Sundance Film Festival will require attendees to be fully vaccinated

Sundance Film Festival will require attendees to be fully vaccinated

8/3/2021 6:17:00 PM

Sundance Film Festival will require attendees to be fully vaccinated

The 2022 Sundance Film Festival will include both in-person and online screenings. Attendees in Park City, Utah, will need to be fully vaccinated.

PrintThe 2022 Sundance Film Festival will require all participants attending in Utah to be fully vaccinated. In an announcement released on Tuesday,festival director Tabitha Jacksonsaid, “We are providing this information now to ensure that all in-person participants feel comfortable attending, and can adjust their travel plans if needed.”

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The announcement further reads, “As part of our commitment to this community, we will be requiring all participants attending the Festival, or Sundance-affiliated events, in person in Utah 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. We will continue to assess other elements of health and safety protocols regularly and in accordance with best practices.”

Sundance 2022 is scheduled to run from Jan. 20 through 30.The 2021 edition of the festivaltook place virtually and with in-person events in 20 cities across the United States, resulting in viewership numbers reported to be more than 2.5 times larger than the usual in-person festival based in Park City, Utah.

In Tuesday’s announcement, Jackson also noted that the 2022 festival will be larger than the previous year but still with a smaller program than in pre-pandemic years, estimating that around 80 features are expected to play during the festival. Films will play both online and in-person, with screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at the Sundance Resort. Online premieres will follow in-person premieres.

AdvertisementThe festival will also again have a series of satellite screenings at up to 10 arts organizations and regional cinemas around the country during the closing weekend.In the statement, Jackson said, “Since 1985, artists and audiences have gathered at the Festival to affirm the transformative power of independent film and media. And for all of those years, the Festival took place in our home state of Utah… until 2021, when we came together not in a place but in a moment,

fromplaces all around the world.”Jackson added, “In other words: It was Sundance, in a new form.”Tabitha Jackson speaks onstage at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony at Basin Recreation Yoga Studio on February 01, 2020 in Park City, Utah.

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