The Sundance Film Festival was gearing up for an ambitious hybrid event later this month, but those plans are now squashed thanks to the Omicron COVID-19 surge. Sundance is instead planning for a completely virtual event starting on January 20th, along with a handful of screenings in local markets. While disappointing, the festival’s investment in a better digital platform last year puts it in a better position than other major events. (Looking at you, CES.) And of course, you’ll still be able to check out the Sundance New Frontiers experiences in VR. Based on our experience last year, it’ll be well worth it.
“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,” Sundance Film Festival director Tabitha Jackson wrote in an e-mail to attendees.