After pivoting its 2021 occasion right into a profitable hybrid model, the Sundance Movie Competition is making ready to do the identical for its 2022 version, which has as we speak been introduced to happen January 20 – 30, 2022. Per an official launch, the pageant will once more happen each in-person and on-line. The pageant provides that its groups “are within the technique of designing a protected and accessible Competition the place our audiences and artists can come collectively to have a good time and uncover new work, and one another.”
Last June, because the coronavirus pandemic continued to rage the world over, the pageant rolled out an progressive hybrid plan to make sure each the existence of a pared-down in-person aspect and a sturdy on-line hub for the digital attendance of these unable to journey to Park Metropolis, Utah.
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Whereas different festivals opted to go totally digital or postpone their bodily editions altogether, heavy hitters like TIFF and Sundance each mounted occasions that supplied each bodily and digital parts. Each festivals finally went the hybrid route, with TIFF unspooling final September and Sundance providing up its occasion in late January and early February.
Sundance’s 2021 program was accessible via a custom-built digital platform, with screenings that used the Shift72 participant that’s grow to be an trade commonplace for digital movie festivals. “This entire pageant looks like a prototype of some form,” newly put in Sundance director Tabitha Jackson told IndieWire earlier this year. “It’s a grand experiment.”
As IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote after the festival, at the same time as a principally digital affair, the pageant was a hit, notably because of its profitable on-line platform. “Three-hour home windows for movies meant viewers might peruse this system with out concern of scheduling overlaps or delayed shuttle buses,” he wrote. “The streaming platform, designed by an in-house crew that used digital pageant powerhouse Shift72 as its participant (the corporate that additionally designed digital options in 2020 for SXSW, NYFF, and TIFF), by no means crashed in the midst of a premiere. No experiences of piracy. Trade professionals and passionate amateurs might dig via the lineup; critics might evaluation it.”
Whereas the 2021 experiment concerned each a shorter pageant run (simply seven days) and fewer movies, as we speak’s 2022 date announcement reveals that one factor is getting again to regular: the pageant will now return to its extra conventional 10-day run.
Because the world continues to battle the pandemic, there are many indicators of life within the pageant world. Cannes will once more return to the Croisette this 12 months, although in July as an alternative of Might. The Karlovy Range Movie Competition within the Czech Republic at the moment plans to carry a bodily pageant July 2 – 10, whereas the Locarno Movie Competition in Switzerland has August 4 – 14 on the calendar. Earlier than all of that, Tribeca will host its own in-person event (although with a watch towards out of doors occasions) in June.
Sundance plans to have extra particulars to announce this summer time.
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