The Sundance Film Festival kicks off this Thursday in Park City and lasts 10 amazing days. As a local television host, business manager on Main Street and patron of the festival for almost 15 years I have definitely learned a thing or two about Sundance. Below are five tips I have to help you make the most out of your time dancing in the Sun.
Dress the Part
I know it is shocking, but Park City is cold and wet during the month of January, so dress warmly. So many times I have seen women in short skirts and stilettos shivering in the cold and holding onto whatever or whomever they can to not slip on the ice. When you are headed to an event it is best to dress in layers and wear the right shoes. This way you can be warm while you are on your way to your destination and you can strip down to your party attire once you get inside. If you want to stand out it can be as easy as wearing a colorful coat and accessories instead of black or gray. It seems like every year Main Street becomes a sea of black coats, so if you want to be noticed add some color to your wardrobe.
Visit Exhibits and Lounges That Are Open To The Public
Take a break from the cold and visit one of the many places open to the public. Many offer charging stations, snacks and beverages as well as experiences you can’t find anywhere else. One of the exhibits you won’t want to miss is New Frontier. It is the 11 year anniversary for New Frontier and the program looks absolutely amazing. If you are outdoorsy make sure to stop by The Eddie Bauer Adventure House to hear stories from your favorite Eddie Bauer adventurers, guides and athletes and have a photo experience on top of a glacier. Chase Sapphire On Main will have Q and A’s with actors and filmmakers throughout the festival as well as a taste of Park City every day around noon.
See A Film or Two or Three
If you didn’t buy tickets in advance there are other ways to see a film during the festival. You can still purchase tickets to a few films at sundance.org or you can register for the Sundance Film Festival eWaitlist at ewaitlist.sundance.org. You aren’t guaranteed a seat for the movie if you register, but at least you have a chance. Many of the films have a question and answer session at the end of the film. Don’t miss out on the chance to hear the cast and crew talk about the movie. It really adds to the festival experience.
Work At A Private Lounge Or Event
If you don’t mind adding a little work into your playtime check out the local classifieds for any gigs available during the festival. My friends and I have worked with different companies throughout the years and we have been able to be a part of some amazing private events that we wouldn’t have been able to attend without our hard work. Whether you want to be on the waitstaff, a bar tender, help with set up and tear down, a runner or a model there is a job for everyone during the film festival.
Be Ready For Anything
You never know who you are going to meet or what event you are invited to. Even if you are planning on just walking down Main Street you could be asked if you want to go to a private screening, concert, event or see your favorite celebrity. Some nights are full of adventures and others are nice to stay in and prep for the next day. No matter what your Sundance experience brings I hope you enjoy what the festival has to offer.