An insider’s guide to the 2013 Sundance Film Festival

If you are craving for great movies and up-and-coming directors from all over the world then you are in for a treat this January 2013. It is that time of year once more as the Sundance Festival is inching closer and closer each day. This year’s event will take place from January 17 to January 27, 2013 at Park City, Utah and will surely be one event that you never want to miss to start out the new year.

2013 Sundance Film Festival

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If you love movies and you would like to get a first-hand experience at one of the best film festivals in the entire world or you would like to rub elbows with your favorite actors, better get your bags packed as the Sundance Film Festival is surely the best place to go to.

If you are planning to attend this amazing festival, check out the guide below to help you by giving some useful tips on how to have the best Sundance experience possible.

Sundance Lodging and Accommodations

Lodging can be one of the first things to go in Sundance as hordes of people arrive in Park City as early as the first few weeks of January to partake the event. The best place to be in the city is anywhere near Main Street so if you can find accommodations there that would be great. Here is a list of some great hotels that you should try to check out:

  • Club Lespri
  • Silver Lake
  • Deer Valley
  • Park City Mountain Resort
  • Marriott Summit Watch
  • Yarrow Hotel
  • The Grand Summit
  • Westgate Park City Resort & Spa
  • Waldorf Astoria
  • Copperbottom Inn
  • Hotel Park City
  • Park City Peaks
2013 Sundance Film Festival

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How to Find Sundance Tickets

What good would it be to attend Sundance and not see a movie or two, or three, or maybe all? Well, if you want to know how to score some tickets to some great movies, the official Sundance website has provided a simple how-to guide that will surely aid you in getting the tickets you want. You can also purchase your tickets there with just a few clicks of your mouse. Just visit their website at for further details and announcements.

Food and Dining

There are tons of restaurants when you attend the Sundance Film Festival which caters to all kinds of palettes of customers from all over the country. You may also be surprised to see a famous actor or actress in one of the great restaurants around the area. If you want some Italian food, Buona Vita and Grappa Italian Restaurant are nice restaurants and both are located just along Main Street. Other amazing options that you should definitely check out are the ones listed below.

  • Chimayo
  • Prime Steak House
  • Zoom
  • High West Distillery & Saloon
  • Easy Street

Other Activities That You Can Enjoy

If you are not only into movies and you would like to try out other events at the festival, here are some of the things that you should definitely do while at Sundance this year.

  • Bar Hopping – If you like to party and have a good time, checking out some of the great bars around the area is surely a must-do. There are a lot of bars that you can frequent but among the best are No Name Saloon, Bistro 412, and Harry O’s.
  • “Star” gazing – When I say stargazing I don’t mean looking at the sky and checking out constellations. With the influx of top celebrities, it can be very fun and exciting endeavor to try and get a peek or better yet a picture with your favorite celebrity. You are likely to find some top actors and actresses at the local Starbucks or possibly at some of the restaurants around the city.

Most Anticipated Movies of Sundance 2013

Despite the tons of fun activities that you can enjoy at Sundance, at the end of the day it will still boil down to enjoying movies. Here is a list of some of the most anticipated premieres from this year’s Sundance Film Festival movie lineup.

  • jOBS
  • Before Midnight
  • Don Jon’s Addiction
  • The East
  • Stoker
  • The Way, Way Back

Here are some other premieres that should be on your must-see lists at this year’s festival:

  • Lovelace
  • The Look of Love
  • The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman
  • Top of the Lake
  • Very Good Girls

Tips for First-Timers to Sundance

2013 Sundance Film Festival

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If it is your first time to attend Sundance, here are some important tips that you should keep in mind:

  • Be Prepared for a Crowd – Sundance is becoming more and more popular each year and with it comes the tons of people wanting to experience it first-hand. That is why you should be prepared for a crowd during the festival which would mean long waits and busy streets. Expect this from the very beginning of your trip so that you can plan accordingly.
  • Book Your Tickets and Make Reservations Early – This is one of the most important things that you should do when planning a trip to Sundance. Lodging and accommodations can be fill up very quickly which is why it is advised that you make your airline and hotel reservations ahead of time.
  • Plan Your Itinerary – There are a ton of movies that are must-sees during the festival and picking out which one to go to at the last minute can end up causing arguments with your companions. That said it is best if you plan out which screenings you are going to at which times so that you won’t have any issues. Just remember to arrive at the cinemas pretty early to avoid the long lines that will surely be present.

Hopefully this guide has helped you in planning out and enjoying this year’s Sundance Festival. Be sure to enjoy and have a great experience at one of the best film festivals in the world!

An Insider’s Guide to the Sundance Film Festival

It’s that time of year again—a time to celebrate great stories and the work of up-and-coming filmmakers. Yes, it’s time for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The event is going to be held in Park City, Utah from January 19 to 29.

The Festival provides independent filmmakers from across the globe a platform  to showcase their art and be recognized. What started out as a humble operation in 1978 has grown into what is considered the biggest annual independent film festival in the United States.

If you’re looking to be part of this year’s event but are not sure what to expect, don’t worry, we’ve compiled insider’s guide to the Sundance Film Festival to help you make the most out of your trip. We’ve asked several experienced Festival-goers for some tips on everything Sundance—from the best restaurants  all the way to the best places to spot celebrities.

So, without further ado, here’s your Guide to Sundance:

What are the best places to stay in Park City, Utah?

The Montage was the top choice of our respondents. The second place went to both Marriott Mountainside and St. Regis Hotel.
Other options would be:

Club Lespri Silver Lake
Deer Valley Park City Mountain Resort
Marriott Summit Watch Yarrow Hotel
The Grand Summit Westgate Park City Resort & Spa
Waldorf Astoria Copperbottom Inn
Hotel Park City Park City Peaks

But according to one respondent, any house near Main Street will do. She recommends for a list of places for rent.

What is the best place to get Sundance Film Festival film tickets?

Almost everyone pointed to the event’s official website But don’t worry if you can’t get them from the Festival’s website. You can get them from and as well.

Of course, you can also just drop by the Park City Box office or ask to be waitlisted at any of the participating cinemas.

What are the five best restaurants in Park City, Utah?

Survey Respondents Said:

Chimayo Prime Steak House
Zoom High West Distillery & Saloon
Easy Street

What are the five best places to spot celebrities?

Okay, this one’s a bit tricky. The respondents are unable to reach a consensus on whether there are celebrities at the slopes or not.

In any case, they do agree that you’ll most likely find them around Main Street, especially during the first weekend of the Festival. Other places to check out include Starbucks, Zoom, Park City outlet stores and of course, wherever panel discussions that feature celebrities are held.

What are your favorite nightlife activites during Sundance?

Most of the respondents agree that getting yourself invited to one of the private after-movie parties that are usually attended by celebrities is the score. However, there are still a lot of great things to do in case the exclusive party thing does not work out for you.

One good option is to drop by one of the local bars or restaurants to enjoy good food and great live music. Art galleries are a popular alternative as well. You can also just walk around and enjoy the sights and sounds of the city.

Of course, if all else fails, you can always go back to enjoying the films—which is what the Festival is all about anyway.

What are the best five bars in  the Park City, Utah area?

Our “experts” say:

No Name Saloon Bistro 412
Downstairs O’Shucks Bar & Grill
Harry O’s

What’s new for this year’s Sundance Film Festival?

There are more off-screen events where filmmakers talk about their entries such as:

The Cinema Cafe (daily)
Artist at the Table
At the Lodge

There are also more panels and, according to one respondent, “New Movies That you will love!“ We don’t know about you but it sounds pretty convincing to us.

What are the top five films you are hoping to see this year?

The four most anticipated films in this year’s Festival are:

2 Days in New York
California Solo
Celeste & Jesse Forever

You may be wondering what the fifth one is. Well, we are too. There was no clear winner so we’ll just list list all the other choices that are equally qualified to take the final spot:

Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap I Am Not a Hipster
That’s What She Said Abacus
Black Rock 5 Broken Cameras
The Pact The Law in These Parts
2 Days in New York Red Lights
About Face Bachelorette

What to expect from your first time attending the Sundance Film Festival?

Expect big crowds. This is probably the most important thing to prepare for. This means that there will probably be nowhere for you to park you car on Main Street. And of course, restaurants will be packed as well.

You can also expect to wait outside the cinemas (in the cold) for a while before you’re allowed to get in and enjoy your movie.

But don’t cancel your plans just yet. This is exactly why this guide was written. Planning ahead is the key to having a great time at the Festival.

First, there’s no need to worry about parking. Find a spot a couple of minutes away from Main Street and take a cab to the event. It should be easy to navigate the city because transportation is readily available. As for the food, just make reservations early. You don’t need to fight for a table. You should have one waiting just for you.

The wait outside the cinemas shouldn’t be a problem as well—you might even bump into a celebrity (or two) who are usually willing to pose for photos with fans—if you wear comfortable shoes and clothes that keep you warm. Just make sure you have lighter clothing underneath since the cinemas tend to get toasty with the number of people inside.

Finally, with all the people at the event, you’ll have the slopes all to yourself. It’s the perfect time to bond with what one respondent calls “the best powder on earth”.

That’s it. You are now ready to take on the Festival. Go out there and have a blast!