The Sundance Film Festival will require all on-site attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the 2022 event, to be held both online and in-person.
“As we plan for the 2022 Festival, one of our most important considerations is how best to safely bring together artists, audiences, volunteers, and staff from around the world,” wrote festival director Tabitha Jackson in a letter to attendees and delegates today (Aug. 3). “As part of our commitment to this community, we will be requiring all participants attending the festival, or Sundance-affiliated events, in person in Utah to be fully vaccinated. We are providing this information now to ensure that all in-person participants feel comfortable attending, and can adjust their travel plans if needed.”
Jackson said organizers would share more detailed information about the precautions to be taken as the festival launch nears, such as mask mandates and other safety protocols. The 2022 Sundance Film Festival is scheduled to run from Jan. 20 to Jan. 30, 2022.
For the 2022 event, in-person screenings will be held in Park City, Salt Lake City, and at the Sundance Mountain Resort. Films will premiere during the festival’s opening half Jan. 20 to 25. Online premieres will follow the in-person premieres, using Sundance’s custom-built online platform rolled out for the 2021 festival. Awards will be announced on Jan. 28 ahead of a final weekend of award-winner screenings both in person and online.
Submissions are currently open, and organizers are building the program with plans to maintain a “tight focus” somewhere in the realm of 80 features.
Even with the newly announced in-person restrictions, Jackson said the festival’s aim is to continue to grow its audience. “During last year’s festival, even when denied the chance to gather in a single place, the power of converging in a single moment was undeniable. We were able to expand the possibility of who could take part. And as we prepare for 2022, we remain committed to this invitation to new audiences.”