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Why Sundance Finally Canceled Its Physical Edition, and What Happens Next

The Park City event is once again off the table. Now what?

This Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 file photo shows a view of the Egyptian Theatre on Main Street on the second day of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. If you want to go big, go for a gift of a trip to the Sundance Film Festival in January. Held in picturesque Park City, Utah, the 10-day event is open to the public, with celebrity sightings, screenings, and filmmaker meet-and-greets in a festive, snowy atmosphere.  (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

The first week of 2022 started with a rude awakening for the film community: On Tuesday, the Sundance Film Festival still planned to move ahead with its in-person event in Park City; by the next day, the physical event was canceled due to the latest coronavirus surge. As with 2021, the festival will take place as a virtual event with its entire program online.

In the latest episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discuss the rationale for the festival’s decision and how it might impact the weeks ahead. Then, they look back on the fabled 1992 edition, which Thompson attended, and why its legacy persists to this day.

Of course, it’s still awards season, so they also anticipate the upcoming SAG nominations and the untelevised Golden Globes ceremony.

Watch the full episode above or listen to it below. 

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. You can subscribe here or via RSS. Share your feedback with Thompson and Kohn on Twitter. Browse previous installments here, review the show on Apple Podcasts, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. Check out the rest of IndieWire’s podcasts on Apple Podcasts right here.

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