Insider Tips for Visiting 2013 Sundance Film Festival

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival is just a month away. If you plan to spend the extended January 17-27 weekend in Park City, Utah rubbing shoulders with Hollywood’s elite and fellow film buffs; it’s time to book your Park City vacation rental on and start planning your trip.

For up-to-date information about tickets, activities and travel tips, the official online Sundance festival guide is the place to start. But if you’ve ever done the Sundance scene, you know how crazy, crowded and confusing festival week in Park City can be for first-timers. Whether you’re new to the Sundance Film Festival or a returning fan, our Sundance insider tips will help you make the most of your festival experience.

Sundance Film Festival

  1. It’s not too late to book a gorgeous Park City vacation rental on Good availability still exists for Sundance dates, particularly the latter half of the festival.
  2. Skip the opening weekend premiers and go during the last half of the festival.
  3. Don’t hesitate to join the waitlist for tickets to your preferred films. According to Sundance officials, only 30% of public screenings actually sell out and even then new tickets are released on the day of the show for most screenings. At most showings, 15% of the audience were waitlisted. Arrive an hour before screenings for the best chance to get in.
  4. The best way to assure access to panel discussions is to purchase a $200 credential (free with festival ticket packages and passes) or become a festival volunteer for free access to off-screen events.
  5. Unless you have a reservation and don’t mind waiting in line, skip the Main Street restaurants. Good options include J&G Grill, Squatters Roadhouse Grill and El Chubasco.
  6. If you enjoy skiing, this is the time to hit Park City’s world-renowned slopes. The festival crowd sticks to town so you’ll practically have the mountain venues to yourself.