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The Tip: How-To Sundance Film Festival

Today started my second year of volunteering at the festival (which I LOVE – hands down the best part about living in Utah. No, second best. The first is working for Angie). A co-worker asked me how to do that.  Not a dumb question. To be honest, I had no idea how to Sundance until I volunteered.

The Sundance Institute throws this killer event each January, and the Film Festival puts up an awesome guide of all the movies onlineThings to note about choosing movies:

  • There are no ratings. Also, many movies push boundaries.
  • That being said – they are really awesome.
  • When a movie says “sexual”, it means it’s PRETTY SEXUAL. And “extremely violent” isn’t your normal violence, it’s usually beyond any other gore you’ve ever seen. There are key words that can mean certain things (like “coming of age” usually implies a sex scene, and graphic really does mean graphic) – I would go with my gut if screening for a younger audience.
  • Documentary does not equal crappy movie they show you in school. Last year I only saw documentaries and enjoyed all of them.

There is an awesome schedule up online as well. You can search it by city (Park City, Sundance Resort, Salt Lake City, or Ogden).

{City Side Note: If you want the vibe and excitement of the festival, Park City is the place to go. If you want a city experience like a movie theatre, Salt Lake has you covered. If you’d like a calmer ambiance with awesome scenery, hit up Sundance Resort. To be honest, I can’t account for Ogden since I’ve never ventured that far north for the festival.}

So, now that you know what you want to see, how do you get tickets? At this point, you have two options: individual tickets at a box office or waitlist.

Wait, what does this mean?! I will tell you.

Box Offices are located throughout the festival and tickets can be purchased in advance at these locations. Many shows are “sold out” of advance tickets, so finding a box office doesn’t necessarily guarantee you get in.  But, buying tickets at a box office does. 😉

The waitlist seems intimidating at first, but it’s not. To waitlist a movie, arrive 2 hours before the scheduled time (or 1 hour early for the first showing of the day). A kind volunteer can guide you to the waitlist line, where you will receive a waitlist number (each person can only get ONE number, so make sure everyone in your party is there).  You leave for an hour and a half to do whatever you want. 30 minutes prior to the show, you return to the theatre and line up according to number. Tickets are sold to the waitlist ($15, CASH ONLY) as theatre space allows. Often, volunteers can give you a rough guess of if it’s worth the wait (a number 50 usually means you’re out, but at some theatres, a 10 means you’re out as well).

Personal tips (not approved by anyone in the world, just random thoughts I would tell you if we were chatting over a hot dog):

  • Wear layers. Some theatres are cold while others are warm. PS it’s cold outside.
  • Bring a water bottle. And snacks.
  • Ask a volunteer. If you have questions, they are there to helpful. Even better, there’s a new volunteer position called a Festival Insider (people who know the ins and outs of the festival – ours is a volunteer of like, forever).  They have “Ask Me” buttons on and can share with you valuable information about almost anything.
  • Don’t cut it too close. You’ll turn into a stress case (like me).
  • Plan extra time for shuttles and walking and finding the shuttles. A shuttle ride generally takes about 30 minutes to go even the shortest distances. You can also walk but it’s FREEZING.
  • Carpool so you can save on parking.
  • Check out the map. And ride the free shuttles. The volunteers at each stop will help you get on the right bus.
  • Park City also has awesome art exhibits and such at New Frontier. Check them out. They’re pretty cool.
  • And a personal plug for the Sundance Resort: If you want to get in on the waitlist, chances are pretty good if you get to the Sundance Resort 2 hours early. That’s just enough time to eat at the Foundry Grill before seeing your movie.

Good luck! Let me know how it goes. Or if you have any other tips, please leave them in the comments!