Another Victim of Omicron? Slamdance Film Festival

Another victim of the Omicron strain has been identified. Slamdance!

Slamdance, the film festival that takes pride in showcasing the work of great independent filmmakers from across the world, has pushed back its start date for 2022 by a week and canceled in-person plans for its annual indie-focused festival.

The Slamdance Film Festival is an annual film festival that focuses on new artists. The year-round Slamdance organization organized the annual week-long festival in Park City, Utah, in late January. After being turned down by the Sundance Film Festival, Dan Mirvish, Jon Fitzgerald, Shane Kuhn, Peter Baxter, and Paul Rachman founded the festival in 1995.

With more than 164,000 average daily instances, Omicron has surpassed Delta as the most frequent Covid variant in the United States. Public health officials, hospitals, and healthcare professionals are ready for a difficult winter as the highly transmissible strain rips across communities, despite early evidence from the United Kingdom and South Africa indicating that symptoms are not as severe as with prior versions.

The competition had already been planned in hybrid style, with public events scheduled for Park City, but they have already been canceled. The Festival organization made this choice based on rising worry about the coronavirus variant Omicron. It determined that it was best for the safety of the filmmakers, employees, and audience to keep the online aspect of the festival running solely.

Slamdance was initially scheduled to take place in Park City from January 20 to 23 as a hybrid event. The festival has been shifted from January 27 to February 6. Organizers announced on “Thursday” that movies, activities, and live Q&As would be delivered via virtual presentations. The films picked for the 2022 lineup were chosen from thousands of applications from Iran, Germany, China, Poland, Canada, and many more.

Slamdance, which began in 1995, aims to provide a platform for feature-length directorial debuts from directors whose films do not have US distribution and have budgets of less than $1 million.

When asked about the abrupt shift, Slamdance President and Co-Founder Peter Baxter expressed his regret but chose to look on the positive side of the festival’s ability to be held online:

“Although we are disappointed that we won’t be able to participate in the communal, in-person experience, we know we can create a unique festival experience for all of our filmmakers through Slamdance’s online platform. We are looking forward to utilizing the expertise we’ve already gained in attracting a global audience, building upon our accessibility goals and pushing the boundaries of what a decentralized festival can be.”

Omicron

The start date has been pushed back by a week, according to organizers, to allow for the shift from physical events to online-only activities.

Sundance, the other film festival in Park City, has strengthened its limits for in-person activities during its 2022 edition, which will take place from January 20 to 30. Sundance said today that evidence of booster injections would be required to attend screenings and festivities, and theatres would show films to reduced-capacity, masked audiences with no refreshments served. Attendees also had to take the coronavirus and omicron test as well.
Omicron

Other industry gatherings, such as the Academy’s Governors Awards and the Critics Choice Awards, have been forced to postpone or cancel their celebrations as omicron spreads. With more than 164,000 average daily instances, Omicron has surpassed Delta as the most frequent Covid variant in the United States.

Public health officials, hospitals, and healthcare professionals are ready for a difficult winter as the highly virulent strain rips across communities, despite early evidence from the United Kingdom and South Africa indicating that symptoms are not as severe as prior versions.

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