Park City hosts biggest U.S. film festival

Each January, Utah locals make their way up to Park City to "people-watch" (look out for celebrities and watch PETA and animal rights activists bark at the fur-wearing upper class) at the Sundance Film Festival.

This year Sundance is putting together something special for us, the local students, which is partially free.

For the first time in Sundance history, from Nov. 14 to Dec. 21, certain colleges in Utah will have the exclusive privilege to purchase the Utah Student Pass, UVSC being one of those.

Only 200 student passes in total will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For $100, the Utah Student Pass will give you unlimited access to public screenings, as well as admittance to the Filmmaker Lodge and the Festival and Music Cafes (must be 21).

After seeing 10 movies, the pass pays for itself and every movie afterward is a free bonus. The only snag is that you must pay a $30 handling fee.

If you’re not looking into spending that much cash, then be sure to check out the updates that Sundance puts onto iTunes. Short movies are available for $1.99.

For those looking for the free entertainment, your options are far from being limited. Leading up to the festival, there will be the free local’s documentary series at the Sundance resort.

If you’re not into that sort of thing, during the festival, there are nightly free concerts that happen on Main Street. The performer line-up will be announced sometime in December.
And, of course, it costs nothing at all to walk up and down Main Street to enjoy the festivities. Who knows, you might see someone famous.

For more info on the Utah Student Pass, send an e-mail to and check out or call the ticketing hotline at (435) 776-7878, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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