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Local and online box offices were temporarily knocked offline Saturday.
America's largest independent film festival became the target of a cyber attack over the weekend.
The Sundance Film Festival kicked off Friday in Park City, Utah, with movie premieres, midnight showings, and a network failure.
"Sundance Film Festival has been subject to a cyberattack, causing network outages that have shut down our box office," a spokesman told Variety, adding that "all screenings will still take place as planned."
The official Twitter account on Saturday promised that "our team is working hard to get our systems back up [as soon as possible]." Within an hour, the Salt Lake City and Gateway box offices were "back up and running," and online ticketing for future shows was quickly restored.
Update: The Salt Lake City Box Office is back up and running. #SLC #Sundance— SundanceFilmFestival (@sundancefest) January 21, 2017
Update: Online ticketing for future shows is back up. #Sundance— SundanceFilmFestival (@sundancefest) January 21, 2017
Update: The Festival Box Office at Gateway in #ParkCity is now up and running. #Sundance— SundanceFilmFestival (@sundancefest) January 21, 2017
"Our artist's [sic] voices will be heard and the show will go on," the organizers tweeted.
The hack, according to Variety, occurred around noon MT (2 p.m. ET)—shortly after comedian Chelsea Handler led a Women's March in Park City in protest of Donald Trump. It was also the same day as several big premieres, including films about war, terrorism, Chinese dissonance, doping in sports, and race and class in America.
It remains unclear whether the incidents were related, or how many Festival guests were affected by the box office interruptions. The Sundance Institute did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment.
This month's showcase includes the premiere of Dear Angelica, the first animated experience created entirely in virtual reality, according to Oculus, whose in-house Story Studio produced the movie—available for Rift owners to download from the Oculus app store.