Sundance Film Festival – Lodging, Giving, History

02.10.08 by Kendall Card

The Sundance Film Festival has once again come and gone from Park City. 2009 Sundance Film Festival DatesBut not to worry, the dates for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival have been announced – January 15-25, 2009.

This year, like last, seemed like it was bigger and more widely attended. Crowds were big, parties even bigger and the stars were seen throughout the festival. True to form, it also snowed like crazy during the festival which is something locals look forward to each year as Sundance seems to usher in a solid string of storms.

Although Park City is still the headquarters for the festival, some screenings have migrated to Salt Lake City where the Beehive Cafe acts as the HQ for Salt Lake screenings and festival info. The Kimball Art center (known as the Sundance House during the festival), located on Heber Avenue just steps away from Historic Main Street in Park City, is the place to be to get all the info.

Lodging for Sundance

One of the things that can make or break your visit to Utah during the Sundance Film Festival is getting the right lodging, especially if you’d like to catch some films in addition to some time on the slopes. Of course booking early is ideal but booking the right spot is key.

459 Woodside Avenue - perfect place to stay during the Sundance Film FestivalMany of the homes and condos through Utah Vacation Homes are on the public bus system in the town of Park City with a few of the homes like 459 Woodside Avenue which has 4 bedrooms and sleeps 8 (seen on the right) or the Park Avenue home which is a stones throw from a couple of film venues. With a complete renovation including a private hot tub in back it’s bound to be the ideal spot to host your own Sundance party.

Giving Suite

A standout of the festival this past year was the Giving Suite. Rather than the typical “Gifting Suite” where starts and film makers walked away with tons of stuff they likely didn’t need, the Giving Suite was set up by Joe Tomlinson of Re:volve which is a local clothing company. Of the Giving SuiteENN said:

It [Giving Suite]is not the title of a fledling film, but rather an exclusive boutique of eco-friendly goods where companies that would potentially have given away mountains (no pun intended) of schwag to Sundance-going celebrities, chose instead to sell it. 100% of the profits went to one of seven charities.

History of the Sundance Film Festival

In 1981, Robert Redford, one of Utah’s resident celebrities, helped to form the Sundance Institute which is an organization dedicated to enhancing the artistic quality of films. He has since been instrumental in one of Park City’s major annual events, the Sundance Film Festival, which is based in Park City, Utah.

What is the Sundance Film Festival?

Each year, the Sundance Film Festival team reviews thousands of independent films from all across the world. These films are made in many different languages and span any and all topics one could imagine, representing many different genres — from animation to documentaries to cult films. The mission of the Festival programming team is to find features and documentaries that “inspire, challenge, delight, startle, move and thrill” viewers.

Each year, thousands of fans and artists alike eagerly greet a lineup of films. Many of these may make their way into mainstream society.

The Sundance Film Festival is a great way to take in the world of independent film regardless of if you’re an aspiring writer, actor, director or simply a fan of good cinema. It’s a great time to be in Utah to catch a film, a powder day at a nearby ski resort or if you’re lucky, both!

3 Responses to “Sundance Film Festival – Lodging, Giving, History”

  1. Robyn Orme says:

    Although Sundance Film Festival is just 10 days in January the Park City Film Series features “motion pictures not typically available through commercial outlets in the Summit County area” throughout the year. Playing this week (April 25-27) is the acclaimed film Juno. For up to date schedules check-out http://parkcityfilmseries.com

  2. Tristan says:

    It’s great to go down to the Park City Library and watch great movies each month. It’s another example of how this community really lives in the arts.

  3. Kendall Card says:

    You’re right – and thanks for the tip. I’ve wanted to see Juno for a while and missed it on the big screen.

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