtual

by Jennie Kermode

The resort in Utah where the festival is usually held
The resort in Utah where the festival is usually held Photo: David Poe

The Sundance Film Festival has today announced that it will be holding its 2022 screenings entirely online, dropping plans for a hybrid event. "Despite the most ambitious protocols, the Omicron variant with its unexpectedly high transmissibility rates is pushing the limits of health safety, travel and other infrastructures across the country," it said in a statement.

Reflecting on the loss which this would represent to filmmaker and artists, they added "The undue stress to Summit County’s health services and our more than 1,500 staff and volunteers would be irresponsible in this climate. It has become increasingly clear over the last few days that this is the right decision to make for the care and well-being of all of our community."

The festival will still open on 20 January and run for 11 days. Further details have yet to be released, with the festival stating: "We ask for your patience as we work to make the necessary adjustments."

Organisers added: "We believe in the transformative power of artists and their work. Today, as we navigate all that the pandemic throws at us we go back to what is certain: Gathering together - in whatever way we can - is profound. Community matters. We follow the artist. So, we look forward to sharing with you the extraordinary work that fuels our Festival, experiencing it together, and celebrating the artists who will change the culture."

Share this with others on...
News

Last exit for a stylish maverick Director of Diva and Betty Blue dies at 75

I see something in your eyes Iva Radivojević on Anne Waldman, Jorge Luis Borges, Alain Resnais, Mohammed Dib and Aleph

Experiencing difference in a positive way Dagmar Schultz on Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984-1992

Women peace Charlotte Sieling and Trine Dyrholm on the architecture of the script in Margrete: Queen Of The North

Berlin announces shooting stars Irish actress Clare Dunne among emerging talent

Berlin Film Festival shortens event Pandemic also leads to reduction in seating capacity

More news and features

We're currently bringing you coverage of the French Film Festival UK.



We've recently covered Tallinn Black Nights, plus DOC NYC, the London Korean Film Festival, Aberystwyth's Abertoir, New York's Newfest and Sci-Fi London, the London Film Festival, Manchester's Grimmfest and the New York Film Festival.



Read our full for more.


Visit our festivals section.

Interact

More competitions coming soon.