Sundance Film Festival Featured

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By: Darin Michl

Each year the Sundance Film Festival selects 200 films for exhibition from more than 9,000 submissions. More than 50,000 people attend screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah. In addition to discovering filmmaking's newest talent through the Festival's program of documentary, dramatic, and short films, Festivalgoers experience live music performances, panel discussions with leading filmmakers and industry figures, cutting-edge media installations, parties celebrating the Festival community, and more.

 

The Sundance Film Festival is dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. Through its programs, the Sundance Film Festival seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work.

 

Students at the Festival

Local Student Outreach

National Student Outreach


Local Student Outreach

Utah High School Screening Series

Sundance Institute offers Utah students and teachers the incredible opportunity to participate in one of the world's premiere film festivals through the Sundance Film Festival High School Screening Program. With a selection of documentary and narrative films, the program presents an opportunity for students to explore the medium of film as entertainment, and as a powerful tool for raising awareness of issues that shape political and social landscapes-nationally and internationally. After each screening, the filmmaker conducts a question and answer session with the students. Utah students have been among the first to view films such as Napoleon Dynamite, March of the Penguins, and An Inconvenient Truth.

This program presents films from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival specially chosen by Institute staff to reflect issues and interests relevant to high school students. Rigorous attention is given to ensure films contain content appropriate for this age group. Through the support of the Salt Lake County Zoo Arts & Parks Program, Salt Lake City Arts Council, Utah Arts Council, Salt Lake County and the Summit County Recreation, Arts & Parks Program, these screenings are free to students.

We host daytime screenings at a Salt Lake City Festival theatre Monday-Friday, January 23 - 27, 2012. Screenings times are approximately 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. We host two screenings in Ogden (date TBD). Schools are responsible for providing transportation for their students to the venues. In 2011, we hosted 55 schools and over 5,000 students, and we hope to include even more participants in 2012.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, December 5, 2011 to let us know of your interest.

Locals-Only Student Preferred Package
January 20-29, 2012
$300

As part of Sundance Institute's dedication to the discovery and development of independent artists, and our commitment to local community involvement, we invite local college students to access the Festival through an exclusive Locals-Only Student Preferred Package.

* This program offers full-time undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at a college or university in the state of Utah the opportunity to purchase a Locals-Only Student Preferred Package. Student is required to provide a valid student ID upon collection of the ticket package.

Local students must register between September 20 and October 12 for an opportunity to purchase this ticket package.

Benefits Include:

  • For $300, select a total of 20 tickets to screenings in Salt Lake City and Ogden. Limit four tickets per screening.
  • A Ticket Package valued at a 20% discount off of the Locals-Only SLC/Ogden Preferred Package.
  • Ability to have priority ticket selection before Locals-Only Advance Individual Tickets and National Advance Individual Tickets go on sale.
  • Two Festival Credentials give students access to our non-theatre venues in Park City to experience music and panels with a friend.
  • Ability to register and purchase additional individual tickets through local and national sales if interested.

National Student Outreach

Film School Pass - SOLD OUT
B Week: January 25-29, 2012
$300

The perks of being a student have never been greater at the Sundance Film Festival. The Film School Pass offers an exclusive path for students to fully immerse in the year's most celebrated gathering of the independent film community. Full-time undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at a college or university gain special access to films, panels, events, parties, and more.

All students must register between must September 20 and October 12 for an opportunity to purchase the Film School Pass. 

Film School Pass Perks:

  • Admission to all film screenings 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and 10:00 p.m. or later.
  • One 3 p.m. Eccles Screening. Students who purchase the film school pass will be given a ticket to one 3 p.m. Eccles screening during their time at the Festival.
  • Follow the wait list procedure and show your credential at time of payment for free entry into any screening between 11:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Please note this does not guarantee you a seat in the theatre.
  • Admission to all Off Screen events including Panels, Music Café, New Frontier, and Cinema Café. Must be 21 or older to enter Music Café.
  • Meet The Sundance Film Festival Programmers!
    • Learn how to navigate the Sundance Film Festival
    • Meet other students
    • Get insider tips
  • Speed dating with Festival filmmakers
    • Sit with a Festival filmmaker for 15 minutes at a time and learn about their experience and ask questions about their process.
  • Opportunity to be a part of the Live@Sundance online coverage team by writing blog posts, tweeting from the ground, and sharing photos for the official Sundance Film Festival website.
  • Daily Hit List: Students will receive updated information on each day’s panels, events, and must-see screenings.

Sample Film School Pass Day-at-a-Glance:

9:00 a.m.

Get your coffee-to-go and use your pass to walk in to one of eight theatres for a morning film.

11:30 a.m.

Catch a panel on documentary storytelling at the Filmmaker Lodge.

12:30 p.m.

Stop by the Filmmaker Outreach Table before heading out of the Lodge to talk to folks from Film Independent, Center for Social Media, and IFP, among others.

1:00 p.m.

Grab lunch on Main Street, compare notes on the latest films you've seen, and tweet your reviews for #Sundance.

2:00 p.m.

Walk over to New Frontier for a guided group tour of media art installations.

4:00 p.m.

Pop in to the Sundance ASCAP Music Café to grab a drink and hear some music.

6:00 p.m.

Meet-up at Sundance House for a student-only Q&A with a filmmaker about the nuts and bolts of turning a short film into a first feature.

8:00 p.m.

Use your student resource guide to find a cheap bite and fuel up for midnight.

11:30 p.m.

Join the rowdiest Festival crowd for a midnight screening.

Film Student Volunteer Opportunities at the Festival

Individuals and Groups welcome!

Requirements:

  • Must be over 21, and must be full-time undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at a college or university.
  • Volunteer in our Theatres as members of our Theatre team, helping to usher, take tickets, manage lines, and run our Theatres!
  • Volunteer at least 24 hours (usually three 8-hour shifts) between 1/24-1/29, shift times will be assigned to students by the Festival and will not overlap with Sundance Film School Events.
  • Complete a report within two weeks of the Festival detailing their experience and recommendations
  • Must provide their own transportation, meals, and accommodations. Hints on discounted accommodations and planning your trip will be provided.

Benefits:

  • Receive the same benefits as Sign Up Volunteers, detailed here: http://www.sundance.org/festival/info/program-details/#requirements
  • Can attend the following Film School Events run by Sundance Institute, for free!:
    • Festival Welcome with the Programmers
      • Insider tips for students to navigate the Festival
      • Meet other students
    • Filmmaker Roundtable
    • Speed dating interaction with current Festival filmmakers to learn their process and the steps they took to come to the Festival.
    • Opportunity to be a part of the Live@Sundance online coverage team by writing blog posts, tweeting from the ground, and sharing photos for the official Sundance Film Festival website.
  • If the school/student would like to create an internship out of the program, students will be evaluated by their on-site supervisor, and can volunteer more hours, as needed.

To Apply:

  • Groups should contact to express their interest in our Film Student Volunteer Program and discuss specifics.
  • Individuals should complete a volunteer application at www.sundance.org/volunteer and then email the volunteer department.
  • Space is limited. Those wishing to participate should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to October 15 about availability.

Getting Here:

As a student, you're probably on a budget. We want to help you find the easiest way to access the Festival at a fraction of the costs. From places to stay to planning your on-the-ground transportation, we can offer you tips to help you navigate Park City and we'll put you in touch with your fellow student Festivalgoers to coordinate plans before you arrive.

* All students will be required to provide a valid student ID upon collection of the pass.

Customer Service Contact Information:
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