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The Sundance Film Festival goes largely virtual for 2021

The Sundance Film Festival goes largely virtual for 2021
Posted at 3:16 PM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 17:16:29-05

The 2021 Sundance Film Festival is coming down from the mountain and straight to your living room.

Organizers on Wednesday said that this year they will premiere over 70 films on a custom online platform during the seven day event.

There will also be some socially distanced screening opportunities around the country, including "drive-ins, independent arthouses, and a network of local community partnerships," according to a release from the nonprofit Sundance Institute.

The festival has been preparing for various scenarios for months as the pandemic has raged on.

“Even under these impossible circumstances artists are still finding paths to make bold and vital work in whatever ways they can,” said Tabitha Jackson Festival Director.

“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.

The festival in 2021 runs from January 28 through February 3, and tickets will be available for purchase for the general public beginning Jan. 7.