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Coronavirus: Sundance Postpones London, Hong Kong Festivals

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The Sundance Institute has postponed the 2020 editions of its London and Hong Kong festivals as a result of ongoing coronavirus pandemic. New dates are but to be introduced.

In a press release issued Tuesday, organizers stated: “We’ve made the choice to reimagine the 58 reside applications we had deliberate by August 2020,” and that these occasions “will not be in-person gatherings.”

Sundance London, a choice of movies from January’s competition in addition to trade programming, was because of run Could 28-31, whereas Sundance Hong Kong had but to set dates. The competition final 12 months was held mid-September.

Different affected applications embrace the 2020 season of summer time labs that was because of happen on the Sundance Resort in Utah, the movie music program on the Skywalker Ranch in California, and several other workshops.

A lot of the applications can be tailored for the Institute’s digital platform Sundance Co//ab, a beforehand paid subscription service that’s now free to all. New sign-ups to Co//ab have doubled within the final two weeks, Sundance stated.

“As we put together for the 2021 Sundance Movie Pageant, we acknowledge the seismic shifts which might be already taking place in our area, and the truth that daring, recent considering is required,” the Institute stated.

“We’re in conversations with different movie festivals and nonprofits to share concepts, and to make sure that we’re eliminating duplicative, costly efforts and dealing as collectively and effectively as potential to assist the filmmakers whose competition premieres and releases didn’t occur this spring, and people whose movies are in suspended states of manufacturing.”

The Institute’s present collaboration with the Nationwide Endowment for the Arts to make sure sustainability within the arts area has been accelerated, and bi-weekly digital area conferences can be held to handle pressing wants raised by artists and peer arts organizations.

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