The festival of movie theater independent of Sundance It will be held in a completely virtual format given the expansion of the omicron variant of the coronavirus.
In a statement, the organization of the exhibition explained this Wednesday that all the events that it planned to celebrate this year in person in Utah (USA) will be online.
“We were looking forward to our first Festival of Movie theater from Sundance completely hybrid and our teams have spent a year planning a festival like no other, “lamented the organization of the event in a statement.
However, he added, “despite the most ambitious protocols, the omicron variant with its unexpectedly high rates of contagion is pushing the limits of health security, travel and other infrastructure in the country.”
In this sense, the festival explained that it did not see feasible for thousands of artists, members of the public, workers and volunteers to come together in this event over eleven days, while local authorities have problems offering the most essential services .
“It was a difficult decision to make,” they continued, “as a non-profit organization, the spirit of Sundance is to make something work even against the elements, but the number of cases is expected to increase in our host community the week of the festival. ”
The organizers expressed their “disappointment” at not being able to celebrate the festival in a hybrid way, but affirmed that spectators will still be able to enjoy the festival. “magic and energy” of the event.
Despite this decision, the date of the festival remains: it will begin on January 20 as planned and will last eleven days.
It was expected that Sundance It was one of the first festivals on the cinephile circuit to return to a completely face-to-face format with full capacity, after reduced editions such as the last Berlinale or the most recent Cannes.
The decision of Sundance coincides with the one announced this Wednesday by the Recording Academy that has decided to postpone due to omicron the celebration of the 64th Grammy Awards gala, scheduled for January 31 in Los Angeles (USA), until a date still to be decide.