The 2022 Sundance Film Festival will not be held publicly and will be a virtual event. This was decided after seeing a spike in Covid-19 cases from the Omicron variant in recent times.To that end, the event, which was originally scheduled to take place publicly at Sundance in Park City, Utah, USA from January 20-30, will be held virtual for guests who cannot attend in person.
“Despite very strict protocols, the Omicron variant with an unexpectedly high transmission rate has pushed the boundaries of health, travel and other infrastructure safety across the country,” the organizers wrote in a statement. United States of America.
Open meetings held in person in Utah will be moved online this year. While we’re disappointed that we didn’t deliver the full hybrid experience and hands-on gathering that was originally hoped for, this year’s audience will still feel the magic and energy of our festival.”
The Sundance Institute added that the decision was made with much deliberation. One of them, they also do not want to endanger the staff by holding a live event. However, the latest programs and movies as well as other interesting content can be accessed through the virtual portal.
Meanwhile, invitees who attend the event location must go through a series of procedures such as getting a booster vaccine injection and showing a negative test result, as well as being prohibited from eating and drinking during the screening.
On this occasion, the organizer hopes that the Sundance Film Festival 2022 event can still be carried out live, considering that domestic cinemas have not been closed in the midst of this surge in new variants.
It is known that cinemas in the US are still showing the latest film, Spider-Man: No Way Home, which managed to score huge revenues in the midst of the pandemic.
The 2022 Sundance Film Festival is one of the prestigious film festivals in which there will be a series of film screenings, panel discussions, dinner with filmmakers, and meetings with many well-known filmmakers. The event, which was attended by people who work in the creative industry, lasted for 10 days.
Last year, the Sundance Film Festival took place virtually and offered physical screenings at select locations across the US.In addition to the Sundance Film Festival, a number of other important events in the United States have also undergone changes including the Grammy Awards, Palm Springs International Film Festival, the annual Governors Awards and the Critics Choice Awards.