The Slamdance Film Festival has pushed again its 2022 begin date by every week and eradicated in-person plans for its annual indie-focused fest, turning into the newest business occasion to drag again within the face of the rising omicron variant of Covid.
Slamdance had been schedule to run January 20-23 as a hybrid occasion in Park City however will now kick off January 27-February 6. Organizers mentioned Thursday that its screenings, occasions and dwell Q&As will now shift to digital shows.
“Although we are disappointed that we won’t be able to participate in the communal, in-person experience, we know we can create a unique festival experience for all of our filmmakers through Slamdance’s online platform,” mentioned Peter Baxter, Slamdance president and co-founder. “We are looking forward to utilizing the expertise we’ve already gained in attracting a global audience, building upon our accessibility goals and pushing the boundaries of what a decentralized festival can be.”
Organizers mentioned the beginning date shifted by every week to permit for the transition from bodily occasions to online-only.
The transfer comes as the opposite movie pageant in Park City, Sundance, tightened its restrictions for in-person occasions at its 2022 version set to run January 20-30. Sundance mentioned at the moment it should now require proof of booster photographs to attend screenings and occasions, and theaters will present movies in entrance of reduced-capacity, masked audiences, with no concessions to be offered. Testing necessities had been additionally added for attendees.
Other business occasions have been compelled to postpone or cancel their occasions as omicron spreads together with the Academy’s Governors Awards and the Critics Choice Awards.