The Sundance Film Festival is slightly different to many other film festivals in that the schedule is largely broken down into two parts: the first five days and the second five days. All festival films are screened at least once in each period, and both ticket packages and festival passes are geared around this division.
The festival is normally busiest during the first period, and pass/packaged for this time tend to sell out first (and a more expensive). Not that those for the second period sit on the shelf for long either!
Generally it isn't too important which period covers your Sundance visit, unless you want to go to the opening reception or awards ceremony, in which case you obviously need to choose the respective period.
Very few passes are available for the entire festival, and those that are (e.g. Off-Peak Pass) tend to have quite heavy restrictions on when you can see films. That said, there is nothing stopping you buying individual tickets for screenings across the entire festival, if you want to stay in Park City for the full 10 days.
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