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Guest editorial

Jack Thomas, Mayor, Park CityRoger Armstrong, Chair, Summit County Council,

Ten days. 195 films. 3,220 hours of bus operations. Tonight the 30th Sundance Film Festival draws to a close.

Like Robert Redford’s description of the Egyptian Theater in 1985, Park City also was once "small and a bit shabby." Together our community and the Sundance Film Festival have evolved over the past three decades. Each year we have built upon the lessons and successes of the prior year creating subsequent Festivals that are smarter and run more smoothly. The Sundance Film Festival contributes to the cultural, creative, and economic well-being of our communities, as well as communities across the state.

Park City once attracted silver miners. Together with the Sundance Film Festival, we now attracts independent artists from around the world who mine creativity and ideas from each other by way of the silver screen. And unlike the old art of silver mining, the craft of film and creativity is a community practice that shines a bright light on our collective and creative paths forward.

So, as we prepare to bring up the houselights on the 2016 Festival, we want to pause for a moment and say Thank You

Thank you to the community for continuing to embrace the Festival and its mission as part of our community. We know that our residents edit their daily routines during the Festival to accommodate the schedules of our guests and film screenings.

Thank you to our staffs for the professionalism you bring to every aspect of the Festival, including logistics, business inspections, parking management, transit, and public safety. A special thank you to the Park City Police, Summit County Sheriff’s Office, and the other Utah law enforcement agencies that ensured the safety of our residents and guests.

Thank you to the more than 2,000 Sundance volunteers who are great ambassadors for the Festival and our community. You are the heart and soul of the Festival.

Finally, thank you to the Sundance Institute for another amazing Sundance Film Festival. Congratulations on 30 years of independent film that began in one theater on historic Main Street and now encompasses 10 venues in Park City and the Snyderville Basin seating more than 4,000 patrons. Thank you for supporting the entire community in achieving the delicate balance between Festival dates and the Martin Luther King, Jr holiday weekend.

We are honored to share our community stage with you and look forward to sharing it well into the future.

Tonight, we celebrate!

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