Coronavirus: Sundance Postpones London, Hong Kong Festivals
The Sundance Institute has postponed the 2020 editions of its London and Hong Kong festivals as a result of ongoing coronavirus pandemic. New dates are but to be introduced.
In a press release issued Tuesday, organizers mentioned: “We have now made the choice to reimagine the 58 stay applications we had deliberate by way of August 2020,” and that these occasions “will not be in-person gatherings.”
Sundance London, a choice of movies from January’s pageant in addition to trade programming, was resulting from run Might 28-31, whereas Sundance Hong Kong had but to set dates. The pageant final yr was held mid-September.
Different affected applications embrace the 2020 season of summer season labs that was resulting from happen on the Sundance Resort in Utah, the movie music program on the Skywalker Ranch in California, and a number of other workshops.
Many of the applications will likely be tailored for the Institute’s digital platform Sundance Co//ab, a beforehand paid subscription service that’s now free to all. New sign-ups to Co//ab have doubled within the final two weeks, Sundance mentioned.
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“As we put together for the 2021 Sundance Movie Pageant, we acknowledge the seismic shifts which are already occurring in our subject, and the truth that daring, contemporary pondering is required,” the Institute mentioned.
“We’re in conversations with different movie festivals and nonprofits to share concepts, and to make sure that we’re eliminating duplicative, costly efforts and dealing as collectively and effectively as potential to assist the filmmakers whose pageant premieres and releases didn’t occur this spring, and people whose movies are in suspended states of manufacturing.”
The Institute’s current collaboration with the Nationwide Endowment for the Arts to make sure sustainability within the arts subject has been accelerated, and bi-weekly digital subject conferences will likely be held to handle pressing wants raised by artists and peer arts organizations.