After a long wait and a turbulent year of festivals, Sundance has announced its plans for 2021.
If you're a movie buff, what better way to start a year than with a trip to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The festival offers one of the most haunting and pleasant atmospheres in front of magnificent mountain landscapes, parties, presses and the occasional snow storm.
This year, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, things will be very different. Today the festival announced changes to its usual format.
The festival has a shortened one-week run from January 28 to February 3, 2021.
Films will be shown on a new online portal, as well as in drive-ins, art house theaters in the US and other local locations.
All films will be available online in the US and select films will be available internationally. Everyone has access to the lecture and event program and the New Frontier program.
In a statement on December 2nd, Festival Director Tabitha Jackson expressed her enthusiasm for the new format.
"Even in these impossible circumstances, artists are still finding ways to do bold and vital work in every possible way," said Jackson. "Sundance as a festival of discovery will make this work available to its first audience in every possible way. The core of our festival in the form of an online platform and socially distant cinema experiences reacts to the pandemic and gives us the opportunity to safely reach new target groups there , where you are. "
Recognition: Jonathan Hickerson
The first day films will debut on Thursday, January 28th at 6 p.m. MT. The rest of the 70+ feature films premier online in a specific time slot, followed by a live Q&A. The films premier simultaneously approximately every three hours from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. MT.
It is clear that the festival tries to keep the feel of a personal event. Overlapping films force a festival-goer to make decisions about which films to show, which timed screenings, and then the live questions and answers.
All films will return to the online portal for a second screening two days after the premiere. You will be on request for 24 hours.
The short program and the program of the indie series are offered on request for the duration of the festival.
What about the theaters in the US? Sundance has put together an amazing network of smaller, independent cinemas to take part as additional screening locations for those who wish to see larger viewings.
The list of participating theaters is below.
- Birmingham With Sidewalk Film Festival: Sidewalk Film Center, Sidewalk Drive-In
- Tucson With The loft cinema: The Loft Open Air Cinema
- Montclair With American Cinematheque: Mission Tiki Drive-In
- Pasadena with the Bowl of roses Stadium: Rose Bowl Drive-In
- San Francisco With The Roxie Theater: Roxie Theater, Fort Mason Drive-In
- Denver With Denver movie: You FilmCenter
- Key West With Tropical cinema: Tropical Cinema, Key West Lighthouse, Truman's Little White House, Ernest Hemingway's House and Museum
- Miami With Third horizon and O cinema: New World Symphony SoundScape Park and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
- Atlanta With Atlanta Film Society: The Plaza Theater, Plaza Drive-In, Father's Garage Drive-In
- Macon With Macon Film Festival: Douglass Theater
- Honolulu With Doris Duke Theater In the Honolulu Art Museum (HoMA)
- Iowa City With FilmScene: Movie scene in the Chauncey
- Wichita With mom.film: mama.film microcinema, Wichita Art Museum, Groover Labs
- Louisville With The Speed Art Museum: Speed Art Museum
- New Orleans With New Orleans Film Society: The broad theater
- Baltimore With Maryland Film Festival: Parkway Theater of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation
- Brookline With Coolidge Corner Theater: Coolidge Corner Theater
- Detroit With Detroit cinema
- Minneapolis-St. Paul With FilmNorth: Riverview Theater
- Pleasantville With Jacob Burns Film Center: Jacob Burns Film Center & Media Arts Lab
- Columbus With Gateway Film Center: Gateway Film Center
- Tulsa With Circle Cinema: the Circle Cinema, Circle Cinema Drive-In, Admiral Twin Drive-In, Philbrook Museum, OSU-Tulsa, Tulsa University and Gilcrease Museum
- Philadelphia With BlackStar Film Festival
- San Juan With Asociación de Documentalistas de Puerto Rico (AdocPR): Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR)
- Columbia With The Luminal Theater: Spotlight Cinemas Capitol 8
- Memphis With Indie Memphis: Malco Summer Drive-In
- Nashville With Belcourt Theater: Belcourt Theater
- Austin With Austin Film Society: AFS cinema
- Dallas With Aviation cinemas: Texas Theater
- Houston With Houston Cinema Arts Society: MoonStruck Drive-In, DeLUXE Theater
- Park City: The beam
- Salt Lake City With Salt Lake Film Society
- Seattle With Northwest Film Forum
Tickets and passes will be available to the public from January 7th. You can buy a pass for the entire festival run, a single day, or a single performance. More details will be available later this month.
Visit the Sundance website for more information.