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Why Sundance 2022 Is Showing Us the First Real Effects of the Pandemic on Indie Filmmakers

It’s weird to say, but it hasn’t even been three years since COVID—but it has been three Sundance Film Festivals.

In 2020, the Sundance Film Festival happened in person; no one had really heard of the accursed new coronavirus. However, unbeknownst to us all, it was later understood that COVID-19 was in fact on the ground and transmitting across Park City.

By 2021, the virus was everywhere, and Sundance went virtual. As per normal indies and longer for docs, most films premiering at the fest had been in post-production for a year or longer. With some exceptions, the vast majority of Sundance 2021 films had wrapped production pre-COVID.

Enter 2022. We’re seeing that this year, films at Sundance represent the first indies to figure out production under COVID-19. In fact, many films had to abruptly stop shooting and then pivot on how to finish.

These independent filmmakers are the few who were able to find a way to finish.

So there’s a lot to learn.

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Author: Oakley Anderson-Moore
This article comes from No Film School and can be read on the original site.

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