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The Sundance Movie Competition has canceled its in-person occasions for 2022. The competition, which was scheduled to happen in particular person between Thursday, January 20, and Sunday, January 30, in Park Metropolis, Utah, will now happen wholly on-line. The information is available in response to the surging Omicron variant of COVID-19. The competition organizers gave the reasoning behind the announcement in a press release: “While it is a deep loss to not have the in-person experience in Utah, we do not believe it is safe nor feasible to gather thousands of artists, audiences, employees, volunteers, and partners from around the world, for an eleven-day festival while overwhelmed communities are already struggling to provide essential services.”

“The undue stress to Summit County’s health services and our more than 1,500 staff and volunteers would be irresponsible in this climate,” the assertion continues. “It has become increasingly clear over the last few days that this is the right decision to make for the care and well-being of all of our community.”

Sundance Movie Competition was at all times meant to be a hybrid occasion, and digital components are going forward as deliberate for 11 days of on-line programming, “with screening schedule adjustments to account for an online only schedule.” In line with the organizers, in-person screenings will nonetheless happen in seven native communities between January 28 and 30.

Simply yesterday, IndieWire had reported that “distributors, sales agents, and publicists confirmed that they had no immediate plans to change their intentions of attending unless Sundance itself canceled the physical event.” A Sundance consultant commented on the time, “We are working thoughtfully and quickly to assess the public health situation in Utah, speaking with our partners in Summit County, and others critical to producing the in-person experience.” In-person attendance would have required two vaccinations, a booster, and proof of unfavorable take a look at outcomes.

In 2021, the competition held a digital version. Many surprise if Sundance 2020 was an early superspreader occasion, with many attendees later reporting symptoms of an illness that will line up with accounts of COVID-19.

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