Festival Guide Passes

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Benefactor Pass: $2,500

An all-inclusive pass that is good for Opening Night, Closing Night, Houston Gala, Black Tie Awards Gala, gala film screenings, regular film screenings, talking pictures seminars and programs. These passes have reserved seating at all screenings up until showtime.

Concierge Pass: $1,500

A non-transferable photo identification pass that is good for reserved seating at Opening Night, Closing Night, regular film screenings, gala film screenings and seminars from January 8-19, 2009. Advance reservations required for reserved seating.

Platinum Pass: $400

A non-transferable photo identification pass that is good for regular film screenings, gala film screenings and seminars from January 9-19, 2009. Excludes Opening Night, Closing Night, Houston Gala, and all receptions and parties.

Silver "A" Pass: $275

A non-transferable photo identification pass that is good for all regular film screenings, international gala screenings and seminars from January 9-13, 2009. Excludes Opening Night, Closing Night, Houston Gala, all receptions and parties, and Best of the Fest screenings.

Silver "B" Pass: $275

A non-transferable photo identification pass that is good for all regular film screenings, international gala screenings and seminars from January 14-18, 2009. Excludes Opening Night, Closing Night, Houston Gala, all receptions and parties, and Best of the Fest screenings.




An allotment of seats is reserved at every screening for pass holders. Pass holders will be allowed preferred entrance into theatres up to 20 minutes prior to show time or until the pass holder allotment has been reached. Early arrival at all screenings is recommended. Passes do not guarantee seating. Pass Holders may not always be able to attend specific time or location of their first choice of film program (with the exception of Benefactor Passes).

Queue Cards

Queue Cards are distributed for individual shows to better control entry and determine as quickly as possible when a show is expected to reach the passholder allotment. Only one Queue Card per passholder present will be issued. The Queue Card must be presented with a valid pass for admittance.

Passholders can obtain a Queue Card while awaiting entry into a specified auditorium 45 minutes before the next performance until the passholder allotment is reached. With a Queue Card a passholder does not have to wait in line. This Queue Card will guarantee entry into an assigned screening up to 20 minutes before showtime. Holders of Queue Cards are not guaranteed entry after this time.



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