Yes it's September, but January will be here before you know it, and if you want to get in on the entertainment bonanza that is the Sundance Film Festival, the time for locals to apply for ticket packages is fast approaching. Here's the details:

Sundance Institute today announced increased options and convenience for locals for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. With the new Locals Midweek package, the ability to pick up passes and ticket packages before the Festival starts, and increased priority to year-round residents, the Sundance Film Festival encourages Utahns to take advantage of the country’s preeminent film festival, which will be held January 20-30, 2011.
Registration for locals ticket packages and passes opens September 21, 2010 and runs through October 13, 2010. In order to purchase Festival passes or ticket packages, festival-goers must first register online to receive a timeslot to purchase. Registration is not first-come, first-served; timeslots to make the purchases in late October are assigned randomly. Any remaining passes/packages that are not purchased through this process will be available for sale in November – registration will not be required at that time. Passes and packages may be picked up beginning Tuesday, January 18, 2011, a day earlier than previous years. Information can be found at
The Festival’s Utah-based audience are enthusiastic film lovers and hosts to out-of-state Festival guests. In recognition of the support the community provides, the Institute has implemented proof of residency requirements to ensure that the limited supply of seats allocated specifically for locals reaches them. As such, a Utah state driver license or Utah state ID will be required to make purchases.
Locals-only options for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival include:
For film lovers who intend on seeing a number of films, Festival Passes offer the convenience of simply arriving at the theatre 30 minutes before the scheduled start time for access to priority seating. No ticket selection is required. Companions must have their own pass.
Locals Quick Pass [Valid January 21 – January 30] $300
· All Access to SLC/Ogden Screenings
· 1 SLC Gala Reception Ticket
Locals also have the first opportunity to purchase a pass that is available to non-locals at a later date:
Express Pass B [Valid January 26 – January 30] $2,500
· All Access to any screening or panel
· Awards Night Party Ticket
Ticket packages are created for two or more people and require ticket selection after the films are announced (early December). Those who purchase ticket packages have one of the first opportunities to select tickets. All ticket packages come with two Sundance Film Festival credentials, which give access to official venues.
Film Lovers [Valid January 20 – January 30] $300
· 12 tickets to screenings and/or panels
SLC/Ogden Preferred [Valid January 21 – January 30] $375
· 20 tickets to SLC/Ogden screenings
Student Preferred [Valid January 21 – January 30] $300
· 20 tickets to SLC/Ogden screenings
· Full-time undergraduate and graduate students will be required to provide a valid student ID from a Utah college or university upon collection of the ticket package.
Midweek NEW! [Valid January 25 – January 27] $250
· 10 tickets to any screenings and/or panels Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Locals also have the first opportunity to purchase two packages that are available to non-locals at a later date:
Classic B Package [Valid January 26 – January 30] $650
· 20 tickets to screenings and/or panels
· 2 Awards Night Party Tickets
Discovery Package [Valid January 21 – January 30] $325
· 10 tickets to screenings (excluding Premiere category) and/or panels
Registration for additional Festival Passes and Ticket Packages through national sales also occurs from September 21 – October 13, 2010.
Locals Individual Tickets Information
Locals who would like to purchase individual tickets must register online between November 16 and December 20. Registrants will be randomly assigned a timeslot to purchase tickets in person at the Park City and Salt Lake City Box Offices. Timeslots occur on January 8-9, 2011. Assignments to purchase tickets at the Park City Box Office are reserved for Summit and Wasatch County residents only.
For locals wishing to see films at Ogden’s Peery’s Egyptian Theater or the Sundance Institute Screening Room at the Sundance Resort, online registration is not required. Cards indicating a timeslot to purchase tickets will be distributed at 7:30 a.m. MT on January 8, 2011 to people waiting in line (limit one per person). The card will inform patrons when to return to their respective Box Office (Ogden or Sundance Resort) between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 8 to make purchases. Patrons at the Ogden or Sundance Resort Main Box Offices may only purchase tickets to films screening at their respective locations.
Volunteering at the Sundance Film Festival
Every year, Sundance Institute selects more than 1,500 volunteers to help create a global platform for independent film. Volunteers are needed to assist in all areas of the Sundance Film Festival—from theatre entrances to shuttle stops. Local, insider knowledge is always helpful, and of course, there are exciting benefits such as being among the first audiences to see world premieres of the best new independent films. Applications are now being accepted online at:
The Sundance Film Festival is the premier showcase for U.S. and international independent film, held each January in and around Park City, Utah. Presenting dramatic and documentary feature-length films from emerging and established artists, innovative short films, filmmaker forums and panels, live music performances ranging from solo acts to film composer events, cutting-edge media installations, and engaging community and student programs, the Festival brings together the most original storytellers of our time.
Supported by the non-profit Sundance Institute, the Festival has introduced global audiences to some of the most ground-breaking films of the past two decades, including sex, lies, and videotape, Maria Full of Grace, The Cove,Hedwig and the Angry Inch, An Inconvenient Truth, Precious, Trouble the Water, and Central Station and, through its New Frontier initiative, has brought the cinematic works of media artists including Isaac Julian, Doug Aitken, Pierre Huyghe, Jennifer Steinkamp, and Matthew Barney.