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Programs Overview


The Film+ Experience

Utah audiences can watch and engage with filmmakers, film subjects, and local luminaries through our film events. Audiences gain behind-the-scenes access to stories and ideas, career-based exploration, and a deeper understanding and appreciation of filmmaking as a craft.

This programming is free and includes: 

  • Through The Lens – our partnership with RadioWest and KUER
  • Black, Bold & Brilliant
  • Rural Utah Film Tour
  • Summer Outdoor Film Series 

Screening venues include Salt Lake City Public Library,  Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, The Viridian Events Center, Liberty Park, and others.

See our upcoming film events here. 

Film Festivals

Utah Film Center also hosts two annual film festivals:

Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Kids – Through our curated films, kids and their families get to see what life is like around the world, understanding that kids their age can be explorers, adventurers, and agents in their own stories. Kids also learn about visual storytelling, how to create different types of content (stop motion animation, sound effects, video game design, etc.), and what it is like to work in filmmaking.

Learn more about Tumbleweeds Film Festival For Kids here.


Damn These Heels Queer Film Festival – A weekend of curated films, conversations, receptions, and workshops that celebrates Queer history, culture, struggles, and triumphs. A committee of local Queer luminaries selects the films to ensure diversity and authenticity. Damn These Heels is an oasis in the desert; in 2023 the festival celebrated its 20th anniversary. 

Read more about the Damn These Heels Queer Film Festival here

DTH 2023 attendees


Media Arts Education

Utah Film Center provides free K-12 media arts education programs for students and educators statewide. In 2023, Utah Film Center served nearly 23,000 Utah teachers and students. Our media arts education program fosters the next generation of creative and critically engaged media consumers and creators.  

All of these programs are free. They include: 

  • Teacher filmmaking professional development courses to help teachers creatively employ cinematic storytelling to engage with their students. 
  • Curated selection of free films and resources on a variety of topics
  • Workshops by professional artists in the classroom 
  • Field trips for students


Read more about our Media Arts Education Programs here.


Artist Foundry

Our Artist Foundry program champions Utah-based filmmakers. By providing co-working spaces, editing bays, networking and job opportunities, workshops, and more, Utah Film Center is invested in ensuring the Utah filmmaking community has expert guidance and a place to thrive. 

Learn more about the Artist Foundry here.

Fiscal Sponsorship

Designed to eliminate barriers for independent filmmakers, our Fiscal Sponsorship program invites artists working on non-commercial projects to apply to become a fiscally-sponsored project of Utah Film Center. Approved projects may use the Utah Film Center’s nonprofit, 501(c)(3) status when applying for funding, creating accessibility and helping to close the gap between independent, homegrown film and mass marketed box-office commercial features. 

Learn more about Fiscal Sponsorship here.


Programming Collaborations

We collaborate with educational and community organizations,  including, but not limited to: RadioWest/KUER, RadioACTive/KRCL, The Rural Utah Project, Utah Division of Indian Affairs, and Utah Arts Festival. These collaborations leverage partnerships to offer programming in different communities around the state, working to ensure that all Utahns have access to the fine arts.

We are always open to pursuing partnerships, please reach out to info@utahfilmcenter.org if you have an idea or would like to set up a meeting to discuss a possible partnership.

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