2023 Sundance Film Festival Online, In-Person Festival Revealed – The Hollywood Reporter

The Sundance Institute details plans for the planned hybrid format of the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.

The in-person festival will return to Utah, January 19-29, while films will begin screening online starting January 24. Online on-demand offerings will include all titles from the 2023 competition. These include films scheduled in the US Dramatic, US Documentary, World Cinema Dramatic, World Cinema Documentary and NEXT sections – as well as works in other sections feature film programs, as well as episodes and short films. The 2023 award-winning films will be screened in person and online on January 28 and 29.

The 2023 hybrid format comes after an all-virtual festival in 2021 and 2022, the latter occurring after an 11-hour shift due to increased COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant.

Sundance also outlined COVID-19 safety precautions for the 2023 festival. All festival staff and volunteers will be required to wear masks and test themselves weekly. There is no mask or vaccine mandate for attendees, with the festival instead requesting mask-wearing and encouraging attendees to test before and during the festival and be up to date on vaccinations. (Before moving to an all-digital format, the 2022 festival announced a booster shot requirement for in-person attendees.)

“We continue to work with our COVID-19 Safety Team and are following all CDC guidelines,” the announcement read.

“After two years apart, our priority is to reunite in person, while 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 traditions that have been meaningful in the past, while striving for accessibility for audiences and broadening the platform we offer to our storytellers,” said Sundance Institute CEO Joana Vicente, who succeeded longtime CEO Keri Putnam. The 2023 festival will mark Vicente’s first with Sundance, after stepping down as head of the Toronto International Film Festival.

“We look forward to our 2023 Festival giving a bold start to the year, with the help of our inspiring storytellers, resourceful creators and engaged audiences,” added Kim Yutani, festival programming director. “For 39 years, the Sundance Film Festival has been a mainstay of the independent film community, and we’re thrilled to continue to be such an exciting annual gathering for artists and audiences alike.”