If you’re new to the Sundance Film Festival or just need a refresher on where to get tix and how to get around, we’ve got a few tips to make the experience as smooth as Robert Redford's hair in The Way We Were.  

What to Watch?

The film fest may be well known for the unknown, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You can find out what the cool kids are watching by clicking here. You can look through specific categories or take your pick from an overall view of what will be playing, your choice. And if you don’t know what to watch, keep up with our reviews as the fest goes on or be daring and choose at random. You never know what treasure you might discover before the hipsters do.

How to Get There?

If you’ve avoided the Sundance experience for fear of navigating Park City during Sundance, fear no more.

Many of the screenings are held in theaters throughout Utah, so you can find the location most convenient to you. For more specific directions and map layouts you can go here. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time for traffic, parking, and getting lost. If you're going to Park City, take the shuttle to get around.

In you'd rather stay home, this year you can participate from the comfort of your couch (this isn’t a joke). Be part of the YouTube audience from Jan. 16–26 by watching the short films streamed from this year’s short film line-up.

The one with the highest number of views wins. For more details on this, go here.

Tickets?

It is too late for Utah local tickets, but you can still purchase individual tickets for the fest. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased here. This is your best bet if you don’t have the time or the luck to buy tickets the day of. You will have to pick the tickets up at the box office two hours before your first screening.

Check out the locations and hours of each box office to plan accordingly.  

If you are feeling daring and spontaneous, you can visit any of the box offices on the day of the film and buy tickets if there is still seating. Don’t lose all hope if seating is filled, you can always be waitlisted for the movie of your choice. This year, Sundance unveiled their electronic waitlist. Click here for more info.

I can’t remember all of this, what do I do?

We know the above is a lot of information to take in, especially for a newbie Sundancer (has Webster looked into adding this term yet?). Fortunately you can now download the Sundance Film Festival 2014 app on your iPhone, iPad, and Android device.

Best of all, it’s completely free. Unfortunately, as can be expected, there are glitches and issues, so don’t rely solely on the app to get around or to purchase tickets.

If you have any other tips to help minimize the Sundance frenzy, let us know in the comments below. After all, the golden rule is, “Do unto fellow Sundancers as you would have them do unto you,” or something like that.