Students at the Festival

If you are looking for student-specific purchasing options, please click here.

Local Student Outreach

National & International Youth/Student Outreach

Local Student Outreach

Utah High School Screening Series

Since 2000, Sundance Institute has offered Utah students and teachers the opportunity to participate in one of the world's top film festivals through the Student Screening Program. The Sundance Institute | George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation Student Screenings Program presents Sundance Film Festival films specially chosen by Institute staff to introduce students to the art of independent film and engage them in stories from around the globe. Rigorous attention is given to ensure films contain content appropriate for this age group. Through the generous support of; Park City Municipal Corporation; Park City Foundation; Park City Rotary; Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) Program; Salt Lake County Economic Development Department; Summit County Recreation Arts and Parks (RAP) Program; Salt Lake Arts Council;; Utah  Division of Arts & Museums and the National Endowment for the Arts the Program is free to students.

The Program offers a selection of both international and domestic documentary and narrative films. After each screening, the filmmaker conducts a question & answer session with the students. Utah students have been among the first to view films such as: An Inconvenient Truth, March of the Penguins, The D Word: Understanding Dyslexia, Napoleon Dynamite, and Buck.

We host daytime screenings in Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Park City at Festival theatres. 2015 Program dates are January 26 to January 30.

Schools are responsible for providing transportation for their students to the venues. In 2014, we hosted 71 schools and over  5,000 students, and we included even more participants in 2014.

Please email by Monday, December 1, 2014to let us know of your interest. The Student Screening Program is only open to Utah teachers and students.

Locals-Only Student Preferred Package
January 23-February 1, 2015
$300 (20 tickets)
$150 (10 tickets)

As part of Sundance Institute's dedication to the discovery and development of independent artists, and our commitment to local community involvement, we invite local college students to access the Festival through an exclusive Locals-Only Student Preferred Package.

* This program offers full-time undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at a college or university in the state of Utah the opportunity to purchase a Locals-Only Student Preferred Package. Student is required to provide a valid student ID upon collection of the ticket package.

Benefits Include:

  • For $300, select a total of 20 tickets, or for $150, select a total of 10 tickets, to screenings in Salt Lake City and Ogden. Limit four tickets per screening.
  • A Locals-Only Student Preferred Package is valued at a 25% discount off of the Locals-Only SLC/Ogden Preferred Package.
  • Ability to have priority ticket selection before Locals-Only Advance Individual Tickets and National Advance Individual Tickets go on sale.
  • Two Festival Credentials give students access to our non-theatre venues in Park City to experience music and panels with a friend (20 ticket package); one Festival Credential in the 10 ticket package.

National & International Youth/Student Outreach

Ignite Package (ages 18-25)
B Week: January 28-February 1, 2015

Sundance is committed to developing a younger community for independent film. The Ignite Package offers individuals 18-25 an opportunity to see the newest independent films and learn about the industry during one of the most celebrated Film Festivals.

  • 10 tickets to B-Week screenings (January 28 – February 1)
  • 5 vouchers
  • 1 Award Screening ticket for Saturday evening, January 31
  • 1 Festival credential
  • Access to special panels: Meet the Industry, The Inside Scoop on Sundance Film Festival 2015 and Sundance Institute, Speed-dating with Festival Filmmakers, Networking Lunch.
  • Only open to ages 18-25, proof of age required.

Ignite Package Perks:

Film Access

  • 10 tickets to B-Week screenings. (January 28- February 1). Ticket selection will be January 9, 2014.
  • Each Ignite Package holder will receive five vouchers. Follow the wait list procedure and exchange a voucher for entry into any screening. Please note this does not guarantee you a seat in the theatre.  Click here for eWaitlist information.
  • Individuals who purchase the Ignite Package will be given a ticket to an Award Screening to be shown on Saturday evening, January 31.

Events and Panels

  • Admission to all Off Screen events at Sundance ASCAP Music Café, New Frontier, Sundance House Presented by HP, and Filmmaker Lodge, including Cinema Café Presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred®. Must be 21 or older to enter Sundance ASCAP Music Café.
  • Meet the Industry Panel
    • Learn about the different roles in the film industry
    • Participate in a discussion with film industry executives
  • The Inside Scoop on Sundance Film Festival 2015 and Sundance Institute
    • Learn how to navigate the Sundance Film Festival
    • Meet the Programmers
    • Learn about Sundance Institute
    • Meet other Ignite participants
    • Get insider tips
  • Speed Dating with Festival Filmmakers
    • Sit with a Festival filmmaker for 15 minutes at a time
    • Learn about their experience and network
  • Networking Lunch
    • Network with other Ignite participants
    • Share ideas and projects
    • “This experience really inspired me to get rolling and start making my short films. I also became interested in volunteering next year and looking into festival programmer as a potential career.”
      – Student who attended the Festival with the Film School Pass

Shorts Ticket Package
January 22-February 1, 2015

Many famous directors have started their careers with short films at the Sundance Film Festival including Paul Thomas Anderson “There Will Be Blood” and  “The Master,” -- Sundance short film “Coffee and Cigarettes;  Wes Anderson “Rushmore”, “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “Moonrise Kingdom” – Sundance short film “Bottle Rocket;”  and Todd Haynes “Safe”, “Velvet Goldmine”, and “I’m Not There” – Sundance short film “Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story,” among others. Academy Award nominations also usually include a Sundance Film Festival or Sundance Institute supported short film (2014, "Feral", 2013, “Open Heart;” 2012, “The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement,” “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom,” and “The Morning Stroll”).

The 5 ticket Shorts Package will allow you to see approximately 25 to 35 different films of the 55-70 accepted Short films (Shorts Programs average 5-7 selections), chosen from thousands of submissions (over 8,000 last year).  We present 8 different Shorts Programs: Shorts Program 1 -5, Documentary Shorts Program 1 and 2, Animation Spotlight, plus the Shorts Awards Winners on the last Sunday of the Festival. The Day One (January 16) Shorts Program 1 will also be open for selection if tickets are still available. Shorts Programs are generally repeated 4 times each during the course of the festival. There are approximately 35 screening times to choose from in either Park City or Salt Lake City; every Shorts Program plays in Salt Lake City. No Student ID is required to purchase this package.

Benefits Include:

  • For $50, select a total of 5 tickets to screenings in any location. Limit four tickets per screening.
  • Student ID is not required to purchase this ticket package.
  • A Shorts Ticket Package is valued at a 50% discount off a regular ticket price.
  • Ability to have priority ticket selection before other ticket packages
  • One Festival Credential  gives access to our non-theatre venues in Park City to experience music and panels.(Must be 21 to attend to attend Music Café).

Student Volunteer Opportunities at the Festival

If you are a student interested in volunteering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, please click here.


Customer Service Contact Information:
Customer Service Hotline (active during Festival season):  888-285-7790 or 435-776-7878
Monday-Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (MT)