Sundance Film Festival Announces ’22 Feature Films’
PARK CITY, Utah — The Sundance Institute announced lineups for the Feature Film, Independent Episode and New Frontier categories for the 2022 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday.
The festival will take place from January 20 to 30 in Park City, Salt Lake City and Sundance Mountain Resort. It will be the first hybrid festival, via the online platform on festival.sundance.org.
The full list of works announced Thursday includes 82 feature films representing 28 countries. 42% of feature film directors are new to feature films.
91% of the feature films will be world premieres, they were selected from 3,762 applications.
“This year, we look forward to celebrating this generation’s most innovative storytellers as they share their work in a wide range of genres and forms,” said Sundance Institute Founder and President Robert Redford. “These artists have provided light through the darkest of times, and we look forward to welcoming their unique visions into the world and experiencing them together.”
Ticket packages go on sale December 17 at 10 a.m. MST. Single-film tickets go on sale January 6 at 10 a.m. MST.
The feature films will premiere in Utah before going live with a live Q&A and premiere party on The Spaceship – an immersive platform accessible via laptop or VR headset .
Subsequent screenings will take place in person and in on-demand windows on the platform. The New Frontier program will be accessible online worldwide through The Spaceship platform from January 20-28, with augmentation in person and live performances at The Craft, a new artist-centric venue in Park City.
Indie shorts and episodic works will stream in person in Utah and will be available on the platform.
“I am so impressed and proud of the work that the curatorial and production teams have done to plan this festival,” said Joana Vicente, CEO of the Institute. “I think audiences will be extremely excited to come together and engage with the incredible stories these artists tell.”
Sundance will require vaccinations and face masks at the festival (health security protocols).
The festival will open on January 20 with an experience as audiences come together online and in person for a special New Frontier presentation of Sam Green’s 32 Sounds, which will run simultaneously at the Egyptian Theater in Park City and the spaceship cinema.
The films of the first day will then open the festival in Park City: 11 feature films and a program of short films.
Day one features are Emergency, Fire of Love, Fresh, La Guerra Civil, A Love Song, Marte Um (Mars One), The Princess, Tantura, When You Finish Saving the World, and The Worst Person in the World.
Lucy and Desi is the opening night gala film of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival in Salt Lake City, which will premiere at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center on January 21.
Eight feature films have been selected for the Festival’s satellite screens and will screen in these seven independent arthouse theaters across the United States for local audiences during the festival’s closing weekend, Friday 28 January to Sunday January 30.
The movies are Alice; Emergency; Daily in Kaimukī; Free Chol Soo Lee; Honk for Jesus, save your soul; The Civil War; Marte Um (Mars One); and Sirens, with additional shorts to be announced.
This program will be played at the Amherst Cinema in Amherst, Massachusetts; a cinema/perture in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Digital Gym Cinema in San Diego, California; Indie Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee; mama.film in Lawrence, Kansas; Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, Washington; and SNF Parkway Theatre, home of the Maryland Film Festival in Baltimore, Maryland.