(1) Plan ahead with flight/hotel, I highly recommend Newpark Resort, just a little outside the downtown area of Park City, so it’s like a home away from home, and it’s a great place to go to reboot. I booked through expedia.com back in November and I got a great deal. Flights through Southwest are very reasonable.
(2) Buy the $200 Credential pass. You’ll still need a ticket to go see the films, but the credentials will get you in to the Q&As that are awesome. Seeing Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, was well worth the $200, and now I know for next year to take full advantage of this pass.
(3) Only buy two or three tickets ahead of time, You never know which films you’ll want to see the last minute, and if you go towards the end of the festival you can most likely get in to the films on the waitlist if you sign up at least an hour and a half before showtime.
(4) Arrive early for films, at least half hour. If you have a ticket you get in before the waitlist, but will have to wait behind the other ticket holders that got there first.
(5) Try to avoid the box office unless your just going to pick up your tix and pass. If you are buying tix or exchanging prepare to wait in a line for up to an hour.
(6) I highly recommend Atticus Coffee house, this was my spot where I would blog and take a break from the fest, very local, and the coffee and tea is amazing.
(7) Take advantage of the extra perks. I went to an art installation that was amazing, got a free professional pic taken by Canada Goose. Also, the fest has a whole Virtual Reality experience location that I was unable to visit, but next year when I come I will definitely take advantage of the virtual reality.
(8) Pace yourself, don’t let your movie agenda drive your trip, let yourself be open to the new, and get to know the people around you, everyone has a fascinating story to tell, and your life is that much richer for hearing their stories.
(9) Take advantage of the Sundance shuttle service and buses. It’s free!
(10) Sundance is about storytelling, that’s how it started in the beginning, look for those gems, the ones underneath the celebrity and glamour. I found two, The Fits and Uncle Howard.