Sundance Film Festival: Locals-only sale Jan. 11


SALT LAKE CITY — People from all over the world come to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, running Jan. 18-28, but it’s the locals who get special access.

The festival has a special ticket purchasing window just for Utah locals, allowing them to purchase individual tickets for screenings in both Park City and Salt Lake City.  The buying window starts Jan. 11 at noon and will run until 8 p.m., and if you’re fast enough on the click you can purchase up to 20 tickets during that time (a maximum of four tickets per screening).

In order to increase your chances of getting tickets, it helps to familiarize yourself with this year’s schedule. The most comprehensive one is available online at, and is divided by either film (which lists the times and theaters each individual movie is playing) or the day-to-day schedule (which offers descriptions of the films as small pop-up windows). The film program is divided by the 13 different categories of films that will be playing at the festival, and is great for perusing before the sale starts.

When the sale is active, however, it’s usually easiest to have the day-to-day schedule available in a separate window (or on a separate device, if you don’t want to click back and forth between pages). Though it’s good to go into the purchasing window with a few key films as your top priority, there’s a chance they’ll already be sold out by the time you can get in. If that’s the case, you can use the schedule to look at the films that are available for a given day and see if you’re interested.

The Sundance Box Office, located in the south court of Trolley Square Mall in Salt Lake, will be open only to Best of Fest and locals ticket pickup only on Jan. 14 from 8 a.m. to noon. They will open again Jan. 17-18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Jan. 19-28 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those picking up local tickets must have either a Utah driver’s license or Utah state I.D. as proof of residency in order to receive tickets. No refunds will be available if proof of residency is not shown.

It’s also still possible to purchase a pass to the festival, which allows the buyer access to all movies shown at a certain venue or within a certain time range. These are considerably more expensive, with the most expensive pass available to the public costing $3,000, but you can either get a Grand Theatre Pass (which covers all Friday, Saturday and Sunday screenings at the Grand Theatre) or an Official Credential (which doesn’t cover movies, but will let you into several non-movie Sundance events in Park City) for $300 each.

To purchase either locals only-individual tickets or one of the larger passes, visit The links to the various festival passes are at the top of the page, while the Locals Individual Tickets link is further down the page. There’s also a row of quick links at the very top of the page that will jump you to the appropriate sections.

DAISY RIDLEY in Claire McCarthy’s “Ophelia.” (Photo by Covert Media | Courtesy of Sundance Institute)


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