You don't have to be a Hollywood hotshot or movie-industry insider to participate in the Sundance Film Festival, which runs Jan. 21-31 in Park City, Utah. Many screenings and special events are open to the public; all you need is a pinch of flexibility and some advance planning.
Here's a look at the various ways to get in on Park City's film festival fun:
— Spring for all-access passes: Fans with deep pockets who want to see as many movies as possible should opt for festival passes, which as of early January were still available for the festival's final days.
The $3,000 option buys priority-line position to any screening during that period, plus a ticket to the awards party on Jan. 30. A $1,500 pass provides similar access to films playing at Eccles Theatre, Park City's biggest screening venue. For $300, attend all screenings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Grand Theatre in Salt Lake City. Ten-packs of tickets have already sold out.
— Sign up for single tickets: Individual tickets will be available later this month. For $20, you can score tickets to same-day screenings, but you have to buy them in person at the film festival box office. Open tickets and waitlist tickets also sell for $20, as do special locals-only tickets for Utah residents. All are first come, first served. Ticket resales are prohibited.
— Show your credentials: Schmooze with festival insiders at the Filmmaker's Lodge, the ASCAP Music Cafe and other non-theater venues with a Sundance credential, which sells for $200. You can't get into screenings with it, but you can get close to the creative folks behind them.
More information about Sundance Film Festival tickets is available at www.sundance.org/festivals/sundance-film-festival/get-tickets .