The Sundance Institute has canceled the in-person portion of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, switching to an online-only virtual experience for the second year in a row.

(Sundance Institute/Jonathan Hickerson)

(Sundance Institute/Jonathan Hickerson)

What’s Happening:

  • The Sundance Institute, a nonprofit arts organization, has made the difficult decision to not move forward with the in-person portion of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.
  • The announcement came two weeks ahead of the festival’s opening night on January 20th.
  • Sundance was already planning health and safety protocols for the event, which included mandatory vaccinations with a booster, a recent negative test result prior to entry into screenings, and face mask requirements during film screenings with no concessions allowed.
  • 2022 was to be a hybrid festival, a mix of in-person screenings in and around Park City, UT, and virtual screenings online.
  • Because of the high degree of transmissibility of the Omicron variant, the Sundance Institute decided that it was not responsible to host the in-person portion of the event this year.
  • As a result of this change, the online screening schedule will be adjusted and pass holders and ticket purchasers will be contacted in the coming days regarding any impacts.
  • Single tickets will now go on sale on January 13th for non-members at 10:00 am MT (January 12th is the membership pre-sale).
  • Although the Utah screenings have been canceled, seven satellite partners will host screenings for their local communities from January 28th-30th. The seven locations are:
    • a/perture cinema – Winston-Salem,  North Carolina
    • Amherst Cinema – Amherst,  Massachusetts
    • Digital Gym Cinema – San Diego,  California
    • Indie Memphis – Memphis,  Tennessee
    • Mama.film – Lawrence,  Kansas
    • Northwest Film Forum – Seattle,  Washington
    • Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theatre – Baltimore,  Maryland
  • You can learn more about the film’s screening at this year’s festival here.
  • For more details, visit festival.sundance.org