Sundance 2014: Go Behind the Scenes with PEOPLE

Kendra Wilkinson and Joe Manganiello

updated 08/25/2015 AT 8:16 PM ET

originally published 01/25/2014 AT 12:00 PM ET

While most of America is dreaming of warmer weather, stars like Kendra Wilkinson, Joe Manganiello, Harry Styles and more left their tropical vacations and the comfort of their sunny, Southern California homes and flocked to the snowy mountains of Park City, Utah, for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Since the festival’s humble beginnings in 1978, it has grown from a celebration of independent film into an enviable industry party and A-list networking event.

Here’s an inside look at what went on at this year’s festival outside of the dark movie theaters.