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Sundance Reveals Plans For 2023 Film Festival

The Sundance Institute has announced its plans for its 2023 film festival edition. Taking place from January 19 to the 29th, the festival will have a hybrid option, though a press release states that it is “designed with the priority of bringing the Sundance community back together in theaters to watch and experience next year’s culture-shaping stories.”

The in-person portion of the festival will begin on January 19, while select films will be made available to view online on January 24. The festival’s online offerings will showcase “on-demand, curated selection of feature films from the 2023 Festival, including all competition titles (U.S. Dramatic, U.S. Documentary, World Cinema Dramatic, World Cinema Documentary, and NEXT), as well as exciting work across other sections of the feature film program, alongside episodic work and short films.”

Award-winning movies will be available to view on January 28 and 29, both in-person and online.

In a statement, Sundance Institute CEO Joana Vicente said that they are “excited to bring the Sundance community together for the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, a celebration of independent filmmaking. After two years of being apart, our priority is reuniting in person while still sharing bold new films with audiences across the country through online access. We’ve designed this year’s Festival based on our learnings from previous years — embracing the traditions that have been meaningful in the past, while also looking toward accessibility for audiences and expanding the platform we provide our storytellers.”

On the other hand, Sundance’s director of programming Kim Yutani expressed that they “can’t wait for our 2023 Festival to give a bold start to the year, with the help of our inspiring storytellers, ingenious creators, and engaged audiences. For 39 years, the Sundance Film Festival has been a stalwart in the independent film community, and we’re thrilled to continue to be such an exciting annual gathering for artists and audiences.”

COVID-19 protocols will be enforced, with staff and attendees required to wear masks at all times and be up-to-date on their vaccinations. Press accreditation will be open on September 21, while the Press Inclusion Initiative opens on August 31 after 1 pm.

Source: Sundance Institute (Press release)

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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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