It's been a hard year for festivals, and this might be one way to get back to normal.
Although it's been nice to see innovation from festivals like Sundance and SXSW, which went fully online last year in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and opened their platforms to much wider audiences, there's also no replacing the festival experience. I'm sure a lot of us miss sharing the excitement of sitting in a dark auditorium and experiencing a new film for the first time.
Today, Sundance Film Festival Director Tabitha Jackson announced that the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, scheduled for January 20-30, 2022, will require in-person attendees of the festival and affiliated events to be fully vaccinated.
"We will share our full details and processes for health precautions closer to the Festival, including theater capacity along with information on mask-wearing," Jackson writes. "We will continue to assess other elements of health and safety protocols regularly and in accordance with best practices."
The 2022 festival will also continue to hold screenings online.
"All official feature film selections will play both in person and online," Jackson writes. "We will hold in-person screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City, and at the Sundance Mountain Resort. As always, films will premiere in the opening half of the Festival, which this year will be from Thursday, January 20, through Tuesday, January 25, 2022, with additional screenings to follow through the end of the Festival. Online premieres will follow the in-person premieres, using our custom-built online platform that was home to last year’s festival."
The festival will also continue the new tradition of its "Satellite Screens," partnering with independent theaters across the U.S. to hold regional screenings of Sundance films.
Are you planning to attend Sundance, or will you skip it this year? Tell us in the comments.