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Sundance Film Festival to premiere 70 films on custom online platform

Zazie Beetz at arrivals for NINE DAYS Premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2020
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The Sundance Film Festival is to go mostly virtual for 2021 – premiering more than 70 films on a custom online platform.

Festival director Tabitha Jackson announced on Wednesday (December 2, 2020) that next year’s festival – taking place between January 28th and February 3rd, (2021) – has been arranged to take place amid the coronavirus pandemic.

And while there will be some socially distanced screenings around the U.S., the majority of the festival, which usually takes place in Park City, Utah, will take place online during the seven-day event. In addition to films being screened, virtual Q&A sessions will be held with the cast and crew of some of the movies.

“(This) gives us the opportunity to reach new audiences, safely, where they are,” she said. “At the heart of all this is a belief in the power of coming together, and the desire to preserve what makes

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Suspended Gravity and Kindling Arts Festival Premiere Original Performance Film IN THE EYE

Suspended Gravity and Kindling Arts Festival Premiere Original Performance Film IN THE EYE

Long-time collaborators Kindling Arts Festival and Suspended Gravity, one of Nashville’s most in-demand aerial and circus collectives, announced today the virtual premiere of their new performance film In the Eye, created in collaboration with Griffin R. Dunn. The visual film experience, filmed on-location around Nashville, will premiere five new works created by members of the Suspended Gravity collective that speak to each artist’s individual struggles as they navigate a tumultuous world in an unpredictable year. In the Eye will premiere on Thursday, December 3rd at 7pm CST on the Kindling Arts YouTube channel.

In a year that has drastically altered plans and changed so many lives, Suspended Gravity takes a moment to reflect and explore the journey to find peace and balance in the midst of turbulent times. The new works included in In the Eye delve into themes of loss, anxiety, connection and rebirth, examining the human experience in

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Film Festival Programmers Speak in Favor of Hybrid Events

The hybrid festival model, combining in-theater screenings and online playout, that emerged during coronavirus lockdown periods may help festivals reach a wider audience, said panelists at a Singapore International Film Festival talk on Wednesday.

The transition from programming traditional festivals to putting together online ones initially posed tech problems, said Anderson Le, festival consultant and artistic director of the Hawaii International Film Festival, and Prashant Somosundram, GM of Singapore’s independent cinema The Projector.

“We spent our time on [mastering] streaming technology. It was a steep learning curve,” said Somosundram, recalling the time when cinemas were closed during the lockdown in Singapore.

The March 2020 lockdown disrupted the HIFF’s planning and scheduling. “We were in a panic a bit,” Le said. But the festival management quickly developed a streaming platform, and learned the details of technology, while simultaneously developing initiatives to help audiences adapt their devices to the festival’s streaming platform,

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The Sundance Film Festival is coming to … Fort Mason?

The coronavirus pandemic has brought the movie industry to a grinding halt, but for the nation’s premier film festival, the show must go on.

The Sundance Film Festival just announced that the 2021 iteration of their event (Jan. 28-Feb. 3) will take place online, as well as at independent theaters around the country.

In San Francisco, the Sundance Institute will partner with the Roxie Theater to screen films at the Fort Mason drive-in. Other California outposts for the festival include the Rose Bowl Drive-in in Pasadena and Mission Tiki Drive-In in Montclair (partnered with American Cinematheque).

In an interview with KQED, Roxie director of programming Isabel Fondevila said that the partnership has been in the works since the summer. In addition to offering logistical funding and sponsorship support, Sundance will also let their partners keep all the income from ticket sales.

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Red Nation film Festival Awards ‘Monkey Beach’ Top Prizes

The Red Nation Film Festival has announced the winners of the 2020 Red Nation Film Festival Awards, and Loretta Todd’s “Monkey Beach” swept with Best Picture, Lead Actress, Lead Actor and Best Director.

The festival, which pivoted to virtual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, also handed out prizes to “Gather” in the Best Documentary race and “Blackwater” in the animated short race.

Festival director and curator Joanelle Romero said, “Thank you to everyone who joined us at this year’s 25th RNCI Red Nation Awards presented by Red Nation Television Network and Red Nation Celebration Institute. With attendees and filmmakers across the United States and around the world, we came to you virtually, from everywhere, we reached Indigenous nations globally. The success of the festival this year was beyond anything we’ve experienced in previous years. The challenge now is making the impossible possible, in hiring Native talent in front

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2021 Sundance Film Festival Will Meet Audiences Where They Are

2021 Sundance Film Festival Will Meet Audiences Where They Are

The nonprofit Sundance Institute today unveiled plans for the seven-day 2021 Sundance Film Festival, offered digitally via a custom-designed online platform (festival.sundance.org) alongside drive-ins, independent arthouses, and a network of local community partnerships. The online expression of the Sundance Film Festival will provide global access for storytellers and audiences alike to come together, experience artists new work, connect with one another, and participate in conversation. All films in the program will be available online in the United States, with certain films opting for global availability. The full talks and events program, as well as the New Frontier section for XR and emerging media, will be available globally. The Festival runs January 28 through February 3, 2021.

“Even under these impossible circumstances artists are still finding paths to make bold and vital work in whatever ways they can,” says Tabitha Jackson, in her first year as Festival Director. “So Sundance,

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The Sundance Film Festival goes largely virtual for 2021

Leave the snow boots, parkas and glove warmers in the closet, the 2021 Sundance Film Festival is coming down from the mountain and straight to your living room.



FILE - The marquee of the Egyptian Theatre promotes the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Jan. 28, 2020. Organizers on Wednesday said that this year they will premiere over 70 films on a custom online platform during the seven day event. There will also be some socially distanced screening opportunities around the country. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)


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FILE – The marquee of the Egyptian Theatre promotes the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Jan. 28, 2020. Organizers on Wednesday said that this year they will premiere over 70 films on a custom online platform during the seven day event. There will also be some socially distanced screening opportunities around the country. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)

Organizers on Wednesday said that this year they will premiere over 70 films on a custom online platform during the seven day event. There will also be some socially distanced screening opportunities around the country. The festival, which is normally held in Park City, Utah, has been preparing for various scenarios for months as the

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Sundance Film Festival Director Tabitha Jackson On How 2021 Edition Will Play Out In Park City, Online And At An Art House Near You

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The Sundance Film Festival on Wednesday unveiled more details about its 2021 edition, which will span not only its Park City hub as previously announced but also several art houses and drive-ins nationwide, along with an online viewing platform so that all can partake and enjoy the fest during the pandemic.

The initial lineup of filmswill be announced in a couple of weeks, along with the full talks and events programs. This year’s Sundance runs January 28-February 3.

Of note, the only cinema that will be operating at this point in time in Park City will be the Ray, a venue that Sundance oversees. The Eccles at Park City High School, one of the fest’s prime premiere cinemas, is currently closed. I understand an awards program will occur, though it is in the early stages of planning what its exact format will be.

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Sundance Film Festival Unveils Plans for Socially Distanced 2021 Edition

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The next edition of Sundance Film Festival will take place in Park City, Utah — and New York, and Ohio, and Tennessee, and Kansas, and California, and Florida.

The 2021 festival, which runs from Jan. 28 through Feb. 3, is rolling out in numerous cities across the country as the annual gathering goes virtual because of the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, Sundance Institute outlined plans for the digital event, which will also include screenings at drive-in theaters, independent arthouse cinemas and cultural organizations.

“Even under these impossible circumstances artists are still finding paths to make bold and vital work in whatever ways they can,” says Tabitha Jackson, the newly minted festival director. “So Sundance, as a festival of discovery, will bring that work to its first audiences in whatever ways we can.”

In keeping with tradition from past Sundance Film Festivals, movies will

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The Sundance Film Festival to go virtual for the first time

The Sundance Film Festival has unveiled what its first largely virtual edition will look like in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers released the broad strokes for a shortened festival, set to run Jan. 28 through Feb. 3.

With programming details to be announced at a later date, next year’s festival will be accessible to audiences well beyond its usual home in Park City, Utah. All films in the festival will be available on a digital platform within the United States, with some films opting for global availability as well, while other festival events and talks will all be available globally.

The festival is planning to showcase 70-plus feature films, down from around 120 in its in-person 2020 edition. Each film will include a live Q&A after its scheduled premiere screening time, and will be available for subsequent streaming in limited windows. The festival program will have its usual four

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