A LOCALS GUIDE TO THE 2016 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

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The Sundance Film Festival will be held in Park City, Utah from Thursday, January 21 through January 31, 2016.

This is an exciting and busy time in Park City, being a native Parkite I have been through my share of Festivals.  Hopefully the information included in this blog will answer the most common questions regarding the annual event and will help guide you around all the action that our little town endures during this time of year.

 

SUNDANCE CUSTOMER SERVICE

With patience and careful planning, this busy time in Park City can be as enjoyable for locals as it is for the worldwide audience who visit the Festival. Sundance Film Festival is proud to call Park City home. If you have any questions, suggestions or special needs, please contact Sundance Film Festival Customer Service at customerservice@sundance.org call the hotline at 888-285-7790 or 435-658-3456.

 

Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

 

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL TICKETS

Locals can purchase tickets designed specifically for Utah residents as well as general public ticket options. Learn more about local’s tickets here: http://www.sundance.org/Locals/ or call the Sundance Institute Customer Service Hotline at 888-285-7790 or 435-776-7878 Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mountain Time or email customerservice@sundance.org.

  • Day of Show

Each morning at 8:00 a.m., there are a limited number of tickets released to that day’s screenings. Go to the Main Box Office in Park City to get tickets to previously unavailable screenings. Tickets for each theatre’s first screening of the day are released at 8:00 a.m. the day before. Day-of-Show Tickets must be purchased in-person; they are not available online.

  • Wait Listing

If tickets are the Box Office are sold out, don’t be afraid to try the theaters. The Waitlist Tickets procedure will be different this year. Please check the Sundance Film Festival website at http://www.sundance.org/festivals/sundance-film-festival/get-tickets .

When referencing the Program Guide, you may see TBA (or “To Be Announced”) as a placeholder in the film schedule. This allows the Festival programmers to add screenings for popular films after the Festival begins. Information on TBAs is available at each theater and all Festival Box Offices. Sign up for the Festival Insider daily email newsletter to receive the most up-to-date screening information directly in your inbox.

 

GETTING AROUND

There are many transportation options but we like our longtime local companies with all local drivers CitiRide of Park City of course! Call or visit them to set up your advanced reservations today 435.658.2220 or www.citiridepc.com .

Park City’s free bus system also will get you to all the venue’s you can find the schedule here: http://www.sundance.org/pdf/festival-info/SFF13-Transit-Map.pdf

 

PARKING

We suggest you do not try to drive there is so much traffic and congestion and it is very difficult to find parking at any time of day.

 

PEDESTRIANS

Once  you get to your destination it is easy to walk around Park City during the Sundance Film Festival. This will save you time and ease up the traffic on the roads. Many paved sidewalks allow pedestrians to easily get around to various areas in town. Pedestrians should use crosswalks and obey traffic signs and pedestrian controls.

 

RESORTS

Both Deer Valley Resort and Park City Resort experience traffic in the evening 4pm when skiers are leaving the slopes. Lowell Avenue, Empire Avenue and Lower Dear Valley Drive should be avoided if possible at this time. For cars traveling into town, shuttle lots are available for parking at Deer Valley Resort from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. (only lots 5 and 6). These lots are only available for parking until 2 a.m. Cars left in the lot after 2 a.m. will be towed at the owner’s expense.

 

POST OFFICE

The best time to visit the Main Street Post Office is before 1 p.m. There are a handful of 30 minute parking spaces at the post office. If you live near Main Street, it is highly encouraged that you walk to the post office.

 

RESTAURANTS

Like everything else in Park City during Sundance Film Festival, restaurants are generally busier than usual or may be rented out for private events. The best option if you plan to eat out during the Festival is to call ahead for a reservation, or visit http://www.parkcityrestaurants.com for more local restaurant information.

 

BUSINESSES, EMPLOYEES & VOLUNTEERS

Businesses are busy during the Sundance Film Festival. All our employees have lived in town for many years and worked many festivals and many of the employees at local shops and restaurants live in town on a year round basis. In addition, more than 1,800 Festival volunteers make this unique time possible. Whether going to a screening, shopping or eating, locals are a great resource for information to our visitors. For information regarding Arts & Culture, Dining & Nightlife, Health, Wellness & Medical, Lodging & Transportation, Spas & Salons, Recreation &

Activities, or Retail & Shopping, visit www.visitparkcity.com .

 

INFORMATION

All locals know that the most up to date information can be found at www.kpcw.org or on the radio at 91.9 FM. Tune in and listen live for updates about traffic, weather and information on the Festival.

Most importantly enjoy yourself!

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