Cancellation of Sundance Film Festival sparks wave of complaints

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The cancellation of traditional face-to-face activities Sundance Film Festival, announced on the 6th, still generates complaints. As TMZ reported on Thursday, the suspension announcement led to a rush for hotel and travel refunds, generating frustration.

The event was announced last year, scheduled to take place between January 20 and 30, 2022, in a hybrid model, combining in-person exhibitions and festivities with online activities. However, in the last week, the organization announced the cancellation of all physical events, with their rescheduling to the virtual format. The decision was made as a result of the advance of the pandemic of Covid-19 in the USA, with the spread of the variant Omicron.

The announcement, however, took by surprise those who were already planning to go to Park City, em Utah, where the festival traditionally takes place. According to TMZ, celebrities and industry entrepreneurs have found it difficult to receive refunds, or even make rebookings, for tickets and accommodation.

Room rentals, which once cost more than $3,000 a night, are not being returned.
Even tickets for in-person movie screenings were not refunded. The Sundance Institute, responsible for the festival, responded to requests with the suggestion of using them for virtual sessions – or even donating the amount to the entity.

The worldwide increase in cases caused by Ômicron has led to a succession of cancellations and postponements. In addition to Sundance, awards such as the Grammys and Critics Choice Awards had already suspended their in-person activities.

In Brazil, several festivals and musical performances were also rescheduled, as already reported by CNN Brasil. The legislation for ticket refunds in the country, edited in 2021, was extended in July until December 2022.

Reference: CNN Brasil

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