The organizers of the Sundance Film Festival announced Wednesday that this year’s in-person plans have been canceled as the omicron variant of the coronavirus spreads across the U.S.
"We have been looking forward to our first fully hybrid Sundance Film Festival and our teams have spent a year planning a festival like no other," the Sundance Institute said in a statement.
"But despite the most ambitious protocols, the Omicron variant with its unexpectedly high transmissibility rates is pushing the limits of health safety, travel and other infrastructures across the country. And so, today we’re announcing: the Festival’s in-person Utah elements will be moving online this year."
The event was scheduled to take place Jan. 20-30, in Park City, Utah. The festival will still begin on the 20th as planned, organizers said, adding that the 11 days of online programming will also proceed, "with screening schedule adjustments to account for an online only schedule."
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