Sundance Film Festival to shorten 2021 edition

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Robert Redford’s Sundance Film Festival will take place in January – but as a shortened, socially distanced event.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, organisers have sought and been granted approval from officials in Park City, Utah, which hosts the event, to cut its length from 11 days to seven. It will now take place from 28 January to 3 February, according to Variety.

At a council meeting determining the future of next year’s festival Sundance chiefs also said they are limiting capacity in participating theatres to 25 per cent to allow distancing due to COVID-19 concerns.

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They have also asked Park City officials to waive a requirement that 70 per cent of events be hosted in the town, according to local news source

Sundance bosses previously indicated they want to partner with cinemas in other cities to host screenings and events, including, reportedly, in New York, Nashville, Austin, Detroit, Atlanta, and Mexico City.

Festival chiefs are also running an online edition of their annual London edition, which gets underway on Friday.


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