The annual trek to Park City, Utah has already begun for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, which runs Jan. 19 until Jan. 29. If you’re planning to partake in the festivities, this guide will help you get around and enjoy the 10 creative, inspiring, hectic, and fun days.
If you were like a lot of the people here in Utah and missed your opportunity to buy the local’s passes, you still have your chance at buying a few tickets that haven’t sold out. You can find a list of the showings here.
Parties & Events
We all know that with the Sundance Film Festival comes the party scene of Hollywood. If you’re interested in getting in on the drinks, celebrity sitings, and food, then here are a few of the most anticipated events:
Thursday, Jan. 19
Après Ski Festival Kick-off Rooftop Party – 4 to 8 p.m.
The lodge is open to members as well as other invited press and industry execs for a fun Apres Ski party at the Main Street lodge.
An Artist at the Table – 8 p.m.
The annual benefit kicks off the first day of the festival with the director, Jeff Orlowski, set as the keynote speaker. The private cocktail reception and dinner follow the premiere of 45th Vice President Al Gore‘s “An Inconvenient Sequel” at the Eccles Theatre.
Friday, Jan. 20
Tao Park City – 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.
The stars bring a little Hollywood with them with the annual Tao Park City nightclub pop-up. A surprise performance or two also keeps the early morning party going at this star-studded club scene.
Saturday, Jan. 21
The IndieWire Filmmaker Party Presented By Coca-Cola And Regal Films – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Mix and mingle with Coca-Cola, Regal, Red and film industry execs and editors at Indiewire over a bottle of Coke!
“Mudbound” After-Party – 9 p.m. to midnight
Macro and Zeal toast to the film’s Sundance arrival with stars from the film Mary J. Blige, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke and Garrett Hedlund at the Stella Artois Filmmaker Lounge.
Sunday, Jan. 22
A Cocktail Evening To Champion Change – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Geena Davis and the Bentonville Film Festival host a panel discussing women and diverse voices in media with industry notables, including Jill Soloway and Michaela Watkins, at Rock & Reilly’s.
Monday, Jan. 23
“Brigsby Bear” Cocktail Reception – 5:30 p.m.
Filmmaker Dave McCary and stars Mark Hamill, Claire Danes, Andy Samberg, Greg Kinnear, Jane Adams, Matt Walsh, and Kyle Mooney kick off the night with a reception in celebration of their film at the Kia Supper Suite.
Wednesday, Jan. 25
BMI’s 15th annual Snowball – 8 p.m.
A lineup of BMI singers and songwriters headline the annual gala at Festival Base Camp. Talent includes Angela McCluskey, Rachel Crow, the Hearings and more.
If the wild events of Sundance don’t entice you to join, perhaps one of these great bands will. Head on over to Main St. for some dinner then get your dancing shoes on for the shows at any of these Utah venues.
As always, Sundance is more than just a Hollywood away from home. It’s a time where creative artists come together and produce magic. There are films of all genres, parties of different kinds, and people from all over the world. Turn a film into a date night and remember, you don’t need to go to Main Street to participate. The festivities are happening in Park City, Salt Lake City, Sundance and Provo.