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Each January, Sundance Film Festival comes to the beautiful Wasatch mountains in Utah. Screenings are held everywhere from the town library to bars on Main Street. In sleepy Park City and neighboring Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, movie stars wander the streets and millions of dollars are raised for independent movies.

About Sundance

In 1981, movie star and director Robert Redford founded The Sundance Institute, named after the character he played in 1969 American Western film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Redford’s goal was to create opportunities for independent and up-and-coming filmmakers to reach a wider audience. He partnered with John Earle, Cirina Hampton Catania and Sterling Van Wagenen, who had founded the U.S. Film Festival in Utah in 1978, and the festival was reborn as the Sundance Film Festival in 1991. Redford provided the name and offered the use of his own land in the Wasatch Mountains, also named Sundance, for parts of the festival.

Sundance, Utah, owned by Robert Redford, where parts of the Sundance Film Festival are held
Sundance, Utah, owned by Robert Redford, where parts of the Sundance Film Festival are held

Sundance is packed with screenings, panel discussions, musical performances and exhibitions. The climax is an awards ceremony celebrating the best films as selected by a jury of film industry grandees, a 2018 date for which will soon be available here. The awards are known for introducing indie movies to a wider audience, with previous winners including comedy-dramas Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and Dear White People and Academy Award-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Sundance 2018 takes place from January 18-29 and will screen 110 feature films from 29 countries, including 100 world premieres To browse the Sundance Film Festival program, click here.

Mary G. Steiner Egyptian Theatre in Park City, Utah, one of the venues for Sundance Film Festival screenings
Mary G. Steiner Egyptian Theatre in Park City, Utah, one of the venues for Sundance Film Festival screenings

Tickets

The most comprehensive ticket for Sundance is the Express Pass, available only to Sundance Circle members (join by making a donation to the institute here), which includes access to all screenings, priority entrance, an official photo credential and (if you’re buying entry to the second half of the festival) a ticket to the awards party. Express Pass tickets cost $3,500 for the first half of the festival (18-23 January) and $3,000 for the second half (24-29 January).

It’s also possible to buy tickets for one venue only, such as the Eccles Theatre (from $1,800) or Grand Theatre (from $500). Or, if you are more interested in the social and networking side of festival and don’t mind missing film screenings, at $500 an Official Credential gives you access to Filmmaker Lodge, the New Frontier art exhibition and the Sundance ASCAP Music Café (in the daytime only). All tickets are available for purchase here.

If you’re planning on jetting off to Park City for Sundance Film Festival, why not arrive in style? Allow Air Charter Service to organize your private jet charter to Heber City Municipal Airport, just 30 minutes from Park City.

Park City, Utah, home to the Sundance Film Festival, in midwinter
Park City, Utah, home to the Sundance Film Festival, in midwinter

To reach Sundance Film Festival in comfort and style, why not charter a private jet? In the comfort of your own aircraft you can use the journey to work, relax or socialize. Contact us for more information, or to discuss private jet prices.

Sundance Film Festival FAQs

Tickets for Sundance cost from $6,500 for Express Pass tickets (providing full access to all festival events) to $75 for entry to six events in the Episodic and Shorts program only. If you are a Utah resident, you can even pick and choose movies, buying tickets to individual screenings for $20-25.

Sundance Film Festival starts on January 18, 2018.

Originally named the U.S. Film Festival, Sundance was founded in Salt Lake City in 1978 with the aim of attracting filmmakers to Utah. Its founders were John Earle and Cirina Hampton Catania, who were both on the Utah Film Commission, and Sterling Van Wagenen, a Utah native and then head of Wildwood, Robert Redford's film company. Robert Redford was the first board chairman. In 1980, apparently at the suggestion of director Sydney Pollack, organizers moved the festival to Park City, believing that holding an industry event at a ski resort in the middle of ski season would help draw visitors. In 1991, the festival was officially renamed the Sundance Film Festival after Redford's character, the Sundance Kid, in the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Sundance lasts 10 or 11 days, depending on the year. The 2018 festival is 11 days long, from January 18 to 29.

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