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Sundance postpones London and Hong Kong festivals. What about summer?

Sundance Institute will also be making its Sundance Co//ab webinars and masterclasses, which were previously available only to paying members, open and free of cost.

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The Sundance Film Festival in Park City in January 2001.

The Sundance Film Festival in Park City in January 2001.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

The Sundance Institute is postponing its 2020 festivals that were planned for London and Hong Kong, and will also be “reimagining” all live programming scheduled through August, according to a statement released on Tuesday.

Other programs that will be affected by the change include the 2020 season of summer Labs, which have been running since 1981, as well as workshops and intensives, according to the statement from Sundance.

Sundance London had been scheduled to take place May 28-31, according to Variety. The festival would have included a selection of films from January’s festival

Sundance Hong Kong was not yet scheduled, but took place last year in September, Varietyreported. New dates for the London and Hong Kong festivals have not yet been announced.

Many of the other affected programs will be adapted for their digital platform, Sundance Co//ab, according to the statement.

The resources at Sundance Co//ab, including webinars, member Q&As, and masterclasses, were previously available only to paying members. However, Sundance will now make them available at no cost.

Sundance noted that sign-ups for Sundance Co//ab have nearly doubled within the last two weeks.

“We are excited about the potential to gather independent creators on Sundance Co//ab at a time when many are in need of community, mentorship, inspiration, and collective action,” Sundance said in the statement on Tuesday.

Sundance will also be collaborating with the National Endowment for the Arts on an initiative to meet urgent needs of artists and other arts organizations.