WEEK IN WOMEN: Sundance Film Fest 2022 goes Virtual – Brandy McDonnell reports
PARK CITY, UTAH – Due to the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 Sundance Film Festival is going fully online.
Originally planned as a hybrid event, the scheduled in-person events were scrapped this week as the highly virulent omicron variant has sent COVID case numbers soaring once again.
“While it is a deep loss to not have the in-person experience in Utah, we do not believe it is safe nor feasible to gather thousands of artists, audiences, employees, volunteers, and partners from around the world, for an 11-day festival while overwhelmed communities are already struggling to provide essential services,” said Sundance Institute CEO Joana Vicente and Sundance Film Festival Director Tabitha Jackson in a joint statement.
“This was a difficult decision to make. As a nonprofit, our Sundance spirit is in making something work against the odds. But with case numbers forecasted to peak in our host community the week of the festival we cannot knowingly put our staff and community at risk. … It has become increasingly clear over the last few days that this is the right decision to make for the care and well-being of all of our community.” Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.