Sundance Film Festival
Jan 17- Jan 27, 2013
Park City, UT
The Sundance Film Festival is the mother of all film festivals, at least in the US. Founded by Robert Redford, the fest debutes small but great indie films and star-studded masterpieces destined for Oscar wins. Movie buffs and movie stars will take over Park City January 17th through the 27th, 2013 watching films, attending parties, and skiing and snowboarding in between it all. Here's your guide to the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, with info on the lineup, tickets, and lodging.
Hundreds of films are slotted for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and they fill the entire spectrum - funny short films, movie star-drenched dramas, intense documentaries, you name it. Highlights for this year's fest include:
- Ain't Them Bodies Saints with Casey Affleck and Ben Foster
- Kill Your Darlings with Danielle Radcliffe, Ben Foster, Micahel C Hall, Elizabeth Olsen
- The Lifeguard with Kristin Bell
- Touchy Feely with Ellen Page, Ron Livingston, Allison Janney
- Magic Magic with Micahel Cera
- 99% - The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film Documentary
- Twenty Feet From Stardom: Documentary about backup singers
- Google and the World Brain Documentary
- The Gatekeepers Documentary about Israel's Secret Service
- El Mariachi: Celebrate the 20th anniversary of this Robert Rodriguez classic
The 2013 Sundance Film Festival schedule will revolve around the following categories, but the detailed program guide has not yet been released:
- Documentary Competition: US & World Cinema
- Dramatic Competition: US & World Cinema
- Short Films
- Animation Spotlight
- Documentary Premiers
- Spotlight: Great new films that have already debuted in other parts of the world.
- NEXT: The most innovative films of the bunch.
- New Frontier: Works from filmmakers experimenting with new media.
- Park City at Midnight: Edgier films.
- From the Collection: Indie classics revisited.
And don't forget about the panels and parties!
There are three types of tickets you can purchase for the Sundance Film Festival: passes, ticket packages, and individual tickets. As you gain more access to the fest, attend more screenings, and attend more days, prices increase. Here's the basic scoop for each level, though:
- Festival Passes: For $300 all the way up to $,3000, you can see all the screenings, and enjoy full access to the festival (including the Sundance ASCAP Music Café), the Awards Night Party, and priority seating at screenings.
- Ticket Packages: For $325 to $1,000, you can see 20 screenings, and also enjoy other aspects of the festival, like the Salt Lake City Café at the Beehive Tea Room and, in some cases, the Awards Night Party.
- Individual Tickets: Chances are, there will be leftover tickets for individual screenings. You can take advantage of these for just $15 a piece and take on the Sundance Film Festival one screening at a time.
With Park City cabin deals, you'll have enough money saved to enjoy the festival and the local attractions.
Since parking is limited or non-existance at most venues, it's best to use the free shuttle to get around the festival. Check out the official map for the Sundance Film Festival and shuttle here.
View Sundance Film Festival in a larger map
Visiting Park City
Part of the reason the Sundance Film Festival is such a hit each year is Park City is so vacation-worthy this time of year. Year-round attractions include the Park City Museum, a must for history buffs, the historic Egyptian Theatre, and the Kimball Art Center.
There's also lots of great food you don't want to miss out on. Top-rated restaurants include Chez Betty, Zoom, and the Glitretind Restaurant. As well, if you book a Park City vacation home, you can enjoy an intimate and affordable night in cooking up your own meal in your own kitchen.
Skiing and Snowboarding
It's ski time in the winter time! In between movie watching, hit the slopes or just take in the beautiful natural sights. Here are Park City's top outdoor attractions:
Book a Park City ski in out condo and you'll have quick access to a great ski run.
Looking for Sundance Film Festival lodging? Instead of browsing hotels - which are small, forgettable, expensive, and sometimes sold out - consider a luxury cabin, ski condo, or large vacation home. Whether you're traveling solo or with the whole family, privately owned and rented out Park City accommodations are definitely the way to go. Enjoy amenities like a fireplace, hot tub, ski resort access, full kitchen, large deck, and more! Why book a string of hotel rooms when you can book a home with multiple bedrooms - for the same price or less of a hotel?