Sundance Film Festival cancels in-person events

“We have been looking forward to our first fully hybrid Sundance Film Festival and our teams have spent a year planning a festival like no other. But 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. And so, today we’re announcing: the Festival’s in-person Utah elements will be moving online this year,” organizers revealed Wednesday.

The yearly occasion, the biggest independent movie celebration in the United States, is schedule to run type Thursday, Jan. 20 – Sunday, Jan. 30. In 2015’s celebration happened completely online due the pandemic.

“While it is a deep loss to not have the in-person experience in Utah, we do not believe it is safe nor feasible to gather thousands of artists, audiences, employees, volunteers, and partners from around the world, for an eleven-day festival while overwhelmed communities are already struggling to provide essential services,” the celebration included its declaration.

The Celebration is a program of the non-profit Sundance Institute, a non-profit company that looks for to advance the work of independent writers in movie and theatre. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” “Fruitville Station” and “Little Miss Sunshine” are simply a few of the movies from current years to have actually very first gotten direct exposure at the celebration and gone on to extensive success.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.