Sundance Like a Local

  • January 8, 2020
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photo courtesy Sundance Institute | photo by Marisa McGrody

The 2020 Sundance Film Festival is around the corner, which means that Park City's Main Street will be invaded by festival goers from around the world. Navigating the fest can be a bit daunting, but don't be deterred. If you haven't experienced the festival before, it's worth making the time to do so.

Utah Film Commission recently released their Guide to the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, which provides insider tips on how to make the most of the festival from enjoying free screenings for locals to providing insight on getting to Park City and ways to participate in the festival that extend beyond just the film screenings. The guide also includes information on films to take the kids to. Read the guide, take notes, and enjoy the festival. 

Some additional ways to get involved include sponsor venues and the Imagine Futures bonfire. 

Sponsor venues:

Local shops and restaurants become temporary pop-up spots for film festival sponsors. These venues often offer giveaways ranging from swag, hot beverages and water, or simply a place to rest weary feet. Many of the sponsor venues are free and open to the general public, which means that credentials are not required. Occasionally, some of the venues will temporarily close to the public for a private event, but these are usually in the later hours of the festival unless there is a credentialed panel or activity being hosted. If that is the case, they are often only closed for about an hour or so and provide signange out front indicating the closure. 

AT&T Thanks

AT&T brings a shipping-container experience to subscribers and visitors. Stop in for burgers, s'mores, late-night pizza, hot chocolate, coffee and more throughout the festival. 

Address: 660 Main Street


  • 9–11:30 a.m.: Hot Chocolate and Coffee
  • 2–5 p.m.: S’mores or something else that’s warm. McMillions will be doing something here on Friday, which means fries and burgers
  • 10 p.m.–2 a.m.: Late-Night Pizza

Imagine Futures Bonfire

Celebrate the start of a new decade by visiting the Flagpole parking lot on Thursday, January 30, for a bonfire that will feature a performance by the Park City High School Choir and give local residents and filmmakers an opportunity to mingle with one another.