How to virtually attend the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

PARK CITY, UTAH - JANUARY 22: General Atmosphere of the Sundance Film Festival at the Sundance Institute on January 22, 2020 in Sundance Resort, Utah. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UTAH - JANUARY 22: General Atmosphere of the Sundance Film Festival at the Sundance Institute on January 22, 2020 in Sundance Resort, Utah. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images) /

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, things are going to look a little different for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Why am I giving thanks to COVID-19 for altering the festival?

Because the good news is, the popular film fest is still happening. The even better news is you don’t have to travel to Utah to partake in it!

Which I know is also bad news for many because Utah is a great place to visit anytime, and in January during the film fest it’s a winter paradise. Then there’s the energetic buzz of having filmmakers, actors, writers, directors and cinephiles gathered all in one place.

However, the Sundance Institute created a way for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival to take place digitally from January 28-February 3, 2021 via a feature-rich, Sundance-built online platform. Additionally, there are in-person screenings via Satellite Screens across the country (public health regulations permitting).

Let’s take a look at everything they’re offering and how to participate.

The 2021 Sundance Film Festival platform

There will be the traditional Sundance Film Fest fare of feature films, documentaries, short films and more from the U.S. and worldwide.

The online Festival Village also offers ways to connect with other fest-goers. For instance, you’ll find free experiences and events from sponsors on Main Street, and there are talks, events, Q&As and more in the Artist Lounge.

Everything can be accessed from the Sundance Film Festival’s official website.

The 2021 Sundance Film Festival satellite screens

Here are the cities and their theaters that will also screen this year’s Sundance Film Festival movies. (Listed alphabetically by state.)


Birmingham with Sidewalk Film Festival at the Sidewalk Film Center, Sidewalk Drive-In


Tucson with The Loft Cinema at The Loft Open Air Cinema


Montclair with American Cinematheque at Mission Tiki Drive-In

Pasadena with the Rose Bowl Stadium at Rose Bowl Drive-In

San Francisco with The Roxie Theater at The Roxie Theater and Fort Mason Drive-In


Denver with Denver Film at the Sie FilmCenter


Key West with Tropic Cinema at the Tropic Cinema, The Key West Lighthouse, The Truman Little White House and The Ernest Hemingway House and Museum

Miami with Third Horizon and O Cinema at New World Symphony SoundScape Park and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center


Atlanta with Atlanta Film Society at The Plaza Theater, Plaza Drive-In, Dad’s Garage Drive-In

Macon with Macon Film Festival at Douglass Theatre


Honolulu with Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA)


Iowa City with FilmScene at FilmScene at The Chauncey


Wichita with at microcinema, Wichita Art Museum and Groover Labs


Louisville with The Speed Art Museum at Speed Art Museum


New Orleans with New Orleans Film Society at The Broad Theater


Baltimore with Maryland Film Festival at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theater


Brookline with Coolidge Corner Theatre at Coolidge Corner Theatre


Detroit with Cinema Detroit


Minneapolis-St. Paul with FilmNorth at Riverview Theater

New York

Pleasantville with Jacob Burns Film Center at Jacob Burns Film Center & Media Arts Lab


Columbus with Gateway Film Center at Gateway Film Center


Tulsa with Circle Cinema at Circle Cinema, Circle Cinema Drive-In, Admiral Twin Drive-In, Philbrook Museum, OSU-Tulsa, Tulsa University and Gilcrease Museum


Philadelphia with BlackStar Film Festival

Puerto Rico

San Juan with Asociación de Documentalistas de Puerto Rico (AdocPR) at Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR)

South Carolina

Columbia with The Luminal Theater at Spotlight Cinemas Capitol 8


Memphis with Indie Memphis at Malco Summer Drive-In

Nashville with Belcourt Theatre at Belcourt Theatre


Austin with Austin Film Society at AFS Cinema

Dallas with Aviation Cinemas at Texas Theatre

Houston with Houston Cinema Arts Society at MoonStruck Drive-In and DeLUXE Theater


Park City at The Ray

Salt Lake City with Salt Lake Film Society


Seattle with Northwest Film Forum

The 2021 Sundance Film Festival movies and screening times

To see which movies are airing when, click the “Select a Screening” link next to the Single Film Ticket option on the Tickets page. A screen will pop up that shows all of the movies and their times from January 28 through February 3. Select which showing that you want and add it to your cart.

To see a full list of all the movies and their descriptions, check out the full program announcement on the Sundance Institute’s blog.

The 2021 Sundance Film Festival tickets and passes

Single film tickets are available for $15 each.

An Explorer Pass allows you to “discover innovative immersive experiences and experimental visions in a less-traditional format.” This means you can access the Indie Series, New Frontier, and Shorts programs all on demand, all the time. The pass is $25.

Have you ever been to the Sundance Film Fest? If not, 2021 may be a great way to experience it!