2022 Sundance Film Festival: New Local Lens Program to Provide Select Free Screenings and Offerings for Utah Residents Across the State

In-Person Utah Venues Announced; Redesigned Festival Will Provide More Access, Safety, and Flexibility to the Local Community Than Ever Before

Important Note: As of Wednesday, January 5th the hybrid Sundance Film Festival has shifted it’s Utah planned programming online. The 2022 Sundnce Film Festival takes place January 20-30 online (festival.sundance.org) and at our Satellite Screens across the country. The Omicron variant with its unexpectedly high transmissibility rates is pushing the limits of health safety, travel and other infrastructures across the country and for the care of the community we have moved the Utah-planned in-person events online. You can find more information on the shift here.

Park City, UT — The Sundance Film Festival announced today the latest details on special locals-only opportunities in person and online for the 2022 Festival, taking place January 20–30. As part of its new Local Lens program, the Festival has planned a selection of free in-person and online screenings, ticket discounts, student screenings, and more. These in-person and online events and locals-only offerings will welcome new and returning film lovers across Utah with more flexibility in how they can participate than ever before, and show appreciation to the Festival’s longtime home state.


To aid in planning the 2022 Festival experience, the Festival also outlined the Utah footprint of theater and non-theater venues. The 2022 edition features a tighter venue plan with fewer theaters as a measure to protect the health safety of the community.


“With the return of an in-person Festival in Utah, we’re looking forward to not only safely bringing together artists and local audiences, but also inviting Utahns to come together online to celebrate storytelling with some special custom perks,” said Festival Director Tabitha Jackson. “Our filmmakers value and enjoy the chance to get to know our local Festival community up close and personal. We are delighted that this year it will be possible both in person and online, giving Utahns a fantastic range of options in how they choose to participate.”


Following are the Local Lens offerings with details on the specific film screenings (the films themselves will be announced in late December, after the Festival program is made public). Locals can prepare for the 2022 Sundance Film Festival by registering online at festival.sundance.org and sign up for Insider emails here. Once the films are announced, details for how to get tickets to the free screenings and how to take advantage of the discount offer will be on the locals page (and more on that below.)


In-Person Free Screenings

For residents in and around Summit and Salt Lake counties, the Festival will offer the following free screenings.

Thursday, January 27:

  • Two Summit County screenings at the Park City Library and Redstone theaters

  • One Salt Lake County screening at the Grand Theatre


Additionally, there will be two free Best of Fest screenings in Park City and Salt Lake City on Sunday, January 30, with each venue exhibiting an award-winning fiction and nonfiction feature 

from the 2022 Festival.


  • Two films at the Eccles Theatre in Park City

  • Two films at the Grand Theatre in Salt Lake City


Online Free Screenings

Utahns from across the state can participate in two free Festival feature film screenings from the comfort of their homes.

  • On Saturday, January 22, catch a film during the first weekend of the Festival on the online Festival platform.

  • On Saturday, January 29, locals can log back in for a Best of Fest award-winner film.


Free Screenings for Students

As part of the Sundance Institute | George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation Student Screening Program, the Institute provides Utah high school students with the opportunity to watch three screenings of feature-length films and/or view a shorts program during the Sundance Film Festival, and then have a conversation with the artists who created it about the film’s themes, storytelling, and production. These free screenings engage students with emerging and leading independent filmmakers, introducing them to new perspectives. 


The screenings for high school students will be available through the online platform exclusively, allowing young film lovers in grades 9–12 to participate from anywhere in Utah. Educators interested in having their classes attend an online screening should contact studentprograms@sundance.org.


Discounted Access to the Festival

For a limited time only, the Salt Lake City Package can be purchased at an early bird 20% discount ($100 savings) for $400 starting on December 17, 2021, through January 3, 2022, after which the package price will return to $500. Created for Utah residents, this package offers 10 in-person tickets to feature film screenings at all Salt Lake City venues, with early access to ticket selection, and includes all the benefits of our Explorer Pass.


Beginning Wednesday, January 26, the Festival will offer a 25% discount on single tickets ($5 savings) for locals for in person screenings taking place on Wednesday, January 26, through to the end of the Festival. Utah residents can receive a $5 discount for up to four single tickets per person, based on availability. Utah residents who have created a Sundance account will receive the discount and tickets can be purchased online or in person at any box office location beginning January 26th at 8:00 a.m. MT. 


Festival Venues

Festival venues for 2022 include both theater and non-theater locations. Non-theater venues will host conversations and events (including live music and panels) — an ideal spot for Utah artists to converge. The Festival’s online platform will expand the reach by increasing accessibility for audiences across Utah (and beyond).

Park City

All Park City theater venues will be operating for the duration of the Festival (January 20–30):

  • The Eccles Theatre, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City, UT 84060

  • The Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City, UT 84060

  • Holiday Village Cinemas, 1776 Park Ave., Park City, UT 84060

  • The Library Center Theatre, 1225 Park Ave., Park City, UT 84060

  • Prospector Square Theatre, 2175 Sidewinder Dr., Park City, UT 84060

  • The Ray Theatre, 1768 Park Ave., Park City, UT 84060

  • Redstone Cinemas, 6030 Market St., Park City, UT 84098


Two Park City non-theater venues will be operating from Friday, January 21, to Tuesday, January 25. These venues are free and open to all Festival patrons:

  • The Filmmaker Lodge, Elks Building, 550 Main St. (2nd Floor), Park City, UT 84060

  • The Craft, 950 Iron Horse Drive, Park City, UT 84060


Salt Lake City

All Salt Lake City venues will be in operation for the duration of the Festival as well:

  • The Grand Theatre, 1575 S. State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84115 

  • Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway (300 S.) Salt Lake City, UT 84101 

  • Broadway Centre Cinemas (2 screens), 111 E. Broadway (300 South) Salt Lake City, UT 84111 

  • SLC Library Theatre, 210 E. 400 S., Salt Lake City, Utah 84111 


Two Salt Lake City non-theater venues, hosted by Visit Salt Lake, will be open from Friday, January 21, to Saturday, January 29:

  • Festival Lounge at Copper Common, 111 E. Broadway #190, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

  • The Queer Lounge at Twist, 32 Exchange Place, Salt Lake City, UT 84111


Sundance Mountain Resort

Sundance Mountain Resort Screening Room, 8841 N. Alpine Loop Road, Sundance, UT 84604


Health Safety

The health safety of our community is paramount. As we plan for the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, one of our most important considerations is how to safely bring the community together — visitors and locals alike. At present, we require that all participants attending the Festival in person in Utah be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine that is approved by the World Health Organization. All vaccinations must be completed at least two weeks prior to attending the Festival. We require that masks are worn at all times in interior spaces and in queuing lines. We are actively in contact with the local health officials, working together utilizing recent information provided from top public health and safety organizations to create the safest possible experience for our attendees. Please follow the COVID-19 section of the Festival here to see the current measures and guidelines we have in place. These will be continually updated as more information becomes available.


Festival Sponsors and Host State

The Festival is a program of the nonprofit Sundance Institute. Our 2022 Festival sponsors include Presenting Sponsors Acura, AMC+, Chase Sapphire, and Adobe; Leadership Sponsors Amazon Studios, DIRECTV, DoorDash, Dropbox, Netflix, Omnicom Group, WarnerMedia, and XRM Media; Sustaining Sponsors Aflac, Audible, Canada Goose, Canon U.S.A., Inc., Dell Technologies, IMDbPro, Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold, Rabbit Hole Bourbon & Rye, Unity Technologies, University of Utah Health, and White Claw Hard Seltzer; Media Sponsors The Atlantic, IndieWire, Los Angeles Times, NPR, Shadow and Act, Variety, and Vulture. The Sundance Institute recognizes critical support from the State of Utah as Festival Host State. The support of these organizations helps offset the Festival’s costs and sustain the Institute’s year-round programs for independent artists.


Sundance Institute’s Utah Community Programs are supported by Principal Sponsor Zions Bank; Major Supporters State of Utah, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, University of Utah Health, Acura, and Adobe; and Community Supporters Salt Lake County Community Services; Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) Program; Peggy Bergmann; Summit County Recreation, Arts, and Parks (RAP) Tax; George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation; and Salt Lake City Arts Council.


Special thanks to Park City Municipal Corporation and Park City Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau.


Sundance Institute

As a champion and curator of independent stories for the stage and screen, Sundance Institute provides and preserves the space for artists in film, theatre, film composing, and digital media to create and thrive.

Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, the Institute’s signature Labs, granting, and mentorship programs, dedicated to developing new work, take place throughout the year in the U.S. and internationally. Sundance Collab, a digital community platform, brings artists together to learn from each other and Sundance advisors and connect in a creative space, developing and sharing works in progress. The Sundance Film Festival and other public programs connect audiences and artists to ignite new ideas, discover original voices, and build a community dedicated to independent storytelling. Sundance Institute has supported such projects as Clemency, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Zola, On The Record, Boys State, The Farewell, Honeyland, One Child Nation, The Souvenir, The Infiltrators, Sorry to Bother You, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Hereditary, Call Me By Your Name, Get Out, The Big Sick, Mudbound, Fruitvale Station, City So Real, Top of the Lake, Between the World & Me, Wild Goose Dreams and Fun Home. Join the Sundance Institute on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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