Sundance 2016 Preview - A Close Look at The Hottest Parties


In just a short week many will be heading to the slopes for Sundance Film Festival! Taking place in Park City, Utah, Sundance Film Festival serves as the hub for films, television, celebrities, and media alike. From documentaries to short films, Sundance Film Festival is a time to celebrate the art of storytelling and film. 

With a ton of events and films, finding time for it all can be very challenging. We've listed our top parties and events below!

Paul Oakenfold and Danny Thompson at the Indie Lounge last year! Courtesy Photo

Indie Lounge
Thursday, January 21 – Monday, January 25
710 Main St.

Located in the heart of Main Street the Indie Lounge supports all artists. Presented by Jade Umbrella, Rok Drinks, Power & Industry, Pop Wrapped, and Maxim the #indielounge is a weekend full of events produced by Daniel Thompson. 
Now in its 6th year the Indie Lounge is a place where film takes precedent."Guests love the intimate setting, and overall experience of the Indie Lounge," expresses Indie Lounge creator Daniel Thompson. "It's a hub where filmmakers, indie filmmakers, and key industry figures come together to collaborate on future possibilities -- there is nothing like it at Sundance."
This year the Indie Lounge introduces the 'Indie Lounge Screening Room' where films will be screened in addition to press junkets right below the lounge. The private, invite-only event will even play host to Don Cheadle and his round table discussion about filmmaking (which takes place on Saturday, January 23rd from 2:30PM - 3:30PM). 
Each and every year the Indie Lounge continues to surprise its attendees by providing an interactive experience bigger and better than the previous. From gifting, q+a panels, to film, and music attendees will have a full experience. Guests will be able to learn about the hottest products on the market to date as well as llearn the 'power of storytelling' through film and music. One thing that makes the Indie Lounge such a must stop is the fact that it has proven true each and every year. 

Jeffrey Tambor, James Marsden, Jack Black, and Kathryn Hahn made a pit stop! Photo Credit: Isaac Brekken

Stella Artois Filmmaker Lounge
Friday, January 22 – Sunday, January 24
At the Base of Village at the Lift
Located at the base of Village at the Lift guests can tuck into this hideaway. Stella will be serving drinks from day till 2a.m with a rotation of film parties over the weekend.

Samsung Studio:
Friday, January 22-January 26
638 Park Ave 11am-6pm

The Samsung Studio will serve as a hub for filmmakers, content developers, industry influencers and more to experience the world of film and content through the lens of the latest Samsung product that helps enable and empower storytelling  - the new Gear VR powered by Oculus.  Throughout the festival, a full roster of specialty programming will take place, including an inside look at the next installment of episodes of “GONE,” an original VR thriller from Skybound Entertainment, Wevr and Samsung;  exclusive screeningsmusical performances and Q&A’s with cast members and more.  A Samsung Café, in partnership with Salt Lake’s very own The Rose Establishment, will be open every day to serve specialty coffee and a full cafe menu for all visitors. 

Emile Hirsch and Ethan Hawke at Village at the lift! Photo Credit: Isaac Brekken


Kia Supper Suite:

Friday, January 22nd-Monday, January 25th

Cisero's on Main

Kia Supper Suite is one of the top contenders at this years Sundance Film Festival. Taking over Cisero's Ristorante the first weekend of the festival, the invite-only event is coordinated by A-List Communications. Attendees can expect to see a few chosen films over the course of the weekend paired with top shelf sponsors Maestro Dobel Tequila and Johndrow Vineyards while enjoying delicious meals from new culinary partner Chef Steven Fretz of the LA hot spot Church Key

"Eli Roth, along with the Greater Miami CVB and DeLeon Tequila, celebrated Miami Beach's 100th birthday at the "It's So Miami" dinner series during the Sundance Film Festival." Courtesy Photo

Barclaycard Arrival+ Presents 364 Main:
Friday, January 22nd - Sunday, January 24th
364 Main St. 
Guests will be able to embark on an luxury travel lounge experience and also check out the 'It's So Miami Oasis Lounge' onsite. Activites include: 
  • Miami Oasis: The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is hosting The Wrap's private junket series featuring one-on-one interviews and photo shoots with this year's top talent, directors and producers (names like John LegendNick Jonas, Lena Dunham, Ellen Page, Michelle Williams, Anderson Cooper, Kevin Smith, John Krasinski, Elijah Wood, Danny DeVito, Molly Shannon, Chelsea Handler, Daniel Radcliff, etc )
  • The Points Guy, which helps travelers find the best deals, will be providing a convenient and combined work/play space with complimentary Wi-Fi and panel discussions for attendees
  • Dell Workshop: Adrian Grenier will be hosting daytime workshops with Dell, and exclusive film dinners at night, which Grenier will be personally curating with his celebrity friends.
  • Additional activations include the following: 
    Campbell's will be offering a make-it-yourself soup station
    V8 will have a Bloody Mary and fresh fruit cocktails bar
    Chuda Hydrating Healing Cream, launching on Feb 1, will be showcasing their new product! 


Variety &  Fandango Sundance Studio presented by Dockers

Saturday, January 23-January 26

625 Main St. 9AM-5PM

For the 8th year in a row, Variety will host the Variety & Fandango Sundance Studio presented by Dockers from January 23rd to January 26th. Top talent expected to come by include: Casey Affleck, Don Cheadle, Anderson Cooper, Lena Dunham, Chelsea Handler, Armie Hammer, Nick Jonas, John Krasinski, and Kristen Stewart among others .  On the second floor, Variety will host its portrait studio with Shutterstock andFandango will be interviewing select actors as part of its Movie3Some series. Both Dockers and Woolrich will be offering guests of the studio their newest items this season in a luxury lounge setting.


Missi Pyle Enjoying a Tito's Bloody Mary at the EcoLuxe Lounge at Cisero's Restaurant. Courtesy Photoc

EcoLuxe Lounge:
Saturday and Sunday January 23rd and 24th, 12 - 6pm 
The Blue Iguana, 255 Main Street Park City, Utah

Partnering with EMC Bowery this time around, the EcoLuxe Lounge brings the best eco-friendly products to the forefront. 
Premium sponsors for the EcoLuxe lounge are Choices Recovery Media Center  and LaCroix Sparkling Water . Hosted by How2Girl Courtney Sixx who will interview notables on our country's growing addiction problem, Charity partner Shriners Hospitals for Children - Los Angeles will have a photo booth where Celebs will be wearing fake stick-on mustaches in support of their fun theme "Staching-thru-the-snow with Shriners". 
A farm-to-table no-GMO organic breakfast buffet presented by Whole FoodsFit Food 2 You and Celebrity Chef Adam Kreisel  served daily until 2:00pm paired with Bulletproof Coffee Bar (also serving herb tea and Hot Cocoa) , then an Apres-Ski buffet from 2:00pm-6:00pm served by Mangia Park City with artisan gluten-free pizzas, pastas, calzones, garlic and cinnamon knots. Beverages by Titos Handmade in-the-USA certified gluten-free Vodka cocktails Bloodies Bar with LaCroix Sparkling Water  paired with RIPE Bar Craft Juice, and mocktails with LaCroix & RIPE cold-pressed juices.
Guests will have the chance to stock up on plenty of goodies! Spa Montage Deer Valley will provide 5-10 minute contouring sessions "mini face lifts" using the NuFace Trinity device and gifting $ 500.00 swag bags and free massages. Other brand sponsors include: Chariot Travelware which has custom luggage, Handbag Republic will showcase its luxury vegan handbags, guests will be able to stay warm with resqme inc. hand warmers and BULA snow accessories. Hit the slopes in style with ethically made athletic sportswear by Barefoot Athletic Company and eco-friendly boots and shoes by Burnetie ShoesFor mans best friend, free doggie daycare gift certificates from CAMP RUN A MUTT South Bay will be handed out.  Additional sponsors include: Luxury Day ChartersRepurpose Compostables Modern Oats, and more. 

Hannah Simone to Host Catdance Film Festival in Park City! Courtesy Photo

Catdance Film Festival Presented by new Fresh Step with the Power of Febreze:
Saturday, January 23 8pm-11pm
Cisero's: 306 Main St.
“New Girl” Actress and Cat Lover Hannah Simone to Host the Catdance Film Festival Presented by new Fresh Step with the Power of Febreze
Put on your whiskers and best pair of cat ears and prepare for the 'meow-tastic' evening! The Catdance Film Festival takes over for its 4th year!  The event will feature the best of feline film, including the debut of a virtual reality experience through the eyes of a cat. As part of the Fresh Step Million Meow Mission, this heart-warming experience may help more shelter cats find forever homes. If the world could see how much adoption means from a cat’s point of view, shelters would be empty.

In addition to the virtual reality experience, Simone will bestow the Golden Litter Scoop and award $25,000 for the best original short cat film. Guests will enjoy kitty cocktails, visit with the adoptable kittens on the red carpet and be entertained by other MEOW-valous activities.


The Ainsworth Presents the 4th Annual NFL Viewing Party! Courtesy Photo


NFL Viewing Party - The Ainsworth

Sunday, January 24th starting at 1PM

825 Main Street

Hosted by Paige Hospitality Group, The Ainsworth presents "The 4th Annual Sunday Game Watch". The NFL Viewing Party will be held at Village at the Lift. Guests will be able to keep up with the latest on their favorite teams all in style. Expect to see some of the hottest celebrities in the building for this take on a Sunday Funday!


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