Are you wondering how to watch 2022 Sundance screenings, where to buy tickets for the upcoming film festival, and how they are handling the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic? We’ve compiled a list of resources below for your convenience.
On January 20, 2022, the Annual Sundance Film Festival resumes its tradition of bringing the vision of independent filmmakers onto the silver screen. With the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Variant, Sundance is going virtual this year. Online streaming events replace in-person screenings as fear and crises loom heavy on a world shrouded in uncertainty.
How to Experience the Sundance Film Festival This Year
- A step by step guide to the ins and outs of the virtual film festival can be found here.
- Packages for the festival are currently on sale, while single show tickets sales go live on January 13, 2022. You can pick up a ticket here.
- To watch the screenings, you will need to register an account.
- Alternatively, you can download the official Sundance Film Festival app. Ensure that your set up is functional, as the streaming site does not support internet explorer.
- For a breakdown of selected festival features, look no further.
Innovative Technology Takes the Virtual Spotlight
Certain components of the festival will take on a digital form in virtual reality, called the New Frontier. Utilizing a VR headset, attendees can access The Spaceship, a virtual venue situated alongside the International Space Station orbiting the Earth. Don’t have access to a VR headset? Have no fear, cosmonaut. New Frontier projects will also be accessible via browser.
The New Frontier will serve as a gateway to many events, including artist showcases, livestreams, and virtual social spaces where dedicated film premiere parties and live Q&A’s will be hosted. This allows filmmakers and audiences to come together in a clever workaround to the lack of in-person gatherings typically attributed to “festivals”. The Spaceship can be accessed here.
Satellite Theaters Host Gatherings For the Festival
While no official in-person screenings will be held within Salt Lake or Park City, the ancestral home of the Sundance Film Festival, the cinematic tradition will continue at several satellite theaters across the country, where audiences are set to gather and watch the newest iteration of indie filmmaking amid a global pandemic with virtually no end in sight.
While most of this information is recent, we advise you to check back regularly over the course of the next few days as we expect updates and changes related to potentially every aspect of this year’s film festival. Even during crisis, perhaps more so, the need for story tellers to share their vision remains evident, as audiences hunger for understanding and escape in an era marked by division, social upheaval, and technological revolution.