After an intentionally all-virtual Sundance Film Festival in 2021 and a last-minute pivot back to purely virtual for 2022, some of us have our snow-boots and giant parkas packed, while others have our wi-fi and home entertainment systems ready, because Sundance is back this year in-person and online from January 19–29.
Unlike many festivals that have shifted exclusively back to in-person events, Sundance is maintaining their commitment to increased accessibility by putting a sizable portion of the festival slate online during the second half of the event. So while some folks will get to bathe in the Park City snow flurries, it is incredibly encouraging that film fans Stateside—and accredited media representatives globally—can also still join in from afar.
The approach is aiming for the best of many worlds: capturing the indescribable energy that comes from being among the first to see some of the buzziest titles of the year, while seeking that sensation from the reactions of those attending from the safety of their homes. In any case, both groups will be sharing the hype worldwide via Letterboxd.
We’ll be there in both capacities, watching along at home and catching the shuttle between screenings. We’ve studied the lineup and tapped our sources to collate a preview of fifteen new films and fresh voices we are most eager to hear from. And we’ll be watching Letterboxd reviews closely for the buzz that brews along the way.