2013 Sundance Film Festival Kicks Off For Utah Residents

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Park City, UT — Sundance Institute will once again offer exclusive events and priority pass and ticket availability for the approximately 15,000 Utahns who attend the Sundance Film Festival each year. The 2013 Sundance Film Festival will be January 17 through 27, 2013.

Locals-only Festival pass and ticket package registration begins tomorrow (September 18) and will end October 10. During that time Festivalgoers must register at www.sundance.org/tickets and will receive an email on October 12 with a randomly assigned timeslot to purchase Festival passes and ticket packages online in January. Descriptions of locals-only pass and ticket package options can be found at http://www.sundance.org/festival/tickets/locals/.

Additional Festival benefits for Utah residents include:

Free Best of Fest Screenings for Utah residents
Sundance Institute presents complimentary screenings of an award-winning film to locals on January 28, 2013. Locals must bring a Utah ID to pick up these free tickets in person at any main box office in Ogden, Park City, Salt Lake City and Sundance Resort on January 12, 2013.

Free Townie Tuesday Screening for Summit County residents
Sundance Institute presents two complimentary screenings for Summit County residents on January 22, 2013. New this year, tickets for Townie Tuesday screenings can be picked up at the same time as Best of Fest tickets at the Park City Main Box Office beginning January 12, 2013 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Volunteer at the Sundance Film Festival
Every year, Sundance Institute selects more than 1,800 volunteers – more than half of whom live in Utah – to help create a global platform for independent film. Volunteers assist in all areas of the 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 to see world premieres of the best new independent films. Applications are now being accepted at http://www.sundance.org/volunteer.

Sundance Institute Community Programs
Sundance Institute brings Utah residents a series of events that best represents the Institute’s spectrum of artist programs. Free community events feature screenings, musical performances and discussions from recent and past Institute Alumni in conjunction with local community collaborators. Sundance Institute gratefully acknowledges the support of Principal Sponsor Zions Bank and Community Supporters George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Park City Municipal, Salt Lake County Economic Development, Salt Lake County Zap Tax Tier II, Summit County RAP Tax and Summit County Restaurant Tax.

The Sundance Film Festival
A program of 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 Napoleon Dynamite, and through its New Frontier initiative, has showcased the cinematic works of media artists including Isaac Julien, Doug Aitken, Pierre Huyghe, Jennifer Steinkamp, and Matthew Barney. The 2012 Sundance Film Festival sponsors to date include: Presenting Sponsors – HP, Acura, Sundance Channel and Chase SapphireSM; Leadership Sponsors – DIRECTV, Entertainment Weekly, Focus Forward, a partnership between GE and CINELAN, Southwest Airlines and Sprint; Sustaining Sponsors – FilterForGood®, a partnership between Brita® and Nalgene®, Canada Goose, Grey Goose® Vodka, Hilton HHonors and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, L’Oréal Paris, Stella Artois® and Time Warner Inc. Sundance Institute recognizes critical support from the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and the State of Utah as Festival Host State. The support of these organizations will defray costs associated with the 10-day Festival and the nonprofit Sundance Institute’s year-round programs for independent film and theatre artists. www.sundance.org/festival

Sundance Institute
Sundance Institute is a global nonprofit organization founded by Robert Redford in 1981. Through its artistic development programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, composers and playwrights, the Institute seeks to discover and support independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work. The Institute promotes independent storytelling to inform, inspire, and unite diverse populations around the globe. Internationally recognized for its annual Sundance Film Festival, Sundance Institute has nurtured such projects as Born into Brothels, Trouble the Water, Son of Babylon, Amreeka, An Inconvenient Truth, Spring Awakening, I Am My Own Wife, Light in the Piazza and Angels in America. Join Sundance Institute on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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