SUNDANCE film festival
Tuesday, May 15th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) _ The Sundance Film Festival will make an encore performance in Park City at least through 2005.
Festival officials have agreed to a four-year contract with the city, which the city council is expected to ratify on Thursday. The agreement ends recent worries that the 10-day January showcase for independent filmmakers might move elsewhere, possibly Salt Lake City.
Park City leaders in recent weeks cobbled together a package of incentives aimed at addressing problems Sundance has had in holding its ever-growing festival in the resort town.
The incentives include space for a Main Street technology center, VIP ski passes during the festival and up to $250,000 in cash and services to Sundance.
The festival has been a Park City fixture for the past 17 years.
``A certain ambiance and joie de vivre would have disappeared if the festival would have relocated,'' said City Councilman Roger Harlan.
Sundance administrators say the event brings about $36 million a year to Utah, most of it spent in the Park City area. It attracts about 13,500 out-of-state visitors and draws another 7,500 from Utah.