Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals Cancel 22 In-Person Screenings

Well, it’s official. We just can’t have nice things these days. This dastardly old variant of Omicron gave COVID a whole new flavor to kick off 2022, and the surge it sparked continued and derailed the in-person part of the Sundance and Slamdance film festival duels. of Park City. The festival‘s hybrid lineups were meant to mark Park City’s triumphant return as the epicenter of the independent film universe, but as we’ve seen so often of late, the best-laid plans are virtually worthless these days. .

The festival organizers had done their best to stem the tide of Omicron. Sundance required all attendees, including filmmakers, talent, volunteers and ticket holders, to show proof of vaccinations (including boosters for everyone eligible) and wear masks. The festival dates remain unchanged, but single ticket sales that were supposed to be available this week will now go on sale next week on January 12 (for Sundance members) and January 13 (for the general public). People who have already purchased passes and ticket packages will be upgraded to have online access to films during the festival.

Curiously, Sundance screenings at seven satellite venues in Amherst, Mass.; Baltimore; Lawrence, Kan.; Memphis; San Diego; Seattle; and Winston-Salem, NC are still scheduled even though events across Utah have been canceled.

The decision to put Sundance online follows that of the Slamdance Film Festival, which announced in December that it would reschedule its dates and put the entire program online. Originally scheduled for January 20-23, Slamdance’s indie lineup is now scheduled for January 27-February 27. 6.

It’s pretty disappointing for everyone involved, including some writers who were planning on attending the event under the guise of doing some real work. But there’s still a great range of creative independent films available to aficionados. Support film festivals from the comfort of your own home for the second year in a row and cross your fingers that the excitement and energy of Sundance and Slamdance will return to Park City next January.

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