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Sundance Film Festival cancels live screenings in Utah amid COVID-19 spike

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The 2022 festival, like the 2021 edition, is happening virtual.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) People visit historic Main Street in Park City on Thursday, December 30, 2021. The Sundance Film Festival on Wednesday canceled planned live screenings for January events amid the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.

For the second year in a row, Sundance Film Festival will not be showing the film in Utah – because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Sundance Institute, the nonprofit arts group that runs the festival, announced Wednesday that it will directly cancel the in-person portion of its 2022 hybrid festival that had been scheduled in Utah due to a recent spike in coronavirus cases.

For now, the studio will only stream its group of films online, from January 20 to 30.

“While it is a profound loss not to have had a first-hand experience in Utah, we do not believe that bringing together thousands of artists, audiences, staff, volunteers and partners from around world is not possible with 11- festival organizers said in a statement.

The festival will only take place online in 2021, but organizers have planned a combined festival – with screenings back at locations in Park City and Salt Lake City, as well as online. , in 2022.

– This is a developing story and will be updated.

https://www.sltrib.com/artsliving/2022/01/05/sundance-film-festival/ Sundance Film Festival cancels live screenings in Utah amid COVID-19 spike

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