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Sundance will require festival goers to be vaccinated against COVID-19

Sundance Film Festival-Vaccine
Posted at 10:36 AM, Aug 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-03 13:20:11-04

PARK CITY, Utah — Good news for movie lovers; the Sundance Film Festival will return in 2022, but will require people attending screenings or other festival events in Utah to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

According to Festival Director Tabitha Jackson, this is to ensure that "that all in-person participants feel comfortable attending, and can adjust their travel plans if needed.

"We will share our full details and processes for health precautions closer to the festival, including theater capacity along with information on mask-wearing. We will continue to assess other elements of health and safety protocols regularly and in accordance with best practices."

Sundance will also be available online to reach a broader audience, but will be open in-person at screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City, and at the Sundance Mountain Resort.

Next year's festival will be larger than the limited screenings shown online in 2021, but will offer a tighter schedule than in previous years, with 80 features. As in the past, films will premiere in the opening half of the festival from Jan. 20-25, 2022.

Additional screenings will continue in the second half of the festival, with awards announced on Friday, Jan. 28 in anticipation of a final weekend of award-winning films screened in person and online.

Sundance 2022 will also continue its partnership with regional cinemas and arts organizations, with satellite screens showing selections from the festival during its closing weekend of Jan. 28-30.