2021 Sundance Film Festival

2021 Sundance Film Festival’s online platform set to be virtual reality.

2021 Sundance Film Festival. This year’s festival, scheduled Thursday through Feb. 3, will take place mostly online due to the coronavirus pandemic. Films, talks, and other events will be available on the festival website.

Movies also will be shown on satellite screens across the nation in conjunction with health and safety guidelines. “Even under these impossible circumstances artists are still finding paths to make bold and vital work in whatever ways they can,” said Tabitha Jackson, the festival’s new director, in a news release. “So Sundance, as a festival of discovery, will bring that work to its first audiences in whatever ways we can.”

Documentaries & Films

More than 70 feature films will screen online in a schedule of three-hour time slots, with a 15-minute interactive waiting room experience before each premiere and a live Q&A afterward. A second screening two days after each premiere will be offered on demand for 24 hours. Indie series and short films will be available on-demand throughout the week. Several projects center on racial and gender equality, including “My Name is Pauli Murray,” a documentary from “RBG” directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen about a civil rights activist who influenced Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Thurgood Marshall.

Another documentary premiering this year, “Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street,” explores how a group of rebels created one of the most influential television programs in history. Stars among the lineup include Nicolas Cage in “Prisoners of the Ghostland,” the story of a criminal sent to rescue a woman in a supernatural universe, and Ed Helms in “Together Together,” about the relationship between a single man in his 40s and a young woman hired as his surrogate.

Festival Struggles

The festival struggled financially in its first two years. In 1980, hoping to attract more people by hosting the festival at a ski resort in winter. The committee changed the venue to nearby Park City and the date to the following January. The changes proved popular, but money problems persisted, and in 1985 the festival came under the auspices of Redford’s Sundance Institute.

Which he had started with the mission of nurturing and developing independent filmmakers. After several name changes, the festival became known as the Sundance Film Festival in 1991. By the early 1990s, the festival had developed a reputation for jump-starting the careers of American independent filmmakers, including the Coen brothers, Steven Soderbergh, and Quentin Tarantino.

World Cinema Jury Prize

The festival shows approximately 200 films during its 10-day run and offers prizes in several categories of competition. Among these honors are the Grand Jury Prize, which is awarded for documentaries and dramatic films. Originating in the United States, and the World Cinema Jury Prize, given for documentaries and dramatic films originating elsewhere. Audience Awards are also bestowed in the same four categories. In addition to screening films. The Sundance Film Festival hosts panel discussions, workshops, musical events, and parties for the approximately 50,000 attendees, who include both industry insiders and the filmgoing public.

Get your tickets now!

Tickets are being sold now. So, now is the time to go out and get them. Sundance Single film tickets cost only $15. Found the film you have been searching for? Reserve your front-row seat for the premiere and live Q&A with the director, cast, and crew, or make your own schedule and catch a screening within its on-demand window. Tickets are only available in the U.S.

Explorer Pass

Discover innovative immersive experiences and experimental visions in a less-traditional format. You’ll be able to view our Indie Series, New Frontier, and Shorts programs all on demand. With this pass, international audiences will be able to enjoy the New Frontier Program and our Indie Series programs.

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