The Utah Film Center will present the 12th annual Damn These Heels LGBT Film Festival July 10-12 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. The festival is a weekend-long celebration of independent, documentary and foreign feature-length films from around the world that explore LGBT issues, ideas, and art. This year, Damn These Heels opens on July 10 with The New Girlfriend, a French psychosexual, trans, genre-bending film from acclaimed director François Ozon (In the House, Potiche, Under the Sand). The festival closes on July 12 with Boulevard by Dito Montiel (Sundance Award Winner, A Guide Recognizing Your Saints), which is a much anticipated film, featuring a standout performance by Robin Williams in one of his last roles.


An off-shoot of the festival, Damn These Heels Year-Round brings LGBT films from around the world to Salt Lake City for free film screenings on the third-Thursday of the month at Brewvies. Click here to see upcoming film schedule.


The Utah Film Center continually strives to bring our community together through the powerful and efficient medium of film. We reach more than 38,000 film lovers annually through:

  • Free screenings of documentary, independent, and dramatic films
  • Post-film Q&As and discussions with visiting artists and professionals
  • Outreach programs, including youth media education in Utah public schools
  • Three annual film festivals

These ongoing programs raise awareness among and inspire audiences while preserving the cinematic culture in Utah. We provide a curated platform for independent voices year-round and best of all, more than 86% of our films, workshops, and events are free.

We collaborate with educational and community organizations–including the University of Utah, the Natural History Museum of Utah, KUER, and the Sundance Institute–to promote a diversity of ideas, provide forums for underrepresented groups, and develop new audiences for film. Our venues in Salt Lake City include the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, the Salt Lake City Public Library, and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Our Utah Film Circuit and Traveling Tumbleweeds programs engage audiences in Moab, Ogden, Park City, Orem, Price, and West Jordan.

Additionally, we curate and organize three film festivals every year. Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Children and Youth is the only festival of its kind in the Intermountain West, catering to our community’s youngest moviegoers and fostering the next generation of filmmakers and film fans. Our longest-running program, the Damn These Heels film festival, is a forum in which LGBT issues, ideas, and art are explored. Both Tumbleweeds and Damn These Heels have expanded to include year-round monthly screenings. Our third festival, TiltShift Festival, is organized by and for teens just beginning to discover their artistic potential, our inaugural festival will take place in April 2015–we hope you’ll join us!