Sundance Film Festival

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Sundance Film Festival Park City Utah

Registration for Festival Passes and Ticket Packages to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival opened yesterday 17 September. Sundance is the biggest annual independent-film festival held in the United States. It receives about 12,000 submissions and shows 200 films in a variety of types and genres: shorts, documentaries, international films, features, experimental, animated, and more. The event attracts cinema fans from around the world. For Festival schedule, updates on tickets, films and times, see Sundance’s website, and 6 Tips On Sundance Tix from their blog. Festival Passes and Ticket Packages are in high demand, so you must first register online to be eligible to receive a timeslot to purchase. Festival dates: January 16-26, 2014.

The Sundance Institute, the non-profit organizational body that hosts the annual festival, is based in Utah, which is also home to the annual film festival. Screenings of film entrants occur in Salt Lake City, Ogden, Park City and the Sundance Resort -Robert Redford’s beautiful lodge northeast of Provo, Utah. However, Park City is the permanent seat of the festival’s annual activities and the destination for immersion into independent-film appreciation heaven. Park City, Utah, about 30 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, has a population of nearly 8,000 permanent residents, but during the festival that number rises significantly as thousands of visitors arrive from around the world.

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Robert Redford at the Opening Press Conference for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival

Notable Scheduled Events

  • Festival Opening Weekend – The festivities are kicked off January 16-19 with film screenings in the short and full-length categories, and the opening of New Frontier, a multimedia film experience recently incorporated into Sundance’s annual activities.
  • “An Artist at the Table” – This fundraising dinner and celebration January 16, 2014 is an intimate evening of cocktails, dinner and performances by the Sundance Institute’s artists. In attendance will be filmmakers, artists and actors featured at the Film Festival.
  • Closing Day – The festival wraps up at the annual Reception and Awards Ceremony at the Basin Recreation Center Fieldhouse. The international film community juries bestow multiple awards in both the dramatic and documentary film categories. Audience Awards decided by festival attendees are also announced during the ceremony.
  • Awards Night Party – Held at the Basin Recreation Center Fieldhouse, the awards party is a celebration of the work featured throughout the festival, with patrons, guests, actors and filmmakers all in attendance.

About

The Sundance Film Festival:  Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, the Festival has introduced global audiences to some of the most groundbreaking films of the past three decades, including Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Little Miss Sunshine, An Education, sex, lies, and videotape, Reservoir Dogs, The Cove, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, An Inconvenient Truth, Precious, and Napoleon Dynamite, and through its New Frontier initiative, has showcased the cinematic works of media artists including Isaac Julien, Doug Aitken, Pierre Huyghe, Jennifer Steinkamp, and Matthew Barney. The Festival is a program of the non-profit Sundance Institute.

Sundance Institute:  Since 1981, Sundance Institute has evolved to become an internationally-recognized nonprofit organization that actively advances the work of risk-taking storytellers worldwide. Originally founded by Robert Redford in the mountains of Sundance, Utah, Sundance Institute has always provided a space for independent artists to explore their stories free from commercial and political pressures. By providing year-round creative and financial support for the development of original stories for the screen and stage, Sundance Institute remains committed to its mission to discover and develop independent artists and audiences across the globe.