The Sundance Film Festival has canceled its in-person schedule and will be held virtually instead as the United States faces an increase in cases of the Covid-19 Omicron variant.
Organizers said it was a “deep loss” not to have the festival in Park City, Utah, but that it was not “safe or feasible” to bring together thousands of delegates from around the world.
This is the first time that Sundance has taken place entirely as a virtual festival, after a hybrid format, combining in-person and online screenings, was adopted for the 2021 release. A hybrid event was also planned. for this year.
Although in-person elements have been removed, the programmers said Sundance will still run as an 11-day event from January 20 to 30 with an online screenings schedule.
Ticket holders will be contacted with an update on tickets already purchased, a representative added.
“Today, as we navigate whatever the pandemic throws at us, we come back to what is certain: coming together – in every way possible – is profound. Community matters. We follow the artist. We therefore look forward to sharing with you the extraordinary work that feeds our festival, living it together and celebrating the artists who will change culture, ”they said.