One of the film industry’s biggest occasions each year is the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Industry professionals, celebrities, and film buffs flock to the wintery event for 10 full days of appreciating the best independent film releases. With glamorous industry parties and A-list guest lists, the small town is transformed into a playground for Hollywood. The focus of the festival may be the films, but the party culture is a huge draw as dozens of celebrations go on throughout the week sponsored by big brands and industry players. Get the low down on some of the city’s biggest events where attendees will gather to mix and mingle in the snow.
Sundance Film Festival 2020 Party Guide
Whether you have a Festival Pass to attend screenings as you please, or individual tickets for anticipated favorites, there are plenty of ways to make the most of the entertaining week. After receiving over 15,000 entries, 118 independent films were chosen to be a part of the legendary festival. In addition to attending premieres, festival goers will enjoy their time through visiting industry panels and mingling with the cinema-loving crowd. With categories like Midnight, late night screenings of burgeoning cult favorites, or New Frontier, films that challenge the boundaries of modern cinema, you’re sure to get a sneak peek of what’s hot in the industry with the variety of films being shown throughout the week.
TAO Park City
Anyone who has attended TAO nightclubs in Las Vegas or New York City will know what to expect at this exclusive pop-up going on for its 12th year. Friday night will open with DJs Brody Jenner and Devin Lucien and continue with DJ Vice on Saturday and NVM on Sunday. The invite only party will be sponsored by Casamigos, Stella Artois and Chateau d’Esclans and is expected to draw a bevy of star-studded attendees. Partygoers in past years have been treated to special guest performances throughout the weekend from artists like Pharrell, Nas and Kaskade.
The MACRO Lounge comes back each year to host panels and events highlighting up-and-comers in the film industry. In past years, guests like Ava Duvernay, Michael B. Jordan and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have attended the Lounge’s exciting events. The annual invitation-only Midnight Macro Party also occurs each Saturday for a late night destination for guests to party.
DIRECTV Lodge Presented by AT&T
A recurring sponsor for the festival, AT&T joins with DIRECTV each year to create a lively space for actors, tastemakers, and industry folk to mix and mingle. The lodge hosts a number of lunches, panels, and dinners for attendees making it a staple in the week’s events.
Stella’s Film Lounge
Belgian beer brand Stella Artois hosts a lounge space each year on Main Street, bringing together filmmakers and stars who are making innovative moves in the industry. The Stella Artois Film Finishing Fund grant has been presented to its recipients in past years along with Women in Film at this exciting venue.
As one of the official rideshare sponsors of Sundance in the past, Lyft has had a lofty presence in the festival through providing rides for attendees alongside hosting a two-story lounge open to the public. With a photo booth and hot chocolate bar, it’s a go-to stop for film lovers taking a break between films. By night, the venue hosts a variety of events, dinners and cocktail parties.
Canons “Raise Your Glass to Cinematography” Party
With Canon cameras being a primary choice of equipment for filmmakers, their annual Creative Studio pays tribute to filmmakers’ artistry with pop-up that features interactive displays, snacks and wifi, along with an invite-only Raise Your Glass cocktail party.
Music Lodge: January 24th-26th, 2020
One of the most star-studded locales during the festival is the Music Lodge, originally created as a lounge for actors and musicians to take the stage and perform for their peers. This year, A-listers like Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Taylor Swift and Ben Stiller are on the guest list to enjoy the lounge throughout the weekend. A hosted bar from Heineken and brand product displays will be featured along with media partners doing live interviews with actors and filmmakers.
XTR Bootsy Bellows Party: January 25th 2020
David Arquette will be joining his two business ventures together for a celebration on Saturday night. His documentary film and TV company XTR will be honored during a pop-up party hosted by Bootsy Bellows, Arquette’s nightclub with locations in Los Angeles and Aspen. The pop-up will take place at Lateral at Warner Music Lodge–a trendy underground spot adjacent to the venue, alongside sponsors AT&T and Cazadores Tequila.
Kia Telluride Supper Suite: January 25th-January 27th, 2020
Nearby in Telluride, The Kia Supper Suite will have events ongoing through the weekend honoring a variety of Sundance featured films. Saturday’s Creative Coalition Dinner will see guests like Olivia Munn and Brad Paisley. The suite will also have cocktail parties for the casts of a range of films like “I Carry You With Me” starring Michelle Rodriguez and “Tesla” starring Ethan Hawke.
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