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Sundance Film Festival’s online screenings drew a wider audience than its traditional showcase

More than 250,000 saw digital entries after organizers had to abandon in-person events in Park City due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Posted at 7:02 AM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 09:02:37-05

The 2021 Sundance Film Festival — presented online this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic — logged more than a quarter-million views of its movies during its seven-day run, festival organizers announced Monday.

Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute reported that festival attendees tallied 251,331 online views of the 73 feature films, 50 short films and four independent TV series during the festival, which ended last week.

That is more than the 215,873 seats filled during the 2020 festival in Park City, and venues in Salt Lake City and the Sundance resort — which drew some 116,800 people, according to Sundance’s own economic impact survey.

The 2021 festival’s “satellite screens,” with 40 theaters run by 20 art-house partners across the country, drew an estimated 20,000 attendees to its drive-in and socially distanced indoor and outdoor seated screenings, the institute reported.

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