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Kibwe Tavares at the 2016 Directors Lab. © 2016 Sundance Institute.
Kibwe Tavares at the 2016 Directors Lab. © 2016 Sundance Institute.
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The Sundance Film Festival is back for its first in-person festival since 2020, but organisers haven't let go of its digital offerings. Gabi Zietsman chats to John Nein, Senior Programmer and Director of Strategic Initiatives at Sundance.

It feels like most of the world has left the cocoon of the Covid-19 pandemic, and a lot has changed. Many industries have transformed and evolved - for better or worse - but not as much as the entertainment industry.

Cinema has just got back on its feet as big budgets and sleeper hits have tempted audiences away from their TV screens back to the big one. But where does that leave the art films and independent projects? Into the churn of streaming content, or finding their niche at struggling independent cinemas?

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