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2022 Sundance Film Festival To Require Full Vaccination for In-Person Attendees

Not long after New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced a “Key to NYC pass”, which will mandate proof of COVID-19 vaccination for certain non-essential services including restaurants, gyms, and entertainment venues, The Sundance Institute has published a press release on the updated health and safety measures of their 2022 festival, which will take place from January 20th to the 30th of next year, both in-person and virtual.

After announcing that submissions to the festival are now open, The Sundance Institue will now require that all guests who attend the festival or Sundance affiliated events in-person, in Utah must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. They are providing this information now to ensure that “all in-person participants feel comfortable attending, and can adjust their travel plans if needed.” Other updated health and safety measures will be shared closer to the festival.

This marks yet another cultural event to require in-person guests to be fully vaccinated, after the Telluride Film Festival announced it last month, and more will evidently follow suit. With the quick rise of the highly contagious Delta variant, festival organizers are trying to avoid another full shutdown and are doing the necessary precautions in order to keep everyone safe. While it’s unclear if the Toronto International Film Festival could potentially adopt the same approach for local attendees, per the federal government’s rules, Americans who want to cross the border to Canada must be fully vaccinated and provide this information through an app. Though only time will tell if the festival will adopt this measure for all in-person attendees.

Source: The Sundance Institute


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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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