What It's Really Like at Sundance

A photo diary from our weekend at the fest.

Sundance Film Festival 2015 Photo Diary
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Over the weekend, we made the journey to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and attended handful of amazing film premieres—stay tuned for our favorites—as well as a few fabulous parties. But just as importantly, we got to experience every bit the festival had to offer outside the theaters, from its bustling and star-studded Main Street to the homespun culture of Park City. Follow our photo diary below to see all our favorite moments, from celebrity run-ins (we see you, Dianna Agron) to hitting the snowy slopes of the Canyons.

Sundance Film Festival badge, brown purse and sunglasses

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All an editor really needs at Sundance is the essentials: a fringe bag, Ray Ban aviators, and a press pass.

Sundance Film Festival signage and lampost with blue sky

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A landmark of Main Street, the Egyptian Theater is one of Sundance's most famous spots. The first screening we saw there was Misery Loves Comedy, a hilarious documentary featuring Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks, and Lisa Kudrow.

Sundance Film Festival serious ladies in meeting

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A discussion about on-screen gender roles featuring Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Kristen Wiig, Orange Is the New Black writer Jenji Kohan, and New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum—need we say more? Get a recap of the weekend's most buzzed-about panel here (opens in new tab).

Ski slope and trees

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Hitting the slopes in between screenings is an absolute must—and not just for après-ski's sake.We spent a gorgeous morning at the Canyons, one of Park City's most famous resorts, skiing and taking in the unparalleled mountain views.

Bombay chai tea at The Farm Restaurant

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After a few runs down the mountain, we had some piping hot Bombay chai tea waiting for us at The Farm Restaurant, where we ate a locally-harvested lunch.

Airbnb mountain house chairs in front of fireplace and glass of wine on table

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Like many out-of-towners, we got to experience Park City like a local by staying in an Airbnb mountain house, complete with a light-switch fireplace and hot tub—two things that make unwinding after a long day at the festival pretty sweet.

Inside Utah's first distillery

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It's impossible to get the authentic Park City experience without a night of revelry at High West, Utah's first distillery since the 1870s. During a whiskey tasting (our vote goes to the smoky Campfire blend), we got a behind-the-scenes look at the distilling process and now we know why it burns so good.

Sundance Film Festival night view with lights

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Weekend nights during Sundance are not for the faint of heart. The lit-up streets are insanely crowded, but unbeknownst to you, you're likely rubbing shoulders with all the movers and shakers.

Spike Lee wearing jacket and beanie

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Suffice it to say, a Spike Lee run-in isn't totally unusual on Sundance grounds. This snap finds the director making his "last expression before the world ends," as requested by a photographer. Man, can he keep his cool.

Banksy art on street corner

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At Sundance, you never know what Banksy masterpiece is waiting for you around the corner.

Blond lady smiling wearing black sweater and black and white scarf

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Confirmed: Dianna Agron is even more beautiful IRL. We stopped by the Birchbox pop-up and chatted with the actress ahead of the world premiere of her new film Zipper, where she plays the object of Patrick Wilson's character's affection.

Pumpkin the owl

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During one stroll down Main Street, we made the acquaintance of Pumpkin the owl. He's the face of  Earthwings (opens in new tab), an organization that specializes in bird shows and plans to expand its educational mission and build a one-of-a-kind public wildlife center in Utah. Learn more about Pumpkin's cause here (opens in new tab).

Box shelves mounted to wall with books, picture frames, vases, old camera

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Each day, we'd pop into the Airbnb Haus on Main Street, which was not only filled with an assortment of curiosities (as pictured here), but was a gathering space for indie filmmakers, artists, and caffeine addicts who wanted their Four Barrel Coffee fix.

Four Barrel Coffee buttons

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These little Four Barrel Coffee buttons were amongst our favorite souvenirs from the festival.

Connie Britton and Molly Shannon at Grey Goose's party

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Of course we had to find time to hang out with Connie Britton and Molly Shannon at Grey Goose's party for their new film Me & Earl & the Dying Girl.

Planned Parenthood's Sundance cocktail, Lena Dunham delivering a speech

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One of the highlights of the weekend was attending Planned Parenthood's Sundance cocktail, where Lena Dunham delivered a speech that was inspiring and hilarious in equal parts—not that we'd expect anything less.

You should also check out:

The State of Women on TV: Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, and Kristen Wiig Get Candid at Sundance (opens in new tab)

Sundance Report: New Premiere 'The Hunting Ground' Sheds Further Light on Campus Rape (opens in new tab)

Lauren is the former beauty editor at Marie Claire. She love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. She firmly believes that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.