The Sundance Film Festival is moving mostly online in 2021, the festival announced in a press release Wednesday. This means the exclusive event will be open to more people than ever before.
Here are the details about the upcoming festival.
When is the 2021 Sundance Film Festival?
- The festival will run Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2021.
- The first films will debut at 6 p.m. MST on Jan. 28.
How will the online festival work?
- All the festival’s films will be available to watch online in the United States, with some of the films available globally.
- Over 70 films will be part of the 2021 festival.
- Each of the films will premiere online in a specific time slot, with multiple films being shown every three hours between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Each film will be followed by a live Q&A.
- After the premiere screening, all films will be available on demand two days later for 24 hours.
Will there be any live events at the 2021 festival?
- The festival will also have “Satellite Screens” in communities in 25 different states. Each location will curate their own events and screen films from the festival. The full list of locations, which includes the Salt Lake Film Society in Salt Lake City, can be found here.
- There will also be screenings at The Ray in Park City, and The Rose Bowl and Tiki Drive-ins in Los Angeles.
What other events will be online?
- The Short Film and Indie Series programs will feature 50 short films and four episodic works that will be available online from the festival on demand.
- Sundance’s New Frontier will be available on a virtual platform.
- Full talks and other events will also be available globally online.
When will tickets be available?
- Tickets will go on sale to the general public Jan. 7.
- Tickets will be available for the full festival, a single day, or a single screening.
What they’re saying
- “Our Festival footprint has changed this year, but we are excited to bring an incredible community together in new ways to engage with new artists and new stories — whether they’re joining us for the first year or have been for decades,” Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam said in a press release. “Our ambition is for everyone to come together, safely, wherever they may be, and participate in screenings on our platform at the same time. The Sundance team has consulted with artists, worked with incredible partners, and built a plan to welcome new audiences and capture a true Festival spirit.”