People may buy tickets to watch premieres and take part in Q&A sessions online.
The annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah is going ‘virtual’ this year. As a result of the pandemic, the festival is mostly virtual, with limited showings around the country.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, in-person attendance will be much smaller for this year’s event. But Sundance organisers have risen to the occasion by expanding their horizons and offering a largely ‘virtual’ festival that kicks off January 3 and continues through February 3. Films presented at the festival will include 72 features and 50 shorts.
Speaking about the virtual film fest, Tabitha Jackson, Festival Director said: “The festival is coming from a place of needing to completely reimagine and take the pieces we know are part of our essence, and build them into something different. The submissions were only slightly down from previous years, mainly from US production.
“We also got films that were made in Covid, reflected in the subject matter or in the form. … It’s been interesting for us to be able to be one of the first showcases for creativity that came through a pandemic or is being made in the midst of it.”
Some films already getting buzz are Robin Wright’s directorial debut, Land, the psychological thriller Knocking and Zoe Lister-Jones’ latest project, How It Ends.
People can buy tickets to watch premieres and take part in question-and-answer sessions online. Sundance is also putting on drive-in and other outdoor screenings in some US cities.