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Free film festival tickets up for grabs on Saturday

Matt Ross' "Captain Fantastic," a 2016 Sundance Film Festival premiere, is one of the Townie Tuesday films that will be screened for local residents on Feb. 1. (Cathy Kanavy/Bleeker Street)

When the Sundance Film Festival starts next week, local residents will have to change their routines for 10 days.

They will deal with street closures, congested traffic, parking issues and a throng of visitors, film-industry insiders, celebrities and musicians.

To make up for the inconvenience, the Sundance Film Festival offers free Best of Fest and Townie Tuesday tickets to Summit County and Utah residents, respectively, according to Kara Cody, Sundance’s senior manager of Utah community and student programs.

"We appreciate our local audiences and enjoy offering free screenings exclusively for our family and friends in Utah," Cody said during an email interview.

The Sundance Film Festival will distribute free Best of Fest and Townie Tuesday tickets on a first-come-first-served basis this Saturday, Jan. 16. Anyone picking up tickets must present a valid Utah ID as proof of residency.

"In order to accommodate as many locals as possible we ask that that audiences limit two tickets per screening to two Best of Fest screenings and two tickets total to one of the Townie Tuesday screenings," Cody said.

Best of Fest tickets will be issued at the festival’s main box offices in Park City and Salt Lake City from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Best of Fest screenings, which will be shown on Feb. 1, are comprised of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival award winners and the titles will be announced on after the feature film awards ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 9 p.m.

Townie Tuesday tickets will be available Saturday for Summit County residents only at the Sundance Film Festival’s main Park City box office from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The screenings will be held Jan. 26, The only Townie Tuesday title announced so far is "Captain Fantastic," one of the festival’s premieres, which will screen at the Redstone Theater at 7 p.m.

"The Festival will [also] screen one surprise title for the 9 p.m. Townie Tuesday screening at the Library Theater and the title will announced once the film begins to roll," Cody said. "While I cannot share you more than that, I can tell you that the director and some talent will be on site for an introduction and post film Q&A and the film was selected based on its potential appeal to the local community."

Cody said the Sundance Film Festival is thankful for the supporters of the Best of Fest and Townie Tuesday give away.

"[We are] proud to acknowledge and thank Zions Bank, the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) Program, Summit County Recreation, Arts and Parks (RAP) Program, Utah Division of Arts Museums and the National Endowment for the Arts for their support of Best of Fest, a Sundance Institute Community Outreach Program," she said.

The Townie Tuesday and Best of Fest screenings schedule is as follows:

Townie Tuesday

  • Redstone Cinema — 7 p.m.
  • Library Center Theatre — 9 p.m.

    Best of Fest

  • Eccles Theatre — 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Sundance Resort Screening Room — 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Rose Wagner Center, Salt Lake City — 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
  • Peery’s Egyptian Theatre, Ogden, 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

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