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Sundance cancels in-person film festival due to virus surge


Nepalnews
2022 Jan 06, 6:47, New York
The marquee of the Egyptian Theatre appears during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Jan. 28, 2020. The Sundance Film Festival is canceling its in-person festival and reverting to an entirely virtual edition due to the current coronavirus surge. Festival organizers announced Wednesday, Jan 5, 2022, that the festival will start as scheduled on Jan. 20, but will shift online. Last year's Sundance was also held virtually because of the pandemic. Photo: AP

Just two weeks before it was to be held in Park City, Utah, the Sundance Film Festival is canceling its in-person festival and reverting to an entirely virtual edition due to the current coronavirus surge.

Festival organizers announced Wednesday that the festival will start as scheduled on Jan. 20 but will shift online. The festival had been planned as a hybrid, with screenings both in Park City and online. Last year’s Sundance was also held virtually because of the pandemic.

“This was a difficult decision to make,” the festival said in a statement. “As a nonprofit, our Sundance spirit is in making something work against the odds. But with case numbers forecasted to peak in our host community the week of the festival we cannot knowingly put our staff and community at risk. The undue stress to Summit County’s health services and our more than 1,500 staff and volunteers would be irresponsible in this climate.”

The marquee of the Egyptian Theatre appears in Park City, Utah on Jan. 28, 2021. The Sundance Film Festival is cancelling its in-person festival and reverting to an entirely virtual edition due to the current coronavirus surge. Festival organizers announced Wednesday, Jan 5, 2022, that the festival will start as scheduled on Jan. 20, but will shift online. Last year's Sundance was also held virtually because of the pandemic.  Photo: AP
The marquee of the Egyptian Theatre appears in Park City, Utah on Jan. 28, 2021. The Sundance Film Festival is cancelling its in-person festival and reverting to an entirely virtual edition due to the current coronavirus surge. Festival organizers announced Wednesday, Jan 5, 2022, that the festival will start as scheduled on Jan. 20, but will shift online. Last year's Sundance was also held virtually because of the pandemic. Photo: AP

The cancellation of an in-person Sundance is a huge blow to an independent film industry that has struggled to stay afloat during the pandemic. Last year’s virtual Sundance, where films like “Summer of Soul (or The Revolution Will Not Be Televised)” and “CODA” made a splash, proved that a digital festival can still foster breakout hits. But filmmakers, executives, audiences and journalists had held out hope that Sundance — the premier American film festival and a launchpad for young filmmakers — could again kick off a new movie year with packed premieres in the Utah mountains.

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