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Early birds get the Sundance tickets

Alisha Self, Of the Record staff

It doesn’t seem all that long ago that the town was inundated by hordes of film fanatics, industry insiders and professional partiers, but the 2010 Sundance Film Festival is less than four months away.

The festival will return to Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and the Sundance Resort from January 21 to 31, 2010, bringing more than 200 dramatic, documentary and short films to the screen.

Registration for festival passes and ticket packages began Tuesday and continues through Oct. 2 for Utah residents. Registration is not on a first-come, first-served basis; times are randomly assigned to those who sign up before the deadline.

"You’re registering to get a time slot to buy your tickets," explains Brooks Addicott, associate director of media relations for the Sundance Institute. "Last year, we were so happy that we were able to accommodate everyone who wanted a slot and we’re aiming for that again this year."

Festival passes

Viewers with festival passes may show up for any screening without selecting tickets beforehand. "If you have a festival pass, you can basically walk into any theatre and the only thing is you have to be seated 15 minutes before the show time," says Addicott.

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Available festival passes include the Express Pass A ($3,000; all panels and screenings during Jan. 22-26), Express Pass B ($2,500; all panels and screenings during Jan. 27-31), Adrenaline Pass ($400; all screenings before 11 a.m. or after 11 p.m.), Awards Weekend Pass ($350; final weekend screenings of films that win jury or audience awards), and the Locals Quick Pass ($250), which includes admission to any Festival screening in Salt Lake City or Ogden and admission to the Salt Lake City Gala on Jan. 22.

A new festival pass option this year is the Film School Pass ($300) for full-time undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at a college or university.

Ticket packages

Those who purchase ticket packages must preselect which films they want to see after films are announced in late November. Selection times will be assigned for the first week of January. Patrons may select one to four tickets per screening within the restrictions of the package they select.

Available ticket packages include Ticket Package A ($750; 20 tickets for screenings between Jan. 22-26), Ticket Package B ($650; 20 tickets for screenings between Jan 27-31), the SLC/Ogden Preferred Package ($550; 20 tickets to screenings in Salt Lake City and Ogden only), Discovery Package ($325; 10 tickets for screenings Jan. 22-31 with the exception of premieres), Film Lovers Package ($225; 12 tickets to screenings in all locations Jan. 22-31), and Locals-only Student Preferred Package ($300; 20 tickets to screenings in Salt Lake City and Ogden only for full-time students currently enrolled in Utah colleges or universities).

Important information

A new option for locals this year is being able to purchase a combination of up to four festival passes, ticket packages, and festival credentials. In previous years, patrons were limited in the number of passes they could purchase.

Those who don’t necessarily want to attend screenings but want an all-access pass to Sundance venues can purchase a festival credential for $200, which allows admission to the Sundance House at The Kimball Art Center, Filmmaker Lodge, New Frontier on Main, daytime admission to the Sundance ASCAP Music Café, and the Salt Lake City Café at the Beehive Tea Room. All ticket packages include two festival credentials.

Locals’ registration is open to Utah residents 18 years and older only with proof of residency (either a valid Utah ID or a Utah utility bill accompanied by a legal photo ID). To find out more about options for locals and to get started, visit http://www.sundance.org/locals .

Since the registration process can get a bit confusing due to the variety of options, the Sundance Institute provides live help from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on their ticketing hotline, (435) 776-7878. Questions can also be emailed to customerservice@sundance.org .

Other ways to get involved

If you’re on a tight budget this year but still want to experience as much of the Festival as you can, volunteering might be the way to go. "It’s a great way to see films, to network and to see the inside of the Festival," says Addicott.

Departments that utilize volunteers include theatre operations, ticketing, non-theatre venues, merchandise, production, transportation, accounting and corporate relations. All volunteers receive uniforms, tickets to the staff and volunteer opening night party, access to Festival panels and official venues on a space-available basis, and ticket vouchers based on numbers of hours volunteered.

Volunteers must be 21 years of age and submit an application online to be considered for one of approximately 1,500 positions available. The deadline to apply is Nov. 15. To fill out an application, go to http://www.sundance.org/festival , click on "Festival Info," then find "Volunteer Info" on the right side of the page.

Those who have the financial means to support the nonprofit mission of the Sundance Institute are invited to join the Patron Circle. Members of this group are privy to special Patron Circle screenings, events with filmmakers and Institute staff as well as access to the Patron Circle Office for ticketing needs. For more information, visit http://www.sundance.org or contact Jamie Lattman at (310) 492-2327 or jamie_lattman@sundance.org.

SAVE THE DATES

Oct. 2

Deadline for Utah residents to register for festival passes and ticket packages

Oct. 7

Times slots announced via email for locals who registered

Nov. 15

Deadline for volunteer applications

Nov. 17 through Dec. 4

Locals’ advance registration for individual tickets

First week in December

Films announced

January 9

The Park City Box Office (located in the Gateway Center at 136 Heber Avenue) opens

January 9-10

Locals-only advance ticket sales at the Box Office

January 18

Open ticket sales online and at box offices

January 16-17

Best of Fest ticket distribution to locals

January 21-31

Sundance Film Festival