A typical in the course of the begin of a cinematic calendar, the Sundance Movie Pageant takes place in Park Metropolis, Utah, each January. Now, 2021 appears a great distance off, however the fest is already beginning to plan for a way the newest version of Sundance can nonetheless go on. In fact, a lot will depend upon what the Coronavirus scenario is, as there received’t be a competition if there’s a pandemic nonetheless occurring. Nonetheless, if COVID-19 permits (admittedly, an enormous if), the powers that be are Sundance are planning for a strategy to be as minimally impacted as attainable. Learn on for extra on these plans…
Based on The Hollywood Reporter, Sundance will incorporate a number of new wrinkles for his or her upcoming competition. For one factor, there will likely be a web-based element for the primary time, which is principally a requirement for any fest at present. Past that, theaters across the nation may also have the ability to participate, presumably all within the hopes of spacing folks out. Whether or not it really works or not, we’ll see, nevertheless it’s no less than an thought price contemplating.
Right here’s a bit from their story:
Newly-installed Sundance Movie Pageant director Tabitha Jackson is pushing forward together with her occasion’s 2021 version, however is weighing bodily and digital choices for the competition amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic.
“Though it’s honest to say that I had not factored a worldwide pandemic and a global reckoning round racial justice into my job software, I did know that as we write the following chapter within the unimaginable historical past of the Sundance Movie Pageant I’d need to pose a barely counterintuitive query: “The place do we start?” Jackson requested in an competition weblog posted on the Sundance Institute web site.
Count on a first-time on-line element for Sundance. “On the heart of all our planning, the 2021 Sundance Movie Pageant could have a web-based residence, making the competition accessible in a means it by no means has been earlier than,” Jackson mentioned.
The 2020 version of Sundance occurred final January in Park Metropolis because the Utah mountain resort welcomed festivalgoers from world wide to crowded film theaters as the worldwide coronavirus unfold started to seize media headlines. Sundance organizers, whereas acknowledging they had been “lucky” to tug off this yr’s occasion, don’t need to take public well being dangers subsequent yr.
So whereas the distinguished movie competition will proceed to be based mostly in Utah, Sundance may also align with no less than 20 indie and group cinemas throughout the U.S. because it appears to construct a “grand partnership of communities.” Sundance is in early talks with cinemas in Los Angeles, New York Metropolis, Austin, Louisville, Nashville, Atlanta, Detroit and Mexico Metropolis.
Keep tuned for extra when we’ve it.