Faced with the resurgence of COVID-19, Sundance is canceling its in-person event and is now betting on a 2022 edition that is 100% online, as in the previous year.
We are still far from being out of the woods. As the pandemic sets off again, event planners are forced to revise their plans at the last minute. If the CES has made the controversial choice to keep its event face-to-face, not everyone hears it that way.
The organization of the Sundance Festival has just announced the switch to all virtual of its event, a few days before the official launch. While planning a hybrid event, the latter finally prefers to skip her turn this year to protect the guests and her teams. the Next january 20, Utah movie theaters will therefore not welcome festival-goers.
In an email sent to attendees, Sundance Film Festival director Tabitha Jackson explains: “While it is a profound loss not to have the in-person experience in Utah, we do not think it is safe or feasible to bring together thousands of artists, participants, staff and volunteers from all over the world for this eleven-day event. ”
A VR experience
Like last year, to celebrate independent cinema around the world, Sundance will be hosting a virtual reality event. Launched in 2021 and called New Frontier, it digitally brings together moviegoers from around the world. The platform digitally reproduces the real conditions of this kind of event, namely a bar to discuss before and after the screenings, but also cinemas to enjoy the various films almost as in real life.
Among the productions in the spotlight of this 2022 edition, we will find among others a documentary series dedicated to Kanye West. Baptized Jeen-Yuhs: a Kanye Trilogy. At a birthday party in 1998, Coddie, a television host, first interviewed the hip-hop producer. He will then decide to document his rise to become a world figure on the music scene.