Past Sundance Film Festival attendees arrive at the Gateway box office to get their tickets. The festival’s Townie Tuesday and Best of Fest tickets
Past Sundance Film Festival attendees arrive at the Gateway box office to get their tickets. The festival's Townie Tuesday and Best of Fest tickets will be distributed to Utah residents and Summit County residents on Jan. 11. (Park Record file photo)
In the past five years, the Sundance Film Festival has brought more than $375 million dollars to Utah, according to Governor Gary R. Herbert.

The 10-day event will take over Park City beginning Jan. 16, and that means many of the local residents will have to maneuver road closures, an increase of busses and shuttles and, of course, an influx of celebrities, paparazzi and film lovers.

To show appreciation to the locals, the Sundance Film Festival offers Summit County and Utah residents free movie tickets for two special screenings — Best of Fest and Townie Tuesday, said Heidi Bruce, manager, ticketing operations.

After the festival ends, the Sundance Institute presents these free screenings of the Film Festival's award-winning films.

"Best of Fest tickets, which are only offered to locals, meaning Utah residents, will be released on Jan. 11," Bruce told The Park Record. "Another thing that we do up in Summit County is called Townie Tuesday. They are two free screenings, and those tickets are also distributed on Jan. 11. Both Best of Fest and Townie Tuesday tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis."

The Best of Fest tickets will be available at all four Sundance Film Festival main box offices — the Gateway in Park City, Trolley Square in Salt Lake City, The Sundance Resort at Sundance and at Peery's Egyptian Theater in Ogden, Bruce said.

"The box offices open at 10 a.m. and will be open until 6 p.m., but we encourage people to arrive early to be sure they can get some tickets," she said. "While all the tickets are free, those picking them up need to have proof of residency."

A valid Utah ID or driver's license is required for all Best of Fest tickets and valid ID that shows the person is a resident of Summit County is required for Townie Tuesday tickets.

Those picking up tickets must be at least 18 years old.

"Only Summit County residents can pick up Townie Tuesday tickets, which will only be distributed at the Park City Gateway box office," Bruce said. "And there is a two-ticket limit per person for the screenings."

The Best of Fest screenings will be Monday, Jan. 27, at the Eccles Theatre, 1750 Kearns Blvd., at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.; the Sundance Resort Screening Room at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.; the Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 South, at 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; and at Peery's Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd. in Ogden, at 6:30 p.m and 9:30 p.m.

The Best of Fest film titles will be announced on Sunday, Jan. 26, after the Sundance Film Festival announces its competition winners, Bruce said.

Townie Tuesday screenings will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Redstone Cinemas, 6030 N. Market St. at Kimball Junction, at 7 p.m. and at the Library Center Theatre, 1255 Park Ave., at 8:30 p.m.

In addition to the Best of Fest and Townie Tuesday ticket pickup, the Sundance Film Festival will distribute tickets from the box offices on Jan. 11 to local residents who ordered other individual tickets online, Bruce said.

"The individual tickets were taken from our batch of tickets after we made sure the locals ticket packages and passes were put together," she said. "And the local pick up for packages and passes ordered online by locals will be on Jan. 14 at the main box offices. We do that so they can beat the rush before the public comes to town and the locals won't have to deal with the long lines."

Sundance Film Festival will also release day-of-show tickets for $20 each at the Salt Lake City and Park City box offices at 8 a.m.

"These are tickets that aren't bought or used and we drop them to the public, and there is a four-ticket limit per person, per screening," Bruce said. "We post the titles of the screenings and how many tickets will be available on the doors of the box offices the night before."

For more information, visit www.sundance.org/festival .