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Sundance Film Festival Experience


Film the way it's supposed to be
—engaged, active, & independent!

Gain access to film making elite. 


About the Program

This an intense submersive experience of film through the Sundance Film Festival. Along with students, Americna Travelers will learn about the practice of film festivals, including the analysis of independent films and the understanding of independent production and distribution. Students will engage with the films and filmmakers at Sundance firsthand through a series of screenings, panels, course lectures, and class assignments.

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  • Experience Film through attendance at Sundance Film Festival.
  • Engage firsthand with film makers, critics, and fans of independent film.
  • See multiple independent films.

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The Program Leaders may determine other eligibility requirements, but at a minimum, all applicants need to meet these requirements: 

  • 18 years of age or older at time of departure (parent/guardian permission for anyone under 18 at time of departure).
  • Full payment prior to departure.
  • Completion of all pre-departure orientations.
  • Permission of program leaders.
  • Complete American Traveler registration.

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Program Package


  • Round-trip airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Sundance Film Pass or Individual tickets to 10 films
  • Transportation from Salt Lake City airport to hotel and back

Not included in program fee

  • Transportation from home to Nashville airport /return from Nashville to your home.
  • Tips and personal expenses.
  • Cost of independent travel (non-program travel).

Final program fee subject to change due to travel arrangements.


Logistical Considerations

  • Students should be prepared to conduct themselves in a mature and respectful manner at all times.
  • This program will also include a fair amount of walking. Proper shoes and attire are required.
  • Expect extreme winter weather, and to pack accordingly.


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Planned Schedule - January 2014  (tentative)

January 6 - 13

Readings, Screenings, and Writing Assignments on the history of Sundance and U.S. Independent Film (online)

January 11-13 

 Midterm exam and final trip preparations (online)

January 14

Depart Nashville.  Class meeting (location TBA).  Dinner and Park City Orientation. Meet in hotel lobby.

January 15

Evening Activity Film Crashing 101

January 17 - 22

Film Screenings

January 23

Group film screening and festival wrap-up

January 24

Return to Nashville


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Registration Form (PDF)

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Program Leaders


  • Park City, Utah


  • Winter 2015


This program will an even number of participants (including noncredit and credit).

  • $2,950



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