Sundance Film Festival going mostly virtual, will also host satellite screenings

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The Sundance Film Festival is going all in on the virtual experience for 2021, creating and launching its own custom-designed online platform in addition to hosting limited in-person events, the Sundance Institute announced Wednesday.

All films, events and talks the Park City, Utah, festival will be available online — in an effort to move forward despite the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said. The festival’s New Frontier section will also be available globally and will allow accredited festival-goers to interact via audio and video chat.

“Even under these impossible circumstances artists are still finding paths to make bold and vital work in whatever ways they can,” first-year Festival Director Tabitha Jackson said in a statement. “So Sundance, as a festival of discovery, will bring that work to its first audiences in whatever ways we can.”

In an expansion of the Utah-based festival, the Sundance Institute will host limited, in-person screenings across the US, including at the Rose Bowl and Mission Tiki Drive-Ins in California.

The festival said it will adhere to safety guidelines and will provide more specifics once the programming lineup is announced.

The annual festival, which normally runs for 10 days, will be truncated to seven in January 2021. It will run from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3.

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