Locals’ guide to Sundance | ParkRecord.com

Locals’ guide to Sundance

Alisha Self, Of the Record staff

The 2010 Sundance Film Festival doesn’t officially begin until Thursday, Jan. 21, but for locals, there are some key dates to be aware of prior to the festival.

The Park City Box Office, located in the Gateway Center on the corner of Heber Avenue and Swede Alley, officially opens this Saturday, Jan 9. The 2010 Film Guide is now available at the box office as well as the merchandise store located in the Gateway Center. The Film Guide is free for one copy and $5 for additional copies.

How to get tickets:

Those who registered for locals’ advanced tickets online will be purchasing their tickets at the box office this weekend. If you registered before Dec. 4, you should have received a timeslot notification shortly thereafter. Advance tickets purchases must be made within your 30-minute timeslot and buyers must show proof of residency.

If you didn’t register for a timeslot, you can still buy tickets at the box office this Sunday, Jan. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. Otherwise, tickets will be sold online or at the box office starting Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. Online ticketing will be available through Jan. 29. According to Kristina Parker, Press Office Manager for the Sundance Institute, there are also still some ticket passes available that can be purchased online at http://festival.sundance.org/2010/boxoffice.

If you aren’t able to get the tickets you want because a screening is sold out, your best bet is day-of-show ticket sales. Each morning, the main box offices in Park City and Salt Lake City release a limited number of tickets to that day’s screenings at 8 a.m. These tickets must be purchased in person and are not available online or by phone.

The waitlist is also a viable option. Filmgoers can show up at the theatre of the screening they wish to attend two hours before the scheduled screening time to receive a waitlist number. Once you have your number, you can leave the theatre, but you must return no more than 30 minutes before the screening time to line up according to number. Waitlist tickets will be sold for $15 (cash only) in sequential order. Parker says that about 15 percent of the Sundance audience actually get into films via the waitlist.

Best of Fest tickets:

Following the festival each year, the Sundance Institute Film Series presents free screenings of the award-winning films. "Best of Fest" tickets will be distributed to locals Jan. 16-17 at each city’s main box office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. There is a limit of two tickets per person per screening, with a maximum of four tickets total.

These free screenings will take place in Salt Lake City, Park City, Sundance Resort, and Ogden on Monday, Feb. 1, and tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Remaining tickets will be distributed the day of the shows at theatre locations.

Free screening for locals:

Summit County locals are invited to pick up free tickets to the Jan. 26 screening of "The Tillman Story" to be shown at the Library Center Theatre at 8:30 p.m. Tickets will be distributed on Monday, Jan. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Park City Main Box Office. A legal Utah ID with a Summit County zip code or a utility bill must be presented. The film is a documentary about professional football star and decorated U.S. soldier Pat Tillman, whose family takes on the U.S. government when their beloved son dies in a "friendly fire" incident in Afghanistan in 2004.

For more information:

The official festival website is http://festival.sundance.org/2010 . Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office or online at http://festival.sundance.org/2010/boxoffice . For questions about ticketing, email FestivalTickets@sundance.org or call the customer service hotline at (435) 776-7878. Regular hours for the hotline are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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