The next important date for serious Sundance Film Festival fans is Tuesday.
That's the day online registration opens for those who want an appointment to buy individual Sundance tickets. The registration, which continues through Dec. 17, is required for anyone who wants to buy tickets prior to Jan. 15. Unlike previous years, the in-person box offices will not be open until two days prior to the festival, which runs Jan. 17 to Jan. 27.
Time-slot assignments will be emailed on Dec. 20 and actual appointments for Utahns who register will be conducted online Jan. 5 and Jan. 6. Every Utah local who requests an appointment will get one, Sundance officials said.
To register, go to www.sundance.org/festival, and click on "get tickets."
"It's definitely a different ticketing process than in the past," said Heidi Bruce, Sundance ticket manager. Bruce said an online customer survey revealed that those polled preferred to handle the transaction online.
The list of individual films selected for the 2013 festival will be posted online, at www.sundance.org/festival, sometime between the end of November and mid-December.
Bruce said reserved tickets will be available for pickup on Jan. 12 and Jan. 13, and free Best of Fest tickets, which allow the holder to see an award-winning film after the festival closes, also will be available that weekend. The 2013 festival is in Park City, with satellite sites in Ogden, Salt Lake City and Sundance. Ogden's site is Peery's Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd.
Bruce said Utahns get the first shot at Sundance tickets before they are made available to out-of-state buyers.
Tickets are $15 each. College students and military who buy their tickets in person Jan. 15 or later at a box office, and can show military or student IDs, can purchse tickets for $10.