We are officially two weeks away from the Sundance Film Festival. Individual tickets to screenings range from $20-$25, or you can get a Utah Student Ticket package for $150. Lucky for you, there are alternate ways to enjoy the Sundance Film Festival without burning a hole in your wallet. Here’s some ways to enjoy Sundance Film Festival and see some films without spending money.
Sundance Film Festival
The Sundance Film Festival offers free screenings for locals the day after the Festival, Monday January 29th to their event, The Best of Fest. Screenings are free and tickets are available on a first come first serve basis.
About the Best of Fest Free Tickets:
- Must have Utah driver’s license or identification card.
- Value: $20-$80 (Depending on how many tickets you get)
- Park City/Sundance Restrictions: Two tickets per person, per screening. Four tickets maximum.
- Salt Lake City Restrictions: Two tickets maximum.
- Ticket Distribution takes place on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at all Main Box Offices locations from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Salt Lake City, Park City, and Sundance.
Film titles will be posted online on Sunday, January 28, 2018. The screenings for Best of Fest will take place Monday, January 29th, 2018. Below includes an average eWaitlist Admittance, which will give you an idea if you decide to try your chances with the eWaitlist.
Eccles Theatre, Park City • 6:00 p.m. • 9:00 p.m.
1750 Kearns Blvd. Park City, UT
Capacity: 1270 Average eWaitlist Admittance: 71
Sundance Resort Screening Room • 6:00 p.m. • 9:00 p.m.
North Fork Provo Canyon, UT
Capacity: 164 Average eWaitlist Admittance: 13
Rose Wagner Center, Salt Lake City • 3:30 p.m. • 6:30 p.m. • 9:30 p.m.
138 W. Broadway (300 South) Salt Lake City, UT
Capacity: 495 Average eWaitlist Admittance: 28
If you live in Summit County, Sundance also offers Townie Tuesday for free screenings. You can read more about this here.
Looking to Run into Celebrities at Sundance?
With over 40,000 out of state attendees flocking to Park City for Sundance, you’re bound to rub shoulders with someone famous if you’re in the right place at the right time! Here’s some pointers.
- Main Street: It’s common to see celebrities on Main Street in Park City. Whether they’re heading between parties, bars, art galleries, panels, or premieres, keep your eyes peeled—and wear black, they always wear black. Festival goers are referred to as PIBs (People in black).
- Outside Premieres: This is a hot spot for celebrity watching! They have to go in and out from somewhere—and you know where to catch them! Celebrities sometimes stop for selfies or autographs for the eagers fans who await them.
- Businesses: A few common businesses known to catch glimpses of celebrities without breaking your wallet to get inside are, Fresh Market, Atticus Coffee, Books & Teahouse, and High West.
There you have it. Shoot for the Best of Fest free screenings, celebrity watching, and if all else fails, checkout the Sundance Institute’s Summer Film Series at the Red Butte Garden this upcoming Summer.