Park City Film Series Opens
One thing we’re known for in Park City is our cinema. Through a community of film buffs and the excitement of the Sundance Film Festival which brings in movie lovers and movie makers from around the world, our little corner of Utah is a world-class destination for those who want to take in innovative cinema. Whether it’s a romantic movie from an up-an-coming director or exposure to locally produced films, no stay at Park City Peaks is complete without a visit to the theatre. We can help you navigate the excellent line-up of films this season.
Just a few moments away from your room, the historical theater where the films are screened makes a wonderful evening at the cinema part of your stay. What better way to experience all that Park City has to offer than by catching up on this year’s Oscar-Nominated films or seeing a movie made by a local director? The Park City Film Series will be an exciting part of your stay at Park City Peaks.
The theatrical excitement of the Sundance Film Festival isn’t the only bit of cinema to get amped up about here in Park City. February welcomes the Park City Film Series. This festival run by a non-profit film society presents a range of films guaranteed to delight any audience. The festival includes everything from documentaries to international comedies and even some locally made drama. This film experience needs to be included in your Park City vacation plans as film is a fundamental part of the culture of Park City and the surrounding areas and is like a window to the world from right here in Utah. It would be remiss of you to miss out on the artistic and cinematic genius of the Park City Film Series.
The Park City Film Series hosts thought-provoking films which are sure to please lovers of art-house cinema all over the world. You’ll also be able to check out some feature films by independent directors and those sure to be catching Oscar buzz. There are even films chosen for Park City’s youngest of audiences making attending the Park City Film Series a perfect activity for the entire family. The Series highlights films made in Utah and all over the world by creative directors with unique perspectives on modern life. With opportunities to experience motion pictures not normally available through commercial outlets in the Summit County area, this is a great addition to any Park City visit.
Located just about a mile from your room at Park City Peaks Hotel, the Jim Santy Auditorium at the Park City Library Building is located in a historic building that used to be Park City’s High School. Now, it hosts a range of screenings throughout the year bringing modern and classic films to this beautiful historic building. With an intimate setting equipped to hold 400 guests, the screenings offer a unique way to catch up on Oscar films you might have missed or see a film by a director you wouldn’t have known about otherwise. With plans to upgrade the screen to a digital projector, the Park City Film Series will continue to lead the way in offering beautiful films to the Park City community.
While you’re here, be sure to check out a screening from one of the local films for which the Series is famous. Often, you’ll be able to stick around for a talk with actors, directors and film making teams after the show. It’s a great way to hear the voices of some of today’s freshest filmmakers and see what goes on behind the scenes. Utah is a colorful and creative place so we hope you’re able to see the best our filmmakers have to offer during your stay at Park City Peaks.
The Sundance Film Festival has been a staple of Park City’s tourism since the Sundance Institute was started by Robert Redford in 1981 and is one of the most popular Park City events. The Sundance Institute was started in Sundance Utah with the goal of providing creative and financial support for the development of independent, original stories for film. Each year the festival chooses 200 films to be exhibited from over 9000 submissions, and in addition to many screenings the festival also features: live music, documentary films, many great events and parties and panel discussions. This is one of the biggest Park City Events that is celebrated each year and our Park City Peaks Hotel Blog has the inside scoop on what you need to know to navigate Park City during the festival.
What are the competitive Categories in the Sundance Film Festival?
- U.S. Documentary Competition.
- U.S. Dramatic Competition
- World Cinema Documentary Competition
- World Cinema Dramatic Competition
- Shorts Program
- Animation Spotlight
Where are the Sundance Theatres and Venues?
- Sundance Film Festival Headquarters at The Park City Marriot houses the official festival store and is where most of the festival business for filmmakers takes place. This is a great place to spot your favourite filmmakers!
- The Sundance Festival House at Kimball Centre hosts daily festival events and activities and is open to everyone. At the house they have food and drink, as well as the latest festival event and film information.
- Theatre locations for the Sundance Festival include:
- Eccles Theatre
- Egyptian Theatre
- Holiday Village Cinemas
- Library Centre Theatre
- Prospector Square Theatre
- The MARC
- Redstone at Kimball Junction
- Temple Theatre
- The Sundance ASCAP Music Cafe at the Rich Haines Gallery is the location where the majority of the live music events are being held during the festival and is a must for music fans visiting Park City for the festival including performances by: A Fine Frenzy, Josh Kelley, The All-American Rejects and David Gray.
Where Should You Stay during Park City Events?
Sundance Film Festival Lodging
Our Park City Hotel, is conveniently located just a 2 minute free-shuttle ride to main street, the epicenter of many of the Sundance Film Festival venues and events. With a shuttle-stop located right in front of our doors, we’re the perfect Sundance Film Festival accommodations for your entire party. We still have rooms available but we are filling up quickly so book soon! We also still have event space available for booking. Contact our Park City Hotel staff to learn more.
Sundance Film Festival Transportation
Due to the enormous influx of visitors our Park City Hotel gets during the film festival and other Park City events, we don’t recommend driving around town during your stay, especially since many of the main event venues and theaters don’t have parking available. It’s a good idea to stay at a hotel that is on the free town shuttle route (like our Park City Peaks Hotel).
If you need a car we suggest parking at either the China Bridge Parking Structure (for a fee). It is located just two blocks east of Main Street, but fills up quickly during festival days.
Park City, UT is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Utah during the month of January because among the many Park City events we have going on in the New Year, we are also the host of the Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 19th to January 29th, 2012 and takes place just minutes from our Park City Peaks Hotel.
Since 1981, when the Sundance Institute (started by Robert Redford in Sundance, Utah) was created, the organization has been working to spread and, “advance the work of risk-taking storytellers worldwide.” The film festival is held in Park City every January and draws enormous crowds of talented actors, filmmakers and film-fans to our Park City resorts for 10 days dedicated to celebrating film-making from around the world.
This year’s selection of films and shorts which will be shown and judged are among the best ever brought to event and we are certainly looking forward to watching these amazing works. Are any of you coming to town to the film festival and other Park City events? We’d love to hear from you about your thoughts on the films, your celebrity sightings (there are certain to be a few) and your thoughts on our city and its hospitality!
Trying to book a hotel or event in Park City during the festival? Don’t worry, we still have rooms available as well as event space open, so if you’re planning an event, or looking for a place to stay, we’ve go you covered. Call our Park City Peaks reservations desk today to check availability.
Other great Park City Events worth attending near our Park City Resort:
January 2nd – January 12th– The Winter Classics Music Festival is a project sponsored by the Park City Chamber Music Society and is an added component to the Park City Music Festival, Utah’s longest running classical music festival, now going into its 27th season. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors (62+) and are general seating.
January 22nd – For all of you young hockey fans visiting a Park City resort in January, don’t forget to sign up for Luc Robitaille’s Celebrity shootout event. This youth clinic allows young hockey players to practice their skills with an NHL hall of famer as well as other NHL stars. Registration costs $75.00 and if you register before the 23rd of December you get an extra 10% off.
January 28th – Skiers of all levels will enjoy stopping by the Round Valley Round Up Nordic Ski Race a 5, 20 or 40K, community-based Park City event. In addition to racing the day is filled with other festivities and is open to participants and spectators alike. The first wave of skiers starts at 10:00am.
Thinking of visiting a Park City Resort in the New Year? Our Park City Peaks hotel in Utah has some of the best rates in town and is just minutes away from all of the many festivities occurring in and around the city. Reserve a room at Park City Peaks today!