What should I know about Sundance Film Festival?

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Michelle Doucette

Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, Sundance Institute has presented the Sundance Film Festival since 1985. Its mission is simple: to connect independent filmmakers with audiences. The height of the festival’s frenzy is always opening weekend, so if you want to mingle with paparazzi magnets and studio bigwigs, go then. If ticket availability is more important to you, book dates toward the end of the event and revel in the relative calm.

During the 2013 festival, 200 films screened in nine Park City theaters (with satellite locations in Salt Lake City, Sundance Resort and Ogden). Skip the rental car; festival shuttle buses connect all Park City venues, and the town’s free bus system will ferry you from the event’s downtown hub to area hotels and ski resorts.

When it comes to snagging tickets to screenings ($15 apiece), there are three strategies to keep in mind. The first is to purchase tickets online, at least 36 hours before showtime. You can also buy day-of-show tickets, available in limited amounts at 8 a.m. daily, at the main box office. The last option is to go directly to a theater two hours before a screening and get on a waitlist; tickets are dispensed to as many waitlisted guests as possible (one per person) 30 minutes beforehand.

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