Will the Sundance Film Festival 2022 be virtual?

THE Sundance Film Festival is known as an annual film festival organized by the Sundance Institute that highlights independent films from across the country.

Amid the news of the 2022 Grammy Awards being postponed, fans of the Sundance Film Festival started to wonder about the future of this year’s event.

The upcoming Sundance Film Festival will now be held virtually

Will the Sundance Film Festival 2022 be virtual?

The 2022 Sundance Film Festival is scheduled to take place from January 20 to January 30 but will look a little different.

On January 5, it was announced that the upcoming event will switch from a hybrid in-person and virtual event, to completely virtual amid Covid-19 concerns.

“We have been looking forward to our first fully hybrid Sundance Film Festival and our teams have spent a year planning a festival like no other. But despite the most ambitious protocols, the Omicron variant with its unexpectedly high transmissibility rates is pushing the limits of health safety, travel, and other infrastructures across the country. And so, today we’re announcing: the Festival’s in-person Utah elements will be moving online this year,” the organizers said in a statement.

“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.”

Last year’s festival also took place virtually due to Covid-19 concerns and it remains unclear what will happen at the 2023 event.

What is the Sundance Film Festival?

Each year, the Sundance Institue, a non-profit organization that “actively advances the work of independent storytellers in film and theatre,” hosts the Sundance Film festival which highlights new films in the industry.


Won’t You Be My Neighbor, Fruitville Station, and Little Miss Sunshine are among the recent films that have gained exposure at the festival with more expected from the 2022 event.

The festival has been around since August 1978 with 2022 marking its 44th year.

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Why were the 2022 Grammy Awards postponed?

On the same day that the Sundance Film Festival announced its virtual decision, the upcoming Grammy Awards announced that its event would be postponed indefinitely.

The decision comes amid Covid-19 concerns as the Omicron variety continues to spread across the United States.

“The health and safety of those in our music community, the live audience, and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly to produce our show remains our top priority,” the Recording Academy and CBS said in a joint statement.

“Given the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant, holding the show on January 31st simply contains too many risks. We look forward to celebrating Music’s Biggest Night on a future date, which will be announced soon.”

At this time, it remains unclear when the show will be rescheduled, however, sources have told Variety that a date may be chosen in April or May.

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