The Sundance Institute announced its plans for the 2021 festival. Its Sundance Film Festival normally held in Utah will now take place in a mostly digital format. Alongside, there will be drive-ins, independent arthouse showings, etc that showcase the films as well. during the shortened seven-day festival. Official dates for the festival are January 28 to February 3 of next year. Finding a way for Sundance to exist during COVID-19 sees the festival in a new chapter for 2021. Through careful planning the institute hopes the essence, spirit and brilliance of festival is alive and well in this format. This truly is an online collaborative experience between artists, films, and fans.

“Our Festival footprint has changed this year, but we are excited to bring an incredible community together in new ways to engage with new artists and new stories — whether they’re joining us for the first year or have been for decades,” said Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam. “Our ambition is for everyone to come together, safely, wherever they may be, and participate in screenings on our platform at the same time. The Sundance team has consulted with artists, worked with incredible partners, and built a plan to welcome new audiences and capture a true Festival spirit.”

Director Keri Putnam

Starting day one featured films at Sundance will premiere every three hours beginning at 6 pm MT. All the short films and episodic work will air on-demand via the festivals on demand platform. Keeping in tradition it’s all about collaboration. Sundance wants to meet their audiences where they are. To learn more about the upcoming festival as well as buy tickets go here. See all the participating cities and locations in the socially distanced second have listed below.

Alabama: Birmingham with Sidewalk Film Festival
Sidewalk Film Center, Sidewalk Drive-In

Arizona: Tucson with The Loft Cinema
The Loft Open Air Cinema

Montclair with American Cinematheque
Mission Tiki Drive-In
Pasadena with the Rose Bowl
Rose Bowl Drive-In
San Francisco with The Roxie Theater
Roxie Theater, Fort Mason Drive-In

Colorado: Denver with Denver Film
Sie FilmCenter

Key West with Tropic Cinema
Tropic Cinema, The Key West Lighthouse, The Truman Little White House, The Ernest Hemingway House and Museum
Miami with Third Horizon and O Cinema
New World Symphony SoundScape Park and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center

Atlanta with Atlanta Film Society
The Plaza Theater, Plaza Drive-In, Dad’s Garage Drive-In
Macon with Macon Film Festival
Douglass Theatre

Hawaii: Honolulu with Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA)

Iowa: Iowa City with FilmScene
FilmScene at The Chauncey

Kansas: Wichita with microcinema, Wichita Art Museum, Groover Labs

Kentucky: Louisville with TheSpeed Art Museum
Speed Art Museum

Louisiana: New Orleans with New Orleans Film Society
The Broad Theater

Maryland: Baltimore with Maryland Film Festival
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theater

Massachusetts: Brookline with Coolidge Corner Theatre
Coolidge Corner Theatre

Michigan: Detroit with Cinema Detroit

Minnesota: Minneapolis-St. Paul with FilmNorth
Riverview Theater

New York: Pleasantville with Jacob Burns Film Center 
Jacob Burns Film Center & Media Arts Lab

Ohio: Columbus with Gateway Film Center
Gateway Film Center

Oklahoma: Tulsa with Circle Cinema
Circle Cinema, Circle Cinema Drive-In, Admiral Twin Drive-In, Philbrook Museum, OSU-Tulsa, Tulsa University, Gilcrease Museum

Pennsylvania: Philadelphiawith BlackStar Film Festival

Puerto Rico: San Juan with Asociación de Documentalistas de Puerto Rico (AdocPR)
Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR)

South Carolina: Columbia with The Luminal Theater
Spotlight Cinemas Capitol 8

Memphis with Indie Memphis
Malco Summer Drive-In
Nashville with Belcourt Theatre
Belcourt Theatre

Austin with Austin Film Society
AFS Cinema
Dallas with Aviation Cinemas
Texas Theatre
Houston with Houston Cinema Arts Society
MoonStruck Drive-In, DeLUXE Theater

Park City
The Ray
Salt Lake City with Salt Lake Film Society

Washington: Seattle with Northwest Film Forum

Sundance Film Festival

You can buy tickets for the upcoming Sundance Film Festival here.


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The Reclusive Blogger aka Brittney Williams is a music, editorial & fine arts photographer and writer based in Los Angeles, California — When I'm not taking photos or writing (I love writing poetry and writing about music). You'll find me at a concert (come say hi I'm super nice and have Converse on!), listening music and even making electronic music. You will also find me super active (and super friendly) on social media and I love to spend time with my family. :)

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