Try eWaiting For Sundance 2016
You don’t have to throw up your hands or stand in the cold because you didn’t get in on the early ticket packages or just weren’t ready to pull the trigger on a movie tickets. You have options for movie viewing during the Sundance Film Festival like you’ve never had before even if you don’t like them. But it looks like the eWaiting is here to stay.
Try the NEW eWaitlist
Whether those film execs are stuck at their private shindig at the HQ lounge or decided to take a few extra ski runs, there’s usually a vacant seat or two at any number of screenings throughout the Festival. And organizers love to have butts in seats. That’s why there’s always been a line-up of shivering folks prior to the start of each movie, hoping for the golden “standby” ticket. Well, this year sign up on their eWaitlist from anywhere with an internet connection. The first incarnation emerged two years ago to pure hatred.
The app worked so well that those set on “earning” their seats by standing in line the earliest fumed. They complained that the app ruined the experience and pandered not to the filmlover but to the one with the fastest LTE connection.
The idea behind the Sundance app was to prevent folks from waiting twice- once to get a waitlist number and then later to see if they would even be admitted to the screening. With the mobile-enabled check-in system, festivalgoers have a shot to reserve a line position over the internet. Those with smartphones and tablets (or close to a self-serve kiosk) can claim a spot in line two hours before the scheduled screening. The system also allows festivalgoers to view/manage their check-in and gauge their chances of actually getting in to the event. The drawback is obvious. The list fills almost instantly.
In addition, there’s no guarantee that a single waitlister gets in. The waitlist seats open up only if ticket or pass holders don’t show by the 15-minute mark. At that point, the theater management assesses the number of open seats, and sells to the waitlist. Pass holders and ticket holders are still admitted during this time and have priority over waitlisters.
Finally, in order to use the eWaitlist you need to register ahead of time. Check the Sundance website to see when they go live with it (early January). Waitlist tickets will be sold to the waitlist line in queue order on a space available basis, beginning anytime from 30 minutes before the schedule screening time up until the start of the film. Tickets are $20 and only cash is accepted. Waitlist tickets for Sundance Kids screenings are $10. Sorry, no student, military, or senior discounts in the waitlist and WAITLIST NUMBERS DO NOT GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL BE SOLD A TICKET TO YOUR DESIRED SCREENING.