Film festival tickets still available for screenings
January 26, 2016
A big misconception when it comes to the last days of the Sundance and Slamdance film festivals is that all of the tickets for the remaining screenings are sold out.
That’s not the case for Slamdance, said Adam Kaufmann, Slamdance ticket manager.
"Right now, we have tickets available for everything that is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday," Kaufmann told The Park Record. "We also have tickets we set aside for pass holders, who pick up their tickets the day before each screening, but those are allocated differently, so there are plenty of tickets for people who just want to come and buy tickets for individual films. In fact, people can come up and purchase tickets anytime."
Even when Slamdance declares a film sold out, it doesn’t mean getting tickets is impossible.
"We always have tickets that were reserved for press outlets who, for some reason or another, can’t make it to the screenings," Kaufmann said. "So, our press department will release those tickets to us."
The best way to get those late releases is to get into the standby line.
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"We tell people to start lining up in the stand-by line about 30 minutes before the film is supposed to start," Kaufmann said. "We usually are able to get everyone who is in standby into the screening."
While some Sundance screenings may be sold out, tickets are also available, especially when you know where to look, according to Linda Pfafflin, the festival’s associate director of ticketing and customer service.
One way is to check online by visiting he festival website, www2.sundance.org/availability/all , where festival goers can type in the title of the film they want to see to check if tickets are available.
Also, a limited number of day-of-show tickets are available each day of the festival starting at 8 a.m. at the main box offices, Pfafflin said.
Another option is the waitlist.
"For those who love to be spontaneous, we offer waitlist tickets through our eWaitlist app," Pfafflin said. "[They can] simply sign up for the app, request a waitlist queue number two hours before the screening, be in line at least 30 minutes prior to showtime and if seats are available waitlisters get in."
Slamdance will wind up its 2016 film festival at Treasure Mountain Inn, 255 Main St., on Thursday, Jan. 28. For more information, visit http://www.slamdance.com .
Sundance will run through Sunday, Jan. 31 in various venues in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and the Sundance Resort. For more information, visit http://www.sundance.org.