SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NEW AND EXPANDED TICKET OFFERINGS FOR LOCALS ONLY


UTAH RESIDENTS OFFERED FIRST OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE Passes and Packages REGISTRATION FOR PASSES AND TICKET PACKAGES RUNS SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 3

 

2009 HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
·   Priority, Free Registration for Utah Residents
·   Increased Availability of Number of Popular Film Lovers Packages
·   First Opportunity to purchase the new Discovery Package
·   Advanced Availability: Express Pass B Offered First to Locals
·   New: Credential Available for Access to Official Festival Venues
·   Expanded SLC Preferred Package Now Includes Ogden Screenings
·   New: Locals-Only Student Preferred Package
 
PARK CITY, UTAH -- Sundance Film Festival organizers announced today new and expanded ticket offerings for Utah residents, including the first opportunity to purchase the brand-new Discovery Package as well as select passes and packages, including the popular Express Pass B, previously offered only through national ticket sales. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2009, the Sundance Film Festival will take place January 15-25 with screenings and events in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
 
"Sundance Film Festival, while international in the scope of its filmmakers, films, audiences and reputation, very much belongs to the people of Utah," said Jill Miller, Managing Director, Sundance Institute. "From its early beginnings 25 years ago, the Festival's success has been supported by the vital, enthusiastic involvement of local residents. We seek to provide a high level of access and exclusive offerings to the local community," Miller said.
 
Utah residents, who collectively make up over one-third of all Sundance Film Festival attendees, are given access to the majority of all Festival tickets sold — nearly half of which can only be accessed by locals. Organizers also offer to schools throughout the Wasatch Front and Back its Filmmakers in the Classroom program and high school screenings and make available each year a select number of tickets to Festival screenings for local community groups and non-profit organizations.

 
2009 Sundance Film Festival Locals Pass and Ticket Package registration begins on Tuesday,
September 23 9:00 a.m. (MT) and runs until Friday, October 3, to 5:00 p.m. (MT). This registration period is open to Utah residents only. To ensure local benefits reach local audiences, proof of Utah residency (valid Utah Driver’s License or a photo ID and a Utah utility bill) is required when Packages and Passes are picked up at the Main Box Offices in Park City and Salt Lake City. A Utah billing address is required for all credit card purchases.
 
 
For 2009, Utah residents will have the following film pass and package exclusive options:
 
LOCALS FESTIVAL PASS OPTIONS (All passes include admission to the Sundance House, Filmmaker Lodge, New Frontier on Main, Salt Lake City Cafe and Music Café)
 
ADVANCED AVAILABILITY Express Pass B (January 21-25, 2009) $2500
For the first time ever, Utah residents have the opportunity to purchase before national buyers this popular pass which provides admission to all panels and screenings at all theatres within the specified pass dates. Also includes admission for one to the Awards Night Party on Saturday, January 24, 2009.
 
Locals Quick Pass (January 16-25, 2009) $230
Admission for one patron to any Festival screening in Salt Lake City or Ogden throughout the ten days of the Festival (except Salt Lake City Gala on January 16 at The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center). No ticket selection is necessary. Includes one photo Festival credential.
 
LOCALS FESTIVAL PACKAGE OPTIONS (all packages include a limit of 4 tickets total per screening or panel and ticket selections are made based on availability in late December)
 
NEW Discovery Package (January 16-25, 2009) $325
This package includes 10 tickets to any screenings or panels at any time and anywhere throughout the Festival, with the exception of films in the “Premiere” category. Includes two Festival credentials.
 
Film Lovers Package (January 16-25, 2009) $225                       
For 2009, Festival organizers have increased the number of available Film Lovers packages, the best value and most popular ticket package. Package holders are allowed to select a total of 12 tickets to screenings and/or panels in all locations. Includes two Festival credentials.
 
EXPANDED SLC/Ogden Preferred Package (January 16-25, 2009) $375
This package includes 20 tickets to screenings in Salt Lake City and Ogden only. Includes two Festival credentials.
 
Locals-Only Student Preferred Package (January 16-25, 2009) $300
This package includes 20 tickets to screenings in Salt Lake City and Ogden only. Patron must be either an undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled in a Utah-accredited baccalaureate degree level institution. Visit www.sundance.org/festival for a list of eligible colleges and universities.
 
NEW Official SFF09 Credential  (January 16-25, 2009) $200
Patrons will be able to purchase one credential which allows admission for the holder to the Sundance House at The Kimball Art Center, Filmmaker Lodge, New Frontier on Main, daytime admission to the Sundance Music Café, and the Salt Lake City Café at the Beehive Tea Room. 
 
Festival Passes and Ticket Packages are in high demand, so patrons must first register online at www.sundance.org/festival to be eligible to receive a purchase timeslot. Registration is free. The Festival ticketing system randomly assigns purchase timeslots to registrants. Registration is NOT first-come, first-served. On October 8, registered patrons will be contacted via email indicating whether or not they received an assigned date and time to purchase their Pass or Package.
 
 
KEY TICKETING DATES
 
  • Locals Festival Passes and Ticket Packages Online Registration
    September 23, 2008 - October 3, 2008
  • Locals Advance Individual Tickets Online Registration
    December 2, 2008 - December 10, 2008
  • Locals Festival Passes and Ticket Packages Purchase Timeslot Notification
    October 8, 2008
  • Locals Advance Tickets Sales (In-Person Only) Notification
    December 15, 2008
  • Locals Weekend Sales (Chosen registrants only)
    January 3-4, 2009