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This story first appeared in the Nov. 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
The Sundance Film Festival typically starts for most upon landing in Salt Lake City, but not next year.
Indie film aficionados can start their fest experience at LAX thanks to Delta. The airliner is teaming with UTA to host the “Delta Festival Shuttle,” a curated LAX-SLC one-way flight on Jan. 22.
For $130, ticketed travelers — who are invited to fly from a special festival regulars list — will get transportation to Sundance with special offerings that are perfect for people who hate lines (so basically everyone in Hollywood.) There will be a VIP check-in desk and expedited security, and once you’ve made it past both, ticketed guests get free brunch from Lemonade.
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According to the official invite, there will “custom on-board entertainment” — described by a source as a live act entertaining passengers — on the 737 as well as special gifts from Delta (a UTA client).
Additional presents include potential face-time with confirmed passengers including UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer, Lava Bear’s David Linde and Lionsgate’s Rob Friedman and Erik Feig, sources said.
The Delta Air Lines flight is one of the company’s eight daily treks from LAX to SLC. As for the return flight? You’re on your own.
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