SALT LAKE CITY — If you want to go to the Sundance Film Festival in Utah next year, you'll have to be fully vaccinated.
Festival director Tabitha Jackson announced Tuesday that anyone who wants to attend an in-person Sundance 2022 event in Utah will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
"As we plan for the 2022 festival, one of our most important considerations is how best to safely bring together artists, audiences, volunteers and staff from around the world," Jackson said in a letter posted on Sundance's website. "We are providing this information now to ensure that all in-person participants feel comfortable attending, and can adjust their travel plans if needed."
The festival will take place from Jan. 20-30, 2022.
Like the 2021 festival, next year's Sundance will take place both in-person and online, Jackson said. Films will premiere at in-person screenings during the first half of the festival in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort. Films will then premiere online after that using the festival's on-demand online platform that debuted during the 2021 festival.
"We are delighted that the community can once again make the annual pilgrimage back to the festival in Utah, and we also invite audiences to join us online from wherever they are," Jackson said.
The 2021 festival allowed more people to participate in Sundance who had never had the chance to participate before, Jackson said, adding that more young people were also able to join. Festival organizers are committed to inviting new audiences of people to participate in the festival moving forward, she said.
To that end, the festival will continue partnering with regional cinemas and arts organizations to provide in-person Sundance opportunities outside of Utah, she said.
Submissions are open now for the festival. For more information, visit sundance.org.
"For the bold, the curious, the independent-minded everywhere, I'm looking forward to seeing you in Utah and beyond in 2022," Jackson said.