Film fans, Utah locals, and Park City tourists alike have reason to celebrate this week, thanks to the announcement that the Sundance Film Festival will stay in Park City through 2026, now with a start date that falls after the Martin Luther King holiday.
The festival, which draws a slew of Hollywood legends each winter, was jointly founded by the Park City Council and actor-director Robert Redford. The agreement could have expired in 2018, but the extension now guarantees its for another 13 years.
The only change that the new contract mandates is a delay in the festival's start. Sundance will now begin after the Martin Luther King holidays in order to accommodate the increase in tourism and revenue that the holidays bring about.
Although there was little contention as to whether or not the Sundance Film Festival would remain in Park City, prior to the announcement, it was not confirmed either way. Now, the city can be sure that it will keep its iconic event, and the some $69.5 million dollars the festival brings in each year, according to an article in the Deseret News.
Park City mayor Dana Williams' comments summed up the good news. "I think we all philosophically feel pretty strongly that Park City is the home of Sundance. We've grown up with them over 30 years," she told the Deseret News. "I think it's just a win-win for everybody."
Sundance Film Festival Image Copyright Mark Maziarz