Sundance Festival Park City Utah

Sundance Festival Park City Utah

The Sundance Institute will mark the 30th anniversary of the Sundance Film Festival this month.

Sundance began in Salt Lake City in August 1978, originally called Utah/US Film Festival, and featured films such as A Streetcar Named Desire, Midnight Cowboy, and The Sweet Smell of Success. With Chairperson Robert Redford, the goal of the festival was to showcase strictly American-made films, highlight the potential of independent films, and help new directors and film makers establish themselves professionally, get exposure in a crowd-attracting venue and find distributors and investors for their movies.

The event started out as a competition for independent American films. It also presented a series of retrospective films and filmmaker panel discussions, and finally celebrated the Frank Capra Award.

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The festival is also responsible for bringing wider attention to such films as The Blair Witch Project, Reservoir Dogs, In the Bedroom, Little Miss Sunshine, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, The Brothers McMullen, and many others.

This year the Sundance Festival http://www.sundance.org/festival/ will take place from the 16th to the 26th of January. It is best to get your tickets in advance 3 months early but if you are bold you can still show up at Sundance and either purchase tickets at the Box Office, as the organization releases a limited number of tickets to every day’s screenings, or you can go on a waitlist, or even attend some off-movie events, such as panel discussions, concerts and other presentations.

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Did you know that you can be a volunteer at the Sundance festival? It’s too late for the 2014 Sundance Festival but in August 2014 registration will open for volunteer opportunities at the 2015 Sundance Festival.  One of the possibilities is working in the Press Department where you can help the press get their accredited badges, answer press’ questions, and track press coverage amongst other office duties. Sometimes you’ll find yourself in the field helping with wrangling the camera crews or assisting with press seating. Sounds cool, eh?

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