Locals can register for Sundance-ticket time slots next week
Locals who want to purchase tickets to the 2013 Sundance Film Festival will get a leg up this year, said Heidi Bruce, manager of the festival’s ticketing operations.
After studying the results of a post-festival survey last year, her crew has streamlined the locals-only ticket registration and pick-up system that will take place during the next couple of months.
First, locals, meaning anyone who lives in Utah who has a valid Utah driver license or state ID card, may register online between 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, for a ticket-purchase time slot.
"This will be the first time we’re doing the purchasing totally online, and none of our box offices will be staffed during that time," Bruce told The Park Record. "The survey indicated that people wanted more online registration, which would cut down all the waiting in line."
The time slots are chosen randomly through a computer, Bruce said.
"Since it’s done that way, there is no way we can determine any kind of order the time slots will be determined," she explained. "It’s designed to make the selection process fair."
At the end of November, Sundance will announce the official films that will be screened, and in early December, the film guide will be posted online, Bruce said.
"On Dec. 20, everyone who registered will receive an email with their purchase time slots that will be scheduled for Saturday, January 5, and Sunday, January 6," she said. "Since the film guides will be available to the public a few weeks before the purchase dates, they will be able to see what the films will be."
Also, locals can log on any time from their designated time slots until the close of sales on Jan. 6.
"Although it will be an online purchasing process, we’ll have our ticket staff available to answer any questions by phone or email that weekend," Bruce said. "We’re not going to abandon them in the Internet abyss, and we will be able to walk them through the process."
Once locals make their purchases, they will be able to pick up their tickets at the box offices in Park City, Salt Lake City, the Sundance Resort and Ogden, on Saturday, Jan. 12, and Sunday, Jan. 13.
The box offices open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m., Bruce said.
In addition to the public film festival tickets, residents can pick up Best of Fest and Townie Tuesday tickets those days as well, Bruce said.
The Best of Fest tickets, which are free to all Utah residents, are for films that won awards at the festival. Townie Tuesday tickets, which will be for the festival’s notable films, are available free to Summit County residents. Local residents don’t need to register for those tickets. Those will be first-come first served at the box office, Bruce said.
"We will have both registrations for national and local tickets sales running at the same time, so locals have the benefit of registering for local and national ticket options for the Sundance Film Festival ticket time slots," Bruce said.
To make things simpler, the Best of Fest and Townie Tuesday tickets will be available for pickup beginning Jan. 12.
"The new thing this year is that, in addition to those purchased tickets, locals who can pick up Townie Tuesday and Best of Fest tickets those same days," Bruce said. "We combined Townie Tuesday and Best of Fest pickups and we will have two lines, one for the Best of Fest/Townie Tuesday tickets and the other for the locals regular festival tickets. That way, no one has to come back twice. They can pick everything up in one day."
As a locals tip, Bruce said the best thing to do is to pick up the Townie Tuesday and Best of Fest tickets first, and then pick up the local festival tickets after.
"Even if local residents haven’t attended any film during the festival, the Townie and Best of Fest tickets are a good way for people to see some of the best films of the festival," Bruce said.
Utah residents may register in advance for Sundance Film Festival ticket-sale timeslots from 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, through 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17. Timeslot notices will be emailed on Thursday, Dec. 20, with dates and times of online purchases that will take place between Saturday, Jan. 5, and Sunday, Jan. 6. For more information, visit http://www.sundance.org/locals .
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